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Hi all… thank you for your patience! -News

Hi all, thank you for your patience! It’s been trying times here, as some of you know I spent time up at Mom and Dad’s house, helping out. In a past post I wrote about my Mother becoming a Paraplegic just over a year ago, she’s paralyzed from the diaphragm down.

My Mother at home in bed with teddy bear
My Mother (Nancy) at home while I was there helping out. She held the Teddy Bear and I HAD to grab my camera.

My Father had surgery removing a benign lump, that he’s had for years and yet kept growing, from between his shoulder blades. When the surgeon was removing the lump Dad heart a LOT of snipping as they removed all the roots, some of which obviously were attached to muscle so obviously he couldn’t really lift Mom up.

The day after my Fathers surgery, my Mother got very very sick with a high fever and we took her to the ER, where they treated her for contagious infections (we had to gown up and glove up to be in with her) and for pneumonia. (It was so difficult not being able to pat Mom’s hand and face with my bare hands, as well as kiss her). We spent our days in her hospital room visiting, so I couldn’t get online with my laptop.

My Father is now healed up. Mom is home now and no longer on 5 different Antibiotics, she’s now on several, really super strong, antibiotics (some for the hospital borne infection that is Antibiotic resistant, so it doesn’t go away ever instead they can calm it with strong antibiotics) all IV antibiotics. Thankfully Mom has a port so it’s easier to use the IV’s at home and since it’s hard to get a good vein for IV’s.

Me personally, I wondered around walking on a, as the specialist/surgeon said, “A very angry Achilles Tendon. And I’ve been just dealing with the pain, until 2 weeks ago. Two weeks ago I went to the Surgeon and she placed me in a walking cast, and tomorrow I go in to be checked again to see what does or doesn’t need to be done, looks like I will need physical therapy eventually. So my pain level has been way way up, with nerve pain acting up from walking funny, as well as the tendonitis in my hands and my upper neck (where the skull attaches to my neck)… as well as, of course, my lower back sciatica going down into my hips, legs and feet. Lets top that all off with Spring like rains flaring up the arthritis & my other ankle being in pain as a result of, again, walking funny.

As if all this isn’t enough, Comcast has been acting up with the DNS Connectivity to the Internet for weeks and my blog going down temporarily whenever I post. All of which I’ve been trying to solve ever since I returned home from my parents house.

Want to top it all off? Well, being that my husband and I are on Disability, we’ve had to cut out a lot of things from our budget as we pay for all our specialists, and so on… we just cannot afford much and are maxing out the credit cards as we cannot afford our medications and the specialists and still eat. So we’ve had to do without to try and survive and keep our roof over our heads, so with all this going on I admit, I have been about at wits end with so many worries, things that need to get done and things that need me to repair them. There is never enough time in the day!

Oh and of course, with the spring like weather, my husband had his heart act up from mowing the lawn, so he had to, for the first time, use his little tablets for his heart (how about that, the name escapes me, too much on my mind and getting old too). So I took over the lawn work (yeah, I am stubborn in pain) and got the lawn seeded, etc… hurting myself even more.

I could go on and on. Basically it’s been so many things going on here that I have not been able to get online, and when I could my DNS Connections have been acting up and the internet connections were only available to my laptop for a few minutes at a time. And because of this DNS problem, I have not been able to fix the unavailability of the blog for a few minutes after my posting a new post.

Thank you for your patience friends, believe me, I am still alive and kicking and so is my blog! 🙂 I am just struggling right now.

Love and hugs,

Mariah

 

 

Update on My Mother & St Patricks Day Get together.

 

Closeup of Mom on St Pats Day 2013 in Longmont life care center
My Mother in her wheelchair and her huge brace… being a real good sport as she wears goofy St Pats Day Glasses.

Hi all, I know I have received requests for updates on my Mother, this weekend on St. Patrick’s Day we had a get together at the Longmont Care Facility where she is going through Rehabilitation. They are trying to teach her to scoot out of her chair and into bed and working with physical therapy there for her new condition (being a paraplegic). She is worried they will kick her out of there before she is ready and she is so weak she’s having problems with the ramp like thing that can help her get in and out of bed into her wheelchair.

Other than that her mood seems good, although she complained about some physical therapist that I think was really worried about her spirits possibly being masked and being at a lower point then she likes to show. At least that is my thoughts, since she said they asked her about a 4 letter word and I am not sure if they asked if it was to be about her or her condition or what… but she said she replied “cr_p” (you can fill in the blank) and then she told me she was only joking but then she got told something negative about her mood or her mental state as a result.

And of course she complains about how hard physical therapy is on her, but then again who doesn’t? lol

Otherwise, Mom was fun, funny, full of stories and loving having the family around her. She went along with my sister placing a big shamrock “tattoo” on her cheek and later with putting on goofy glasses for St. Pats Day. Mom really enjoyed the dinner and especially the soda bread with dinner.

1 from Michelle's Facebook post. Mom and Dad St. Pats Day 2013
The full picture that my sister took of Mom being a sport, that is my father in the St Pats Day hat.

I have to admit that before dinner we had a nice little visit with Mom, at about the time in which I was trying to figure out how to get this low hospital like bed to sit up for her some nurses showed up and kicked us out of the room to help change Mom etc. It wasn’t until this time that, as one of my brothers said, I “sprung a leak”. I stood at first with just my husband and I in the hall and I broke down… my brother, who I think went with his wife and children to go look at the fish somewhere else in the building, came up and I welled up again, just as I thought I got myself under control. Swollen eyes and stopped crying after a great big hug, I then asked for hugs from my 3 adorable nieces and nephews.

I looked up from these hugs and there was my brother, that Mom told me to expect to arrive for one day on Monday from Vermont… oh my heart swelled with joy to see him, as I gave him a big hug and kiss! A few minutes later my sister from New York appeared… what warmth surrounded me as I then threw my arms around her too.

most of my half of the table as we laughed at my nephew for his diving face first into his cake to eat the frosting
Far Left is me,the rest from left to right my brother, my sister, standing over my nephew and than my niece… as this side of the table watch my nephew as he dove face first into his piece of cake to eat the icing. St. Pats Day at the Rehab Center with Mom and Family

All in all we had a great time together and a great Irish dinner of corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes, carrots, soda bread and it was followed up by a nice St. Pats Day decorated cake. Unfortunately we cut the visit short as I tried to sneak in 2 pain pills and my husband Rick noticed and said we should go home. I explained that I’ve been fighting a terrible new for the past 3 days and by afternoon and evening I am pretty much bed ridden with such pain I cannot do much. Luckily today is a bit better as my meds are controlling the neck pain and the migraines a little bit better, though I am ready to go lay down soon.

Please friends keep the well wishes coming in for support for my whole family, my Mother and me too… I’ve been grieving some here for my Mother and all she is going through and for her being so weak at 71 pounds. I wish so much that I had the health, wealth and strength that I could use at this time to really help out a lot with everything that this new disability will bring… I want to give my Mother some hope for her future and not feel like she cannot find great times, fun and still do much with being a paraplegic.

Disclaimer: Unfortunately I knew I forgot something when we left for Longmont to see Mom, and it was my camera. The pictures in here were from facebook, from my Sister and Sister-in-law.