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News On My Mother Post Surgery Complications Showing up again – and Apologies

Update 3/15/13:

My Mother is now in the Rehab Center, in a room where she can see her favorite nurse there, that is the good news.

The bad news, the feeling/movement went away about a day after after surgery. It’s official now, Mom is a paraplegic, she had 2 weeks to start feeling her legs, by the doctors figures. My Mother is now  numb from the lowest ribs down for 2 weeks now and we must face all the fact that she will be a paraplegic for the rest of her life. She and Dad must face trials they shall have to face for her disabilities. From being in the wheelchair, to being catheterized and carrying a bag for urine to diapers for the rest of her life. Her Sewing on her machines (which the adores will be a problem without feet to operate, no driving etc). This is going to be a time of mourning the loss of use for half of her body and dealing with difficulties as she/we learn to adjust to her newest disability… her artwork with her hands, thankfully she will continue and will be a MUST for her to work with to escape her new situation. We, are all greatly saddened by this.

my hands forming a heart, with the words "Asking for Blessings and thoughts of strength, the warmth of love and of wellbeing for my Father and Mother
As of late last night, we received the news of Mom’s Complications being back again. We are preparing ourselves for the worst and hoping for the best.

First let me start off with one of my apologies at the top here (the other one will be at the bottom of my post). I apologize for my lack of tweeting, posting on facebook and adding more to the blog at this time. I promise you all, I am going to resume my reviews and giveaways here very soon. First, I am waiting on the Blog’s Grand Opening for the whole Month of March, for some really fabulous Reviews and Giveaways. Secondly, I may not be tweeting or posting much for the next day or two as I catch up more people on the latest & I await some hopefully good news.

I have had a roller-coaster ride today with news on my Mother’s surgery, good news about the my Mother, she made it through surgery. Then bad news, machines were showing that she was not receiving the readings she should have to her legs, so fear was she’d become a paraplegic. Then the news that as she was able to move her toes on both feet ever so slightly, so maybe paralyzed from surgery and maybe not. Then the great news that she could feel the doctor as he touched her legs. Now as she is out of recovery, my family received the message below from my Father…

Quoted from my Fathers email:

Please keep the prayers coming.  She is completely out of the anesthesia now. 
 
As expected she is in a world of hurt and things seem to have changed for her legs.  She can barely wiggle her left toes.  Right ones don’t seem to work at all and she has no feeling in either leg or foot now.
 
There is some swelling in her back and the doc hopes the problem will leave as that reduces, but no guarantees.  He says it may take a week or …

As may be expected she is terrified.  Will spend a few days or more in the ICU.

I had a good cry finally while talking to my Sister on the phone, so nice to hear from her, it seems she read Dad’s email at the same time as I have. I have been near tears most of the day here.

I apologize and I am sorry that I started my post out the way I did for my “Day of Prayer” post and possibly the other posts as well. I understand, after talking to my Sister about what happened today, that it could have been misconstrued as to the meaning of those posts and stopped many people cold right there, as people may have thought I was pushing religion on them and they quit before reading what all I had to say… quite understandable. I am so sorry, this was not my intention.

I wish for you all to know that I never wished to push the people that quit “liking” my blog on Facebook away, nor did I intend to push religion on anyone (visa vi my mention of prayer in my posts, where I did try to include everyone in the posts by just asking for caring thoughts as well). I am easy going and never judge people for their beliefs, religion or anything like that.

I am so sorry for those I offended, honestly I was just posting out of fear for my frail Mothers well being and hoping that I selfishly may feel some support today, as I really love my Mother and have been finding it difficult to see her go through so much.

I am so thankful for the outpouring of care, sympathy and support by several of my readers. And I am so very thankful too for the many of you that have stuck by my side while I go through this right now… Thank you everyone. And thank you for putting up with my rambling in this post, I wrote this late at night and today I don’t have the energy to rewrite it, or add pictures… as you can guess it was a very hard night to get any sleep.

Love and hugs,

Mariah

Please Continue Prayers for my Mother – Surgery is Over with Complications

Edit 3/13/13: The feeling/movement is gone and she is once again a paraplegic, she had 2 weeks to start feeling her legs, by the doctors figures. My Mother is now  numb from the lowest ribs down for 2 weeks now and we must face all the fact that she will be a paraplegic for the rest of her life. She and Dad must face trials they shall have to face for her disabilities. From being in the wheelchair, to being catheterized and carrying a bag for urine to diapers for the rest of her life. Her Sewing on her machines (which the adores will be a problem without feet to operate, no driving etc). This is going to be a time of mourning and trials as she/we learn to adjust to this new life challenges… her artwork with her hands, thankfully she will continue and will be a MUST for her to work with to escape her new situation. We, are all greatly saddened by this.

Edit: 4:23pm (Mountain Time): New UPDATE to the update: Good news folks, my Mother can feel her legs now when the doctor touches them! Yay!!!!

A picture of my Mother, pre drastic weight loss and a few years back.
My Mother in better times, on prednisone in the picture, and a few years back.

This is a short update here:

My Mother is out of surgery, it went well and she is doing well (all things considered). However there are complications, the signals to her legs weren’t/aren’t there. But she could wiggle her toes very slightly… she could be a paraplegic if things don’t improve. My Father, Rick and I believe that if they hadn’t dong the surgery she would have become a paraplegic… we hope and pray that this is only a temporary setback as she could slightly wiggle those toes.

The mass that they thought was an encrusted area of infection was the damage to the surrounding tissues from her vertebrae that had disintegrated.

Please, continue to keep my Mother in your thoughts and prayers, as she heals. God bless her and give her great strength through this difficult healing process. And God bless my father and the friends that made it out to the hospital to help distract my father during the long surgery today.

Mom, Dad and All Mom's Sweet Friends at American Legion, Sept 2012 Picture taken by Mariah
Mom is so loved, when we went to the Local American Legion, I had to take a picture of her, Dad and Mom’s Admirers.

I am going to arrange a way to come up and stay with Mom and Dad for a week or so to help out, when Mom gets out of the hospital… it’s the least I can do.

To see my previous post and find the link to sign the get well card:

http://www.honestlymariah.com/a-day-of-prayer-for-me-mother-in-surgery/

Update on My Mother – Prayers and Good Thoughts Requested

 

Mom, Dad and All Mom's Sweet Friends at American Legion, Sept 2012 Picture taken by Mariah
Sept. 2012. Mom is so loved, when we went to the Local American Legion, I had to take a picture of her, Dad and Mom’s Admirers. She’s very thin here but 90 lbs, now down to 71…can you imagine?

Edit Added 2/22/2013: Please follow the link in this post to sign a card for my Mother, her spirits are low and my goal is to get at least 100 signatures with well wishes for her… thank you!

Hi there everyone, my Mother has some answers to her terrible pain in her back. It appears that the hospital borne illness that antibiotics can help control, but not get rid of. Is possibly encased (as Mom described it to me) sort of like sometimes when you get a pimple and a shell forms around the problem inside the skin. And hence the infection is not responding to the antibiotics since its being protected by the shell around it. This last January while she was in the hospital for over a month they said the infection was into her bones, so I have no idea what this means.

A picture of my Mother, pre drastic weight loss and a few years back.
My Mother in better times, on prednisone in the picture, and a few years back.

Also the MRIs, she had, show she has a couple more vertebrae gone and is scheduled for surgery next Monday. Mom and Dad want the same doctor that operated on her last time, since he knows her well and understands the problems that were/are in her back, as a result of wanting the same doctor Mom needs to wait until Monday to get him.

This will be a rough surgery, the doctor voiced fear, of this much needed surgery, with how very weak and frail she is right now. The Surgeon will probably have to extend the existing rods as part of it and possibly fuse more vertebrae.

Please keep the prayers & good thoughts, and well wishes coming for my Mother. Again I have a strong faith in the power of prayer.

I have set up a card for everyone to sign, please do sign it, I want her to know how many people out there send their thoughts and prayers to her, as this will cheer her up.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE CARD

Welcome to The Beauty Bloggery

Hi there… welcome to the newest of my Blog attempts, The Beauty Bloggery. Here I intend to share with you fun beauty hints, tips and tricks as well as products reviews and recommendations… be it my own or be it from around the web.

Please have patience with me as I am both Riah Rambles (it’s my Rambling that can get out of hand) and I am disabled in chronic pain and sometimes it may be a while between posts. But I hope that this blogging thing here on my very favorite subject, will become second nature and I will be flagging thing around the Internet for you to see, when I am unable to blog anything for myself.

Ok… well without further adieu… here is The Beauty Bloggery.