Gladys Kates

First post: Jan 12, 2017 Latest post: Apr 8, 2017
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We returned from a lovely week in Florida.  Mom had been healing from the dreaded Noro Virus which was going through her retirement community.  As is her custom, she wanted us to protect ourselves and therefore asked us not to visit her until she felt better.  After she recovered, I took her on a outing to see La La Land.  It was such a great afternoon together.  After some initial trepidation about venturing out into the cold, she could not stop thanking me.  But while together, and in some earlier phone calls, I  noticed that mom's speech was not quite right.  she was struggling to find words, to identify items properly, to use her normally sharp brain to understand her financial statements.   She couldn't seem to remember the name of the current President.    It seemed like a sharp cognitive decline and I immediately called her doctor.  He suggested going Thomas Jefferson University ER for a cat scan, thinking perhaps that she had had a stroke, or that we would start a work up to determine if she was developing Alzheimers, or another dementia.  

 Unfortunately we received some very bad news.  The cause of Mom's difficulty with language is a tumor in the left temporal lobe of her brain, the area that controls speech.  We are shocked, and at the same time not totally surprised.  We felt something had to be responsible for such a shift in her cognition.  We are sad, deeply sad, and scared about her prognosis.  But she has always been an inspiration to all of us, and when we spoke this morning she reminded me that she is brave and strong and unafraid.  She reminded me that I have a life to live and that hopefully her doctors can offer her some treatment to prolong hers.  She wanted to be sure I told her granddaughters and grandsons that.  And how much she loves everyone.  I will be posting updates on here as we find out more.  The hospital was overrun last night with trauma and other more pressing cases, so she actually spent the night in the ER, but is now waiting to be transferred to the Neurosurgery ICU floor.  

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing what is so innately human, and perhaps the very best thing about being human, caring,  and supporting me and my family.

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