Topic: Update on my Mom
Another trip last night from New Bern to Greensboro. Got here around 11:30 last night. Mom's ascites has increased since I was here to have a look this past Friday. On the 20th of January she was seen at the clinic at Duke and weighed 122 lbs. This past Friday Dad and I got her on the scales and she was at 140. I called the oncologist and said we need to do the procedure now. We've waited since this morning for a bed to become available at Duke and finally got the call at 6:15 tonight. We left for the hospital and got there about an hour later. She weighed in at 147.5 and is very uncomfortable from the fluid. When I left to drive back to Greensboro at 11:30 (Seems to be my magic number here lately), they were hooking up an IV of lasix and will proceed to do her first paracentesis in the morning.
Please keep us in your prayers. Daddy is staying with her tonight. (They've been married for 57 years and probably have never spent more than 20 nights apart.)
They will keep her in the hospital for a day or two probably and I think are planning to leave a drain in place that can be opened here at home.
I've made the plans for Hospice and Palliative care and will schedule the nurse to come for the first accessment when Mom gets home from the hospital. I figured it would be a good time to move to this next step. I know Daddy will be relieved to have a nurse that can help in the decision making.
It's now 12:54 and I'm going to hit the tub, and head back to Duke in the morning (or I guess I should say this morning) in order to get there before rounds begin. (around 6:30). Say a prayer for me on the roads....I've put 27,000 miles on my new Camry since mid June 2008. Thank God I love to drive. I can only pray there is not a microphone hidden in my car. I pray, I scream, I cry, I sing, I listen to Harry Potter and wish I had a magic wand to make this nightmare just go away.
Just reread this and am rambling. Take care my friends, You'll all be in my prayers on the way back to the hospital.
God grant us all peace with this monster of a disease. I hate it.
"A prognosis is simply an audit of how truly precious each day is. Live each day to the maximum, celebrate what was, and what is - Don't spend your life looking forward to what will or might be." .... words of wisdom from my beloved son on hearing of his grandmother's CC prognosis.