Tuesday, September 23, 2014
So...my weekend was....I don't even have the words.
I got a call from my mom's cell on Saturday and it went to voice mail. When I checked it, it was my stepdad and he said to call him back asap.
He said my mom was in the hospital since Thursday but he didn't have my number in his cell phone and I guess he didn't think to check hers until Saturday.
He said she had a neurologist appointment on Thursday and had not gotten much sleep the night before so he didn't think much of it when she was falling asleep in her wheelchair in the doctor's waiting room. My mom has had insomnia for years so occasional naps aren't surprising.
He said he woke her when she went to the little triage office where they do vital signs and stuff and after they went back to the exam room, she fell asleep while they waited on the doctor.
When the doctor came in, they couldn't get her to wake up...my stepdad said he panicked a bit as slapped her cheek and still nothing.
The doctor finally pinched that nerve in between her fingers and she roused a bit. The doctor checked her eyes and did a quick exam and said she was having a seizure.
They gave her some anti-seizure medication (Ativan) and her heart rate shot up to 220....so they gave her something else to counter that.
He kept her in his office until almost 8 that night before transporting her to the hospital.
The MRI scans on Friday showed that she has been having some strokes and she is VERY confused. Her potassium was also very low and they were trying to give her some via IV....which she ripped out.
She has been on heavy duty medications for years....since she was a teen and broke her tailbone.
I have also been telling her for years that all the doctors are stepping on each other and over medicating her because she is not honest with them.
It is a moot point now, but my mom is both a hypochondriac and an addict.
She has always focused in on my depression and moods and when I talked to her Saturday she asked if I was crying and when I sidestepped the question and said I was just calling to see how she was, she said 'Oh I'm fine!' (My mother is NEVER fine.)
The doctors have taken her off of ALL medications except for the anti-seizure, blood pressure, muscle relaxer, aspirin to thin her blood, and cholesterol medications.
I don't think there is much they can really do so they released her Monday after she was able to correctly tell them what city and state she lived in (questions she had been getting wrong for days)
My stepdad said that the whole time she was in the hospital, she laid on her bad side with no complaints and never complained about not feeling well, she just wanted to go home.
When I talked to her this morning, she was back to having an upset stomach and not wanting to eat and wanting my stepdad to bring her motion sickness meds ...I told him not to give her a thing without checking with her doctor first!
I have been beside myself all weekend about it and its so hard being so far away and not having my own car. I am just trying to keep within my 'circle of influence' and remain calm.
I keep telling myself that I can't control the weather and I can't magically make my mom better...but I will keep moving forward and keep hoping for the best.