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Mom Scott's tale of woe:
began in December when one of her medications was doubled by her physician. She developed a full-body rash due to an allergic reaction to this increased dosage of medication.
The rash became open wounds on her legs because of her lymphedema.
She was taken to the hospital in Sheboygan because these leg sores had become infected causing immense pain. After several days, the hospital sent Sara back to her nursing home (located just outside of Sheboygan).
Last week Wednesday:
Sara was once again sent to the hospital in Sheboygan.
Jacqui and I arranged cat care, packed the car, and drove two hours to Sheboygan. Just after we unloaded the car at a hotel in Sheboygan the hospital called. They said they were moving her to Madison.
We were so happy to hear she was going to Madison, but tired, oh so tired.
So after visiting Mom Scott (Sara) for awhile, we were back on the road again for our two hour night drive to Madison.
We arrived home and got word that Mom Scott's ambulance had arrived at Meriter hospital in Madison shortly after midnight.
We were alarmed to hear how dire Mom Scott's condition had become.
She had arrived in Madison in kidney and respiratory failure. The doctors suspected that the allergic reaction could be affecting her kidneys. They also thought they might have to amputate her right leg because of the infection. The health care team worried that she was too weak to survive the surgery, should it be necessary.
Luckily, the CT scan showed that she still had a little circulation going to her right foot, so no amputation for now at least. Phew!
Friday through today:
Sara has made continued progress.
Her kidney function has returned to normal. She is still on oxygen, but much less. Her legs and feet are healing.
The doctors remain concerned about how rapid her heart rate is. She is also still somewhat weak.