A Rough Week

It’s been a rough week.  Mom went by ambulance into the hospital on Saturday.  My oldest sister rushed to be there so she wouldn’t be anxious or upset.  I followed as soon as I could.  They weren’t sure what caused the problems but suspected a TIA (mini stroke).  After we left another of our sisters stopped in to spend time with her.

After being there Saturday to support my mom and sister, I went back on Sunday as did one of my sisters and one of my nieces.  Monday I picked her up from the hospital and took her home. 

Yesterday my daughter was supposed to take my mother to a doctor’s appointment.  When she got there, my mother was lethargic, unresponsive, dizzy, and couldn’t get to the car.  My daughter called for an ambulance. 

In the last four days, my mother has had two CT scans, two chest xrays, an MRI, and ultrasound, and lots of blood drawn.  Now they think she has a heart infection.  They wanted to send her to Madison for a test – to be taken by ambulance, put under anesthesia, and then brought back by ambulance. 

I’m not thrilled with the medical community under normal circumstances.  This makes me even less thrilled with them.  Why did they release her on Monday?  Obviously she wasn’t well.  Perhaps if they had kept her in the hospital, she wouldn’t have deteriorated or they could have caught the other issues. 

We are facing a lot right now.  I have to say, as much as kid about my family and how we don’t always see eye to eye, we’ve been on the same page.  It’s all been about the best care possible for mom without infringing on her desires for little intervention. 

Mom is 86.  She’s fighting this infection.  I don’t know where this will take us but hopefully we will continue to all be on the same page.  We all have different belief systems but we are all sending our positive energy or prayers or whatever we believe in to our mother for the best possible outcome. 

My daughters have been amazing in offering me support and care, giving me a chance to vent and talk through all the things going on.  The family has all come together to support mom in this difficult time. 

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