OOOOOOOoooooooh I need to rant!
My last post was Saturday night. Woke up Sunday morning, went in to check on her, and she said "I really think I need a Doctor, Kate, as I really feel so dreadful."
So, called Doc out. He wasn't our regular man, but looked her over, pronounced that he didn't think she was about to keel over, BUT, that she had a chest infection (she caught a cold off my kids), and that he suspected ascites. He prescribed antibiotics, and told me to speak to our Doc Monday morning, and get her into hospital to be checked over.
SO, did as he suggested. 10am Monday morning, she was admitted. Around 1pm she had a chest Xray, and 5 pm, had an ultrasound. There is a small amount of fluid round her lungs, and a moderate amount of ascites in her abdomen. The Docs and nurses were SO helpful and kind.
I couldn't get to the hospital till midday today. I was expecting her to be hooked up to drains etc...............no! She had been moved to another ward, but nothing had moved on, she hadn't seen a Doctor at all. I had to leave at 2pm, and got back at 4pm. In the interim, the consultant had visited. Apparently another very nice man, who said that she will have a drain sorted out tomorrow for the ascites. She was happy for that news, but still suffering discomfort. Fast forward 3 hours, and she was, my trooper of a Mother, lying there, in tears, saying that wished it was all over. Can you imagine? Bloody awful. So I went to seek out help, and lo, a nurse offered morphine. Within half an hour, my miserable agonized Mother, was free of all pain. WHAT a relief, for her, and for me. I know that many of you have gone through this, and lost loved ones. WHAT a blessing to see one of the people you most love in life, relieved of their suffering! Due to the discomfort and pain she has been in for the last week or so, she has not had a decent nights kip. After talking to her about this, I asked the nurse if she could have a sleeping pill for the night. I left at 10.20pm tonight., safe in the knowledge that is pain free, and will most likely have a decent night's sleep. I cannot tell you what a relief that is! I have 2 kids here at home (husband self employed, and able to help out), and I can tell you all, that it is hard work, going through this, and trying to run a home and family!
I can't get to the hospital till around midday tomorrow, due to work commitments of my husband. To know that Mum will not have to suffer pain and anxiety in my absence, is the greatest gift ! Tomorrow, all being well, she will be drained of ascites, and I am hoping the quality of her life will improve as a result.
By the way, the blood tests the Doc took last Thursday, all look good, apart from liver function.......well, with multiple lesions of the liver, one is not going to expect otherwise. Kidney function etc, all good.
All being well, there is life there still, to be lived, comfortably, without pain.
My apologies for the rant...........that's CC for you!