What a week!

Monday, March 7, 2011

It's been a physically and emotionally exhausting week. I've been really sick with this strange cough that keeps me up all night. Last night was the first time I didn't cough every five minutes so to celebrate that fact, I slept 12 hours. Yes, 12 hours!

Mom was moved to a hospice facility on Friday because the hospital felt that there was nothing else that they could do for her. Can I just say that you would be shocked at the progress she's made. A week ago, we were planning her funeral and on Friday when I went to see her, she was sitting up in bed and her greeting to me was, "Where the hell have you been?"

She's baaaaaaaaaaaack.

I swear, the woman has 9 lives. I can't tell you how many times my poor sister has signed a DNR (do not resuscitate) on her. By Saturday, she was asking when her physical therapy would start again!

Now, don't get me wrong. She's still on oyxgen and she still did damage to her heart so in actuality, it's not likely that she'll ever go home because she does need 24 hour care. But she has started talking to my sister again since she realized what wonderful care she's receiving now. You see, she thought that my sister had made the decision to send her somewhere to die. Of course, the bad decisions are never her sweet Chrissy's so it must have been Lisa!

We'll likely have her transferred to another facility in a week or so and who knows? She's defied the odds many, many times before so she may fool us all and be able to go home again. I would love nothing more than for that to happen.

For now, we'll just take it one day at a time...


  1. So glad to hear she's doing well! I was thinking about you this afternoon, and wondering how things were going. :)

    Glad your crazy cough is starting to subside too. I had that a few months ago. It's a nasty little bug.

  2. I can tell you from experience that hospice is wonderful. I pray that you and your sister get some rest and try to leave the worry about your mom to God. ~hugs~

  3. One day at a time... the only way to do it right! A good all around motto I'd say.

    Hang in there pal.

  4. *ah....sigh of relief*

    You have been on my mind ALL weekend, wondering how you were doing. I'm sooooo glad to hear that your mom is doing better. She sounds like an amazingly strong woman!

    Sorry to hear about your cough. I had the same damn thing last month when I got that nasty flu - coughed like dickens!

    Sending ya a BIG cyber hug, my dear friend!

    ((((( YOU )))))))

    X to you, Bern, and Vinny!

  5. Good to hear you are feeling somewhat better and getting some rest.

  6. @Sunny Dee,
    Thanks so much. I've wanted to post an update but the days keep slipping past me!

    Went to the doc today and it turns out I have bronchitis. Yippee.

    @middle child,
    Thank you. You're so right about hospice. They are truly angels. We had them for Dad and they were amazing.

    @Nikki Rules,
    Thanks, Darling. :-)

    Sigh of relief is right! Gosh, a week ago we were literally planning her funeral.

    Thanks, I felt your good vibes.

    Went to the doc today and I have bronchitis! Lots of drugs. I'm SO looking forward to feeling normal again. Well, not normal, but, you know, like me! xoxo

    @Simply Suthern,
    Thank you. Yes, so long overdue. I sleep walked through most of last week. Good thing email leaves a paper trail!

  7. I rode that same rollercoaster with my grandfather, and can relate to the nine lives concept. My grandad was taken off hospice four times, because he had improved so well. He lived to be 98, and passed last fall.

    As far as the bronchitis, i was sick for well over a month, in sunny Arizona before i got better.

    Thinking of u always, T

  8. Oh, that's great to hear. I hope your mom will feel better in the hospice. Also, take care of yourself.

  9. @Anonymous T,
    Wow, 98? He sure had a will to live!

    I'm starting to feel a little better. My coughing fits don't start for at least 5 hours after I'm asleep.

    Thanks for thinkin of me. :-)

    Thanks. She's really happy and comfortable. I can relax a little now.

  10. I think about you all the time. I still think you need a warmer climate to rehabilitate. ;)


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