Thursday, December 30, 2004

.......we've taken a wrong turn

Mom was supposed to go to her family physician today to get her staples out. Dad got up and found her sitting on the couch trying to catch her breath. He didn't hear her get up and she didn't remember how long she had been there. He called me after he called 911 and I met them at the local emergency room.

She was pale as a ghost and her feet and legs were extremely swollen. They decided this was all because her blood count is so low. They started her on blood transfusions and ordered a CT scan of her abdomen tomorrow to find out where she is losing the blood.

Poor mom looked like a frail child in that damn hospital bed. She became withdrawn and stopped talking much. I couldn't decide if she was depressed or really pissed off. I think it's both. I don't blame her.

I didn't want to leave the hospital but again she wasn't resting if we were in the room with her. After spending 14 hours there, I came home. At least this hospital is close enough that if there's another blizzard, I can call the guy down the street to take me on his snowmobile. Thankfully the forecast isn't calling for any bad weather. I will be able to make it back in the morning.

I feel like we've taken a journey to some foreign land. We sure don't speak the language wherever we are......... And we keep taking wrong turns along the way. This isn't where we're supposed to be right now.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sending up more prayers for your mom!

-- Mary in the Midwest
http://www.gonzomotherhood.blogspot.com

10:09 AM, December 31, 2004  
Blogger Jin said...

I came upon your blog by accident, and I really have no words of wisdom or advice to offer you. However, I hope the best for you, your mother, and your family.

Here's something that our family found helpful during our cancer battle:

"Cancer is so limited.
Here is what cancer cannot do:
It cannot cripple love;
It cannot shatter hope;
It cannot corrode faith;
It cannot destroy peace;
It cannot kill friendship;
It cannot suppress memories;
It cannot silence courage;
It cannot invade the soul;
It cannot steal eternal life;
It cannot conquer the spirit."

4:56 PM, December 31, 2004  
Blogger Sangeeta said...

I hope ur mom recovers soon. My prayers are with ur familt.
*hugs*

8:42 AM, January 01, 2005  
Blogger Sangeeta said...

I hope ur mom recovers soon. My prayers are with ur family.
*hugs*

8:43 AM, January 01, 2005  
Blogger Aldon Hynes said...

My prayers are with your mom and your whole family. Hang in there.

9:52 AM, January 01, 2005  
Blogger Tricia said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. *(*hugs*)* I'll keep you in my thoughts.

10:50 AM, January 01, 2005  

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