My week was an emotional roller coaster ride but I think the ride is winding down. From the time we arrived at the ER on Monday Mom's condition just kept worsening. She was so bad when I left on Wednesday that I thought we would lose her. But she turned the corner and by Wednesday evening she had started improving. On Thursday she was so weak that she could not even move her legs a few inches by herself to get comfortable. Yesterday she was able to get out of bed and into a chair with just a little help and she was able to feed herself!
Yesterday was the first day that I was able to talk to her and believe that she actually knew what I was talking about. She had a test to see if surgery to repair the aneurysm is even possible. If it is possible it is probably very risky with her other medical problems so she and we, her family, may still have some hard decisions and a lot of soul searching ahead. With the holiday weekend we probably won't know much before Monday.
If she does not have surgery she will be transferred to a nursing home for short term rehab some time next week. She is still too weak to manage at home by herself but we are hopeful that after another week or two of care that she can go home, with some additional help. Her transition will be hard on all of us and I expect that I won't be online too much for the next week or so. I still have much to do both for her and at home before my surgery.
I want to thank all of the people that have taken care of her at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. Everyone has been very kind to her. I especially want to thank the staff on 6 North. For myself, I thank Linda, N.P., for patiently answering my questions and giving me the support I needed.
I also want to thank all of you that have offered words of support and friendship during the week either here or on FaceBook. Your comments kept me going!
I did almost no reading this week. I hope to start catching up over the next few days.
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