Wednesday, November 21, 2007

THANKSgiving (11/21/07)

As Thanksgiving draws near, like everyone else, I am thinking of all of the wonderful things in my life that I am truly thankful for... my couldn't be more perfect husband, our healthy, beautiful children, our cute modest home, and our health.

I'm incredibly thankful that my mother made it through her pacemaker surgery. Although this type of surgery is considered somewhat "routine", Mom's wasn't without complications and an extended hospital stay. However, she managed to pull through as she always has... with a strong will to survive and a great, warped sense of humor. Her philosophy is that if you don't laugh about certain tragedies you will drown in self pity... self pity uses up too much energy... laughter IS the best medicine (and she is proof). I'm thankful that Mom is still alive after 30 years of having the "rug pulled out" from under her... I'm thankful that Mom still has most of her sense about who she is and who all of us around her are... I'm thankful that I can still hug and kiss her and tell her how much I love and appreciate her.

My cliche advise to everyone is... while you are sitting at your dinner table tomorrow for your Thanksgiving dinner look at everyone there and think of how fortunate you are for the "gifts" bestowed upon you by having each of them in your life. Make a toast and enjoy the afternoon basking in their presence... play games, laugh, tell stories of past memories and relive them with a smile.

Happy Thanksgiving One and All!!

~Anne

Thursday, November 8, 2007

EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER

Mom is being released from the hospital today. She is still having chest pain but not severe like yesterday. For 30 years her doctors have always had her close to deaths door and she always slams the door in its face. Thank goodness Mom is not ready to go yet. Can you believe this?!?!

Talk about an emotional roller coaster!! Last night they were saying they thought she had this clot in her lung... now they seem to be dismissing it. I don't get it but I'll take it!

~Whew~

Dangerous and Scary right now...

Mom had her surgery on Tuesday to have her pacemaker put in. She is still in the hospital because of complications. Her pulse rate was up to 157 and she has been having consistent severe chest pain. Found out your pulse rate should be at about 70 or so.

Doctors think she might have a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in her lung) so all of the sudden this has become a very dangerous time for her. She's been moved to intensive care.

~sigh~... nothing is ever easy for her.
We are all holding our breath. I fear that this hospital stint will reek havoc on her dementia.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Premature Update...

I guess I sent the update out too early. I just talked to Dad and there are, in fact, problems. Mom will probably be in the hospital for a couple more days.
Her pulse rate actually did get high last night, up to 157. I'm not quite sure what it should be normally. She has been having severe chest pain and the doctors cannot figure out why. The pace maker is functioning normally.
These health problems with my mother are so exhausting to all involved.

UPDATE

11/7/07 UPDATE:
Talked to Dad this morning about 9:00. Mom had called him during the night complaining of her blood pressure skyrocketing. Dad called the nurses (she's still in the hospital) and they assured him that was not the case. I mentioned to Dad that maybe the pacemaker is working and she's not used to her heart working to normal capacity, which he said, "yeah, you're probably right". I'm sure to her it did feel like her blood pressure was sky high. This is just my theory.

~ANNE

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Success So Far

Dad called about 45 minutes ago to let me know that Mom came out of her surgery fine. The doctors seem optimistic that this pacemaker will REALLY help her feel better. They (the doctors) have admitted her to the hospital to stay the night for observation. Sooo, for now all we can do is wait and see...

Love you Mom!
Anne