Friday, April 13, 2012
I promised earlier in the week to tell you what's going on with my Mom. I took her to the emergency room Monday afternoon, after I couldn't find a single one of her three physicians working or available for an emergency visit. She was severely fatigued and had been for a few days (she is anemic because she has CLL), was extremely short of breath, and had other not-good symptoms. She had been scheduled to get an injection for the anemia the next day, but I figured we could get it in the ER while we were there.
The emergency room was packed - unusually full - and we had to wait to get a room for a long time (almost two hours). Once we finally got to see a doctor, the run of tests started. Many hours later, we learned that they would give her the injection, but no one could figure out the dose. That might have involved several hours more (Mom was ready to die if I didn't get her out of there) while they checked to try to find her hematologist and figure out a dose. They did an x-ray, which concerned me, but not them. The blood work didn't show anything unusual (for her), so they released her. By the time I got a prescription and got her home, there was no one to help me get her inside. She could barely walk at that point. I had to get her in (with my spinal problems, that was a trick), get her to the bathroom, undressed, and into bed. Only then did help arrive - a new caregiver. When I got home, I found two hungry cats! That's why I was exhausted. I got about four hours sleep before I got up to go to work Tuesday.
Meanwhile, I have to take Mom to her regular doctor this morning. Just as I started to recover from the back pain, I'm about to do it all over again. At least the caregiver is coming with me. Mom got her injection Tuesday, but it can take a month, I've read, before EPO makes a difference. I really hope we can get to the bottom of these problems. They are making Mom (and me) very anxious.
Let's talk about beauty, not health care! It's time for The Friday Forum, our open chat. What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers will have moved on.
Hopefully, I'll have an hour to zip over to one of my favorite stores to see two visiting product representatives today: Dior and Guerlain. I'm not going to the office, so I'd like to sneak in that bit of fun.
Don't forget the Sunday Riley giveaway contest. The deadline for entries is tomorrow, April 14, at midnight.
Update Friday 9:21 pm: After taking Mom to the doctor this morning, we took her to the ER this afternoon. She was admitted and will probably be at the hospital for a few days. I'm glad she's getting "continuous care" to get to the bottom of what's wrong. I just got home, so I was unable to respond to comments today. I must go to sleep, so I will be back with all of you tomorrow. Thank you for your kindness.
Update Saturday at 7:30 pm: Mom is doing OK. She does have a raging UTI. Her sonogram looked good. They are normalizing her blood chemistry. She was able to get up (with help) and sit some today, and she ate a bit of breakfast and dinner (better than nothing!). They will give her a sleeping aid, so she should get some rest tonight. I just came home. Sorry I couldn't write today! I have some nice new things to show you.
Update Sunday at 3:45 pm: Doctors want to know why Mom's sodium chloride values are low, so are bringing in a kidney specialist. Plus, she got "wheezy" today, so they got her a respiratory treatment to help. Must wait until a weekday for more tests and specialists. Sundays in a hospital can be much like a Sundays in a weekday warehouse. They are trying to keep her blood chemistry stable, checking on thyroid levels (she takes Synthroid), and doing all the logical things. Thank you all so much for your support!