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June 2018

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Myfanwy 2

News about Mom

Hey, all.

As most of you know, my mother hasn't been in good health for several years now.  She has COPD, has a pacemaker, and is diabetic as well as other issues that have put her through the wringer the last several years.

Well, last Wednesday I was over at her place.  I'd taken her grocery shopping and she'd gotten her hair cut, and we were just going into her house when she fell onto her back.  Of course we called the rescue squad, and they took her to the local hospital.  They took some x-rays, said she just twisted bad going down, and gave her muscle relaxers and pain killers and sent her home.

She was pretty much fine on Thursday, but on Friday and Saturday the pain got worse.  She went back to the ER on Friday, they took more x-rays, found nothing, and sent her back home with more drugs.  When she went back on Saturday/Sunday morning, they finally did a CT scan instead of x-rays and found that she'd cracked the 11th and 15th vertebrae in her back.

They transferred her to Parkview Memorial in Ft Wayne, IN (a two hour drive for me) and I have to admit they're treating her very well.  They did more tests, and an orthopedic surgeon called in a spinal specialist when he diagnosed the cracks as "unstable".  The spinal specialist came in, and found that he couldn't get an MRI because of Mom's pacemaker being not a good thing to have around magnets.  So, they want to do a scan where they shoot dye into her back, but they need to wean her off her blood thinners first.  In the meantime, because of her breathing problems, she's having some trouble with oxygen saturation because she has to lay a certain way, and it's not helping her lungs any.  They have her on a bi-pap machine, and if thing get worse they may have to intubate her, which she's been through before and absolutely hated it.  As it is, with the host of health issues she has surgery may be pretty much out of the question, and that would mean a back brace for 12-15 weeks...but with her lungs bad, that might not be possible either because they can't constrict her lungs and the brace may very well do that.

Of course, this means she's never going back home, not on her own.  We've been talking about assisted living for a bit now; we were just waiting until the weather got better to go and visit some places.  There's a really good one just within walking distance from me, and I really would love for her to get into that one.  It also has an excellent reputation.  She will need a lot of rehab though before she can even think of assisted living, which means a nursing home.

Needless to say, writing's on hold for a bit until we can figure out what's going on next.  Parkview is amazing in that they'll let me spend the night in her room, which I'm planning on doing as much as I can.  It's not the most quiet place in the world, but it's easier that driving four hours round trip every time I want to see her.  Oh, the cafeteria is awesome as well.  They make the best grilled cheese.

I did freak out on my boss, though.  Poor guy...he's one of those guys who just don't know how to handle hysterical women, and since I'd called him right after I heard the words "cracked vertebrae" it was an epic panic attack.  It didn't help that it was at abour 4:30 in the morning.  Yes, it was ugly.

I did get some good news from work as I was breaking my three-year run of perfect attendance (Mom is far more important than my record)...they're going to train me for a new account that only three people in the office usually handle.  It's kind of a secret shopper thing, which I think I'll be pretty good at.  Darn, I should have asked if this means I get a raise...


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Thoughts with you and your mum *hugs* hope she makes rapid progress
D xxx
And here I've been feeling guilty for not commenting on your stories (they were brilliant, of course; they always are) - I'm guessing that hasn't really been on your mind much.

My thoughts are with you and your mum - I am very close to mine, so I can only imagine what you're going through - and we're keeping fingers, toes and paws crossed for her <3

Oh, and congrats on the job thing! :-)
*hugs* My thoughts are with you and your mum during this time. I hope her recovery goes well.
Oh no! *hugs* Your poor mum, why do so many bad things have to happen to her? I hope the doctors can do something to help her back heal without aggravating her other health issues.

Thinking of you both and sending good wishes. *hugs*
Hang in there sweetie! Remember that you have lots of friends here in cyberspace who are rooting for you and your mom. And also, remember that not all doctors are created equal. If the one you have doesn't come up with an answer you think you can live with, look around and see if there is another that has a good reputation and can think outside the box. Sometimes, finding the right doctor can make all the difference. Ask for recommendations from doctors that you trust. And you may need to do some research into their histories and any patient satisfaction surveys. Good luck to you both!
My bestest wishes for your mum, hope there is a way of dealing with her injuries that will be not too uncomfortable for her.

Wishing you all the strength you need and hope your 'new' job comes with a huge amount of money!
Hope your mom feels better soon, concentrate on her for now, we can always reread stories :)

I will pray for your mother's and your health because both of you will need the strength in the following months. I don't like mechanical breathing, either, but I work with it and help monitor the patients with the nurses. Also, a good nursing home will help get your mother back on her feet as quickly and safely as she can. God speed to you and your family.

My thoughts are with you and your mother while she struggles with so many health problems. Hopefully she can overcome everything and get into assisted living down the road.

I keep meaning to tell you how much I've been loving your Dragon-Verse stories, and I'm sorry it took this to get me to finally come out from lurking. Thank you so much for creating such a rich AU for Torchwood. I've come to prefer the Dragon-Verse version of Torchwood more than the original. Your introduction of Agents of Shield also caused me to finally get around to watching AoS for the first time a few weeks ago to see what you were talking about in Time Trap, which resulted in it now being one of my favorite shows now that I've caught up on both seasons.

Thanks again for all the stories, and I very sincerely hope your mother gets better. I know what it is to have a parent in the hospital with multiple health problems all complicating each other and I hope things turn out well for you and your mother.