Mom was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, July 24 for dehydration. After tests they determined she had a bowel blockage. The doctor was hopeful that with medicine it would shrink. Unfortunately, it didn't. She had surgery to remove the blockage on Tuesday, July 31. During the surgery they found more cancer. The doctor removed as much as he could, but couldn't get all of it without damaging other organs. She still isn't clear from the medicine she had during the 8 hour surgery and the medicine she's receiving for pain management. She's a little confused when she is awake and communicating is difficult for her. Hopefully that will improve each day. We don't know when she will be leaving the hospital. She is receiving great care there and that's where she needs to be. At this point we aren't sure if chemo will be an option.
Mom is doing much better. I was able to sit and talk with her for 30-45 minutes today. It was the first time I was able to carry on a conversation with her since before the surgery. She does tire easily and is still pretty sore. She is sitting in a chair at times throughout the day. Still no word on when she might be released from the hospital. Hopefully she continues to get better and stronger each day.
Mom was released from the hospital yesterday. She's staying with me until she gains some of her strength back. She had a couple bites of some ribs, mac n cheese & baked beans. I have a bed set up in the living room for her. She climbed right in bed and was able to get comfortable. She slept great last night. I think getting out of the hospital has already helped her. She was there for such a long time. She still tires easily which is to be expected. I think the trip from Oskaloosa to Ankeny really wore her out yesterday. She's been sleeping most of the morning.
Mom is getting along well. She's made significant improvement since the weekend. She had a doctor appointment in Oskaloosa on Tuesday. They determined her potassium level is low and her white blood cell count is high, probably due to an infection. She's taking medicine to help get those levels back to normal. She's struggling with eating. Nothing sounds good to her. She's been drinking Boost which is full of nutrients. She is getting her humor back which has been great. It will just take time for her to get her strength back. Her poor body has been through so much it will just take time.
Mom had an appointment yesterday. Her white blood cell count is normal now. Her potassium is still low. She will continue taking her potassium pills until that improves. Her weight has dropped a little. And as we all know she doesn't have much to spare. She's eating, but only a couple bites at a time. She's stronger than she was last week, but still a long road ahead of her.
I'm sorry I haven't updated in awhile. It's been a rough couple days. Mom fell early Monday morning. She broke her pelvis & fractured her hip. While at the ER they also found that she has pneumonia and an infection. At that time they decided she was ready for hospice care. Hospice is delivering a hospital bed and other items today. She will transfer home tomorrow via ambulance as she is bedridden. We will have hospice home care coming in to help us. The hospice nurse that we've been dealing with has been incredible. We are lucky to have them help us through this.
Mom was moved to Mercy Hospice House in Johnston. She started rapidly declining and we couldn't provide the care at home that she needs now. The transfer went well. She is sleeping most of the time. It is so hard seeing her like this. We feel so bad for her. It truly breaks our hearts.