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Friday, September 3, 2010

Let Me Bring You Up to Speed

You may have noticed I've been a little tight lipped concerning my mother lately. Today marks the two month anniversary of the day I rushed her to the emergency room. Again. While she was there for the clot in her leg, she developed a bacterial infection on her lungs, her weight plummeted to under 90 pounds, and 3 1/2 weeks ago, she had surgery to remove half of her left lung.

I wasn't all for that in her condition. I was assured it went well, and she'd recover in 3 to 5 days.

She crashed hard after that, and had to be put on a ventilator and a breathing tube. I took up residence in CCU and watched her sleep for three weeks, signing consent forms, running to the office, back to school shopping, and STILL doggedly working on the house. Yelling at doctors and nurses became a new hobby for me (I'm a bit of a bull moose. You were completely unaware of that, right?), while my blood pressure spiked and my ankles turned into cankles from standing beside her bed. Her condition remained critical.

Yeah, I know how to party.

Why am I telling you all of this now? Well, I hate to relate stories that are just downers, so...

Tuesday, I walked in at 6:45 AM, and her eyes were open! And she SMILED at me.
I didn't cry. Not until I got to the car. As far as she knew, I fully expected this.

Today, I walked into CCU, got my gown and gloves out of the drawers in the hallway as usual, and halted at the threshold to her room.

It was empty. The bed was made.
"Where's my mother?" I asked the desk in a surprisingly calm voice.

"Oh, she was moved to the fifth floor." 

There was a little more yelling on my part about how a phone call would have been nice, but most of what you heard were keys jingling and my flats slapping the linoleum in a pretty brisk trot.

5 minutes later, there she was, smiling, sitting up, trying to mouth all kinds of silent questions to me, animated and expressive...
...in stable condition.

31 comments:

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

OH! I'm so, so, happy to hear this! Sending positive vibes all the way to you guys.

*Sarah said...

Great News!

Heather@myeverydaygraces said...

This is good news indeed... What a wonderful thought to start my weekend:) Did your mother move to be with you because of medical conditions? Or did this all happen just after she arrived?

Well, I guess if she is anything like you I would expect nothing less:) Keep up the good fight!

Vicki said...

That's awesome! Strength and good health to you and your mom.

mle said...

That is such wonderful news!!
Have a a great weekend!!!!!

Sherri B. said...

Yippy! What a weight off of your heart this must be. You really are an amazing woman to take on all of this and still with a good attitude and a sense of humor. You are a powerful woman! ...Have a great Labor Day weekend (I know labor will be in your weekend).

Carol said...

Woo hoo!!! Such good news, Sunny! Don't forget the linky party today... I just got the post up. Have a feeling you will love it : )

Carol
antiquetexan.blogspot.com

--strings and things-- said...

I'm such a sap since I had Monster. This made me cry! Good to hear she's doing so good now :)

Vonda said...

What wonderful news right here before the holiday weekend!

Bambi said...

Awwwwww and Yaaaaay! :)

The Thriftress said...

That's wonderful! I was afraid the story wouldn't turn out so great! I'm so happy for you and your Mom.
Sarah

Chelsea said...

Yay! What wonderful news!! I'm so happy, and I hope she continues to improve and get better each day!

~Chelsea

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a sweet answer to prayer. I am so happy for you. I know this has been such a trying time and you definitely must be exhausted. Just relax and enjoy the moment. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com said...

tears of joy for you and your mother! That's a wonderful story to just make my Friday!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful news!

Life in Rehab said...

I'm breathing a sigh of relief...thank you for all of your prayers, support, well wishes, and good vibes.

Christin@Pregnant with power tools said...

Wow, I'm so glad to hear that your mom is feeling better - I'll be thinking about you both. Here's to speedy full recovery!

Brandy said...

I cried when I read this!!! Whoo Hoo, sending you lots of positive mojo!!!!

allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com said...

psst - you won a giveaway at Fireflies and Jellybeans! Go email her for it!! ;)

Steph @ This Organized Mess said...

I am so happy to here this good news !!! I'm gonna tell Momma when I call her since she has been a little out of blog land of late. But she always asks if I've seen anything on here about your mom. You've both been in both of our thoughts !

Life in Rehab said...

Steph, thanks, and PLEASE tell your mom hi for me. I haven't wanted to say anything because the news wasn't good, and I didn't want anyone to feel sad.

Mel said...

Woo hoo! Fantastic news. I'll continue sending the good vibes until we get your mumma home, safe, sound and healthier.

Life in Rehab said...

Hi Heather, I moved her down because she has severe back problems that required surgery, and she wouldn't be able to take care of herself for months, so it was suggested that she be placed in a nursing home. I sorta hit the roof. So we put her house on the market and I flew up, packed her up, and drove her down, followed by a moving van full of her stuff. 17 hours in the car with a dog on her lap caused the blood clot. Then she contracted the bacterial infection in the hospital. And...well, here we are.

Debbie said...

What a wonderful story! I was not sure the direction it was taking, and was so pleasantly surprised. Thanks for sharing the good news. Sounds like you got a little bit of the BULL from dear ole MOM!!~ YAY MOM!!~ Have a great weekend. Debbie

Tru@TRU TALES FEATS said...

That is great. One less worry for you.

lisbonlioness said...

My mum is a cancer survivor. She lives in Germany, I live in England, and we only see each other for a week every year. This one week came to an end today, and I already miss her a helluva lot.
The bond between mother and daughter is special, and reading about your mums recovery today almost made me cry with joy.
She'll be giving you an earful again in no time!!

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ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Whew!! You scared me with that story! I'm so happy she's been moved and doing better. That is great news Sunny! I don't know how you do all that you do. I know you just "do" it but I'm still in awe. (((HUGS)))

Deb said...

Oh Sunny!!!! I'm so glad your mom is on the mend - what wonderful news!! (But you did scare me a bit!!) Enjoy being with your mom - I'm sure you are a treasure to her as she is to you :)

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

I am so happy to hear she's doing better. GREAT NEWS!

Kelly

Michelle L. said...

Life is crazy, life is terrifying. Life is good! What a roller coaster of a post, my dear. May she just keep on improving.

Amanda said...

Sunny, I'm so glad! What a happy day. Gosh you're awesome. She's a lucky mom to have a daughter like you.