As many of you know, my mom was in a skilled nursing/rehab center for 2 months after being hospitalized due to a GI (gastro-intestinal) bleed internally.
She got to come home yesterday (Saturday Morning)…. and my sister (who is a home health aide) spent the day and night with her, assessing her needs and making some amazing meals & snacks.. she is the BEST cook.
Sunday morning, I showed up and took over.
Sunday Afternoon,the Medicare Home Health Agency showed up, did an assessment and … the prognosis is not great…..
Her Current Situation
Her right side is still EXTREMELY weak…so much so that I would not be able to leave her alone for more than a couple hours… because there are a few “certain things” she cannot do on her own, yet.
We are having a physical therapist visit twice a week to work on her poor leg, We are having an occupational therapist also visit twice a week..
At the very least, until we get the Life Alert installed, I will be spending all my time this week at my momma's… including spending the night.
Besides being away from my family, that should be okay … I can still get stuff done from her home (thank goodness she has WiFi…LOL)
It all started 10 years ago when my mom was going down her basement stairs and she “thought” she was on the last step…. she still had 3 more to go….
As a result of landing on the hard concrete, she tore her right shoulder as well as injuring her right knee.
Plus, she has degenerative disk disease, bulging disks in her back, recently tore a couple tendons in her knee a few months ago that is still healing and has horrible arthritis…. as she puts it, she's just a ball of mess. LOL
I still cringe when I remember wheeling her out of the Rehab hospital yesterday….my mom NEVER cries… but the pain was so intense, she was (trying not to) with tears going down her cheeks.
I didn't know what to do…. she had a linocaine patch on her back… she says it's because of the cold, rainy weather…. she just wanted to get home
My poor momma!
Her back is literally bone rubbing on bone — surgery is not an option… she was having shots for pain but there was one instance when she thought they hit a nerve… and now she won't go back.
My momma has had a life that would put many “strong” souls to shame.
She raised 5 kids while my dad was gone most of the time… she worked as a copy salesperson hauling big copiers to companies after our parents bitter divorce 30 years ago… money was always tight but we always made due.
She has had her heart broken many times
- Watching BOTH my brothers struggle with alcohol and drug abuse
- seeing her ex-husband get re-married (okay, maybe that was MY heartbreak)
- Seeing my sister deal with infidelity and home foreclosure
- Losing a huge chunk of her savings to a building contractor that took her money and skipped town…
But through it all…. she has ALWAYS REMAINED POSITIVE & CONCERNED FOR OUR WELL-BEING…
Through all her pain, she still worries about us. Calling us when the roads are bad… making sure she's not “inconveniencing” us anytime she needed us for something.
I told her that there is one great big, HUGE mansion in the sky with her name on it… because let's face it… she deserves it!!
My mom has the funnest personality…I think that is who I get much of my goofiness from…
So as i sit on this twin bed here in her guest bedroom — listening to her snoring from her bedroom…. I am very proud to say that “I am my mother's daughter”.
Here is a quick tour of her place the night before we brought her home
P.S. I am SO GRATEFUL that I can put my thoughts into words and video by blogging. It is so easy to do… and is a great way to share your story and transparency. If you want more info on how to start a blog, get in contact with me.