May 16th, 2011

Myfanwy 2

Update on my Mother

First of all, I want to thank everyone for your thoughts and wishes the last several days.  You all have been marvelous, and you have no idea how much I appreciate everything. 

There has been some tentative progress, but that only followed a downturn that had the hospital calling about rectal bleeding and requests for consent for transfusions.  They ran a scan and couldn't find the source of the bleeding, and I also had to sign consent for an emergency colonoscopy if needed, but it wasn't and the bleeding seemed to stop on its own.   They still don't know what caused it, but everything appears to be fine.  Then her kidneys began producing urine again, and that in itself is fantastic news.  Now they just have to get the excess fluid out of her, and are giving her medication for that.  The swelling has gone down in her feet and legs, but her hands and arms are still really puffy. 

They've been bringing her out of the sedation more and more, and she's very alert, although I've realized I can't read lips worth crap. 

Tonight, they moved her to another facility, this one a managed care facility where they're going to try to gradually wean her off the respirator.  After that, she'll going into a nursing home for rehab and such.  There isn't any time limit on this, and the doctor is cautiosly optimistic. 

My sister has been here, and she's been a great help.  Although, we've managed to give each other a really serious cold.  But hey, what are sisters for? 

Thanks again to you all.  *Hugs*