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8/23/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Mom was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, August 10. Over the previous two weeks Dad was seeing a significant decline in her strength. She asked for a steak knife to cut her spaghetti she was so weak. Later, she needed help getting in and out of bed and help with just about anything else you can think of. Of course, we were very concerned. On Tuesday, August 9, Mom had blood drawn at her regularly scheduled place and time. They called on Wednesday and told Mom to get her bootie to the emergency room pronto.
The evaluation at the hospital showed pneumonia and blood clots in both knees. Who would have thought that pneumonia would be a blessing, but if she didn't have that, we might not have found out about the blood clots in time to do anything about them. Also, she started dialysis. Throughout most of this, Mom has maintained her sense of humor and positive outlook. I think every nurse told me, "She's so cute." They took fantastic care of her.
On Friday, she was released to the rehabilitation center and will be there for 20-30 days to get well and to get stronger. She is still very weak, but better than pre-hospital. The weekend at the rehab place was pretty quiet, but this morning she started bright and early with Occupational Therapy and this afternoon she had Physical Therapy. Today she walked to Room 106 on the way to Physical Therapy before she needed the wheelchair. (That's 3 doors down the hall)
Tomorrow she has Occupational Therapy around 7:00 AM, then they transport her to dialysis at 8:30, then more Physical Therapy. I imagine there will be naps in between.
We'll update as often as we have news/progress. Mom and Dad both will enjoy any notes of encouragement. (Me, too!) Thank-you, Jerri