Mar 19, 2018 Latest post:
Apr 12, 2018
Hello All. A wise friend/counselor suggested this site as an easy way to keep you all updated on Mom's progress while I re-enter Boise life and Mom fights the good fight to return to better physical health and mental clarity. Mom is a trooper who has trooped through a lot in the past, so we should all feel encouraged that she is up for this journey too. To recap that past 3 months:
Mom was doing quite well in January, managing her usual knee pain (that can be quite vicious), but using walking sticks successfully and out-pacing most Beaumont residents as she clicked through the halls, streets and nature paths with her sticks. February ushered in the need for a walker, and we assumed the knee pain was the issue. With balance not as strong, the walker was a good solution. It allowed her to get where she wanted to get! We noticed confusion was increasing a bit as of late January and February, and by early March we worried about her being alone in her wonderful new apartment. I took the opportunity to fly east on March 6th for a few days with Mom when I knew her best friend, Nancy Harris, and Bob and Carole would be away. That turned out to be a good decision as the decline Mom had been experiencing got quite steep that week and I took her to the hospital Saturday May 11th where she was admitted until Wed. March 15th. She had dangerously high hypertension and had completely lost her ability to walk when she was admitted. They performed may tests and could not determine a cause for the decline. They ruled out stroke and any other "events" or skeletal issues that could account for the decline. The eventual conclusion was that aging (body and mind) and extreme hypertension combined to create a rapid decline, which we are hoping will reverse somewhat now that the hypertension seems to be under control.
Mom is currently residing in Beaumont's health care center where she has full nursing support as needed. She is receiving occupational therapy and physical therapy to help her achieve maximum independence and return to her apartment. She will likely need some caregiver support which we have lined up in part already with some lovely Irish ladies who adore mom! Thanks to Nancy Harris for finding them for us! Beaumont has been wonderful in assisting us in finding additional resources that will be available as needed. So, Mom is in a good place with good supports. We are fortunate that she and Dad made this great choice for their later years.
Steve and Ann Marie have been with me each step of the way, and Keith has managed our Boise life wonderfully - not always an easy task! I have returned to Boise today
Mom is so gracious in her current circumstances. She is frustrated that she does not have the clarity she would like, and that communication can be challenging. Trying to find the right words is hard right now but I hope that will improve soon. Each day of PT and OT should make a difference in re-establishing the body-brain connections. I know she will bring her best effort to that, and hopefully it will pay off for her like it did in 2015-2016 when she had to fight her way back from total immobility post back surgery/staph infection. Send her your prayers and healing thoughts. She will need some time to receive phone calls, but she is well aware of who everyone is and knows your are thinking about her and supporting her. She looks forward to future conversations with you! She is unable to mange her cell phone or computer currently. I left her iPad near by and I think she might try using that a bit soon, but I do not know how successful she will be. please post messages on this site and I can share them with her.
I will keep this site updated and you will get an email message when there is a new post if you register with the site. Many thanks for your support and mostly for your love of mom. Steve's family will be with her for Easter, and I will return shortly after that if all continue to trend in a good direction, Love to all,