Thursday, February 19, 2009

My Mother

is much better. Thanks to everyone for prayers. I stayed with her again yesterday. We were able to get her a shower and dressed. She was a bit nervous about me pushing her to the bathroom, but since there were no brothers at home, she had to let me. By the afternoon she was using her walker to get there. She really is a very strong woman and I know she still has a few years left. The Doctor told her last week that her heart was very strong as were all of her other organs. What is knocking her down is the pain in her leg and I am confident that once she has the surgery and is not confined to her recliner she will be much better. She was not as confused as she had been on Monday either. That was really scaring me. She talked nonsense all day long, rarely ever making sense in what she was saying.
I spent most of the day cleaning and doing her laundry. She lives with two of my brothers and I do not think either of them know what a broom is or how to turn on a vaccum. I just managed to touch the surface but at least it is a bit cleaner.
Once again thanks to everyone for their care and prayers. I will post a picture of her on Saturday when I commemerate her 88th birthday.

13 comments:

Therese said...

I am so glad she is doing better...umm...can you come clean my house? Just kidding! Just no energy here...Miss you!

Gina said...

Oh good.

Sarah (JOT) said...

I'm glad to hear (read) this. Many blessings!! You're such a good daughter/sister . . .

Julie said...

praise God!!! Glad you were there to help her and clean a bit... ha ha, your comment about your brothers cracked me up!

Bird, Frizzy and Our Little Yaya said...

Such a hard thing to deal with. The daughter or child becoming the "parent." I know this is very hard for you and your siblings. My life before Yaya was as a Social Worker in Long Term and Alzheimers Care. I don't know what the Dr. told you but your mother's sudden change of mental status IE. confusion could be caused by the pain in her leg. Other causes of sudden memory loss and confusion may be UTIs, Bladder or Kidney infections. As we age, our bodies are unable to transmit the right messages to our brain. As a result we aren't able to verbalize what we're feeling which sometimes results sudden cognitive changes. If you can safely control her pain her confusion should decline. I don't know if she is on any other medicines or if she needs help taking them on time and at the right dose but this is also an area that may throw her memory and behaviors for a loop. I'm here if you have other questions. You can also tell me to MYOB and bugger off if you want.;)

Gramma 2 Many said...

Frizzy, never would I tell you to bugger off. Actually I have thought of the UTI and am trying to get an appointment for an analysis. I thought she had one in her pre-op work, but now it seems they missed that one. Also called her surgeon to see why she has not been scheduled as of yet and found out the primary care physician has not sent her tests over. I am so angry right now that I could spit nails.

Bird, Frizzy and Our Little Yaya said...

Sounds like she is in very good hands with you around. Good job on following up and asking questions! Go Gettem!

I'm sure you know this but keep an eye on the anti-depressant/sleep aid. They can be helpful but can also cause nasty side effects in the elderly. Have they attempted less invasive procedures for relieving her knee pain through therapy? I hate to see anyone suffer through knee surgery at any age let alone someone in her 80s. I pray her knee surgery goes well and is done soon so she can find some relief.

Anonymous said...

Evy,
I am so glad to see things are going better for your mom. If you need any help with cleaning or giving care for your mom please do not hesitate to ask me.This is what I do best.35+ years of experience. Yes, confusion is definetly a part of a uti.I am most surprised that her primary doc has not done his part. Shame on him! I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.
Love from
Just Me

Cristie :) said...

Oh, this is so good to hear. It's also GREAT that your Mom has a whole group of advocates in her corner!! :)

Homestay Mama said...

You are one smart lady, Evy! Gotta question everything a doctor says and does nowadays. Your Mom is lucky to have you helping her.

Will keep you in my prayers.

Ren @ The Land of Ren said...

So glad to hear that she's doing better.

Kent said...

Happy birthday to your Mom.

FalkFamily said...

So glad she is better - have been praying - didn't have time to comment the other day (don't tell my dad, but I was blog surfing at work!) Anyway, my grandma is in her 80's and looking at total knee replacement, too. So scary at this age, but we worry that if she isn't able to move around, everything is going to go downhill. You guys will still be in my prayers!

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