Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day in the Hospital

Today mom has spent her 60th day in a hospital.  She told me today that she has had to let go of hopes of recovering quickly and getting back to her life...she has to take it one day at a time...just get through each day and keep fighting to get healthy.  The blue dye test two weeks ago, and one just a few days ago, showed that she still has a leak in her stomach, so she is still on TPN through her PICC line...nothing by mouth.   Her PICC line started to show signs of infection outside, so they took it out and put a new one in her other arm.  Then Friday her CT scan showed that the pockets of fluid in her abdomen were still there and were not getting any smaller.  Because of that, yesterday mom had a procedure done in Interventional Radiology to try to drain the fluid.  They sedated mom and used long needles (like the kind for amniocentesis) and went into her abdomen.  They used a syringe to try to pull the "fluid" out. Instead of a liquid, the junk that came out was quite disgusting...a greenish/blue thick smelly is currently being cultured to see what kind of infection, if any, mom has.  Mom has been on all sorts of powerful antibiotics this whole time, but today she has started to develop a fever...she was at 100.4 at last check.  I am sure they will be watching her vital signs closely throughout the next several days.  I wish there was a happy conclusion to report...I keep waiting for it...but so far, all I can report is "she's still with us and we're taking it one day at a time."

For Mother's Day we all went in and got Mom a gift certificate to a spa to get a manicure and pedicure for when she gets out of the hospital.  She is looking forward to that.  Dad will be flying in to Phoenix this coming Saturday and will be able to stay at Becky's house and be with mom each day for 10 days.  We wish every woman reading this a Happy Mother's Day today!

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