Thursday, March 30, 2006

She's Up

Sort of.

I went to the hospital today with a gingerbread birthday cupake bearing the icing message "HB MOM" (that's all that would fit on it) but no great expectations... but to my surprise I found my mother sitting in a chair by the window. She was awake and alert -- in a pretty glum mood, because she felt lousy, but certainly lucid.

I stayed there for three hours, during which time she had physical therapy -- they had her reaching and doing arm curls, and I was told that they were going to periodically help her stand -- and ate half her lunch (after some energetic coaching on my part -- my boss, who's gone through this experience with a loved one, warned me that the meds they give open heart patients take away their appetites, and they need to be pushed to eat enough food to keep up their strength). This is a huge improvement over yesterday. But by 2:00 p.m. Mom had pretty much had it for the day, and told me to go home. Although she did ask for her glasses and for the magazine I'd bought her down in the gift shop. So I took that as a good sign.

The roller-coaster goes up...the roller-coaster goes down...the roller-coaster goes up...that's how it's going around here.

7 comments:

Emily said...

Prayers continuing. . .

Kathryn said...

It does indeed sound better....Still praying here too. Lots of love x

Nicodemia said...

Continuing prayers! But it sounds like she's doing fine! After a massive op like that there are bound to be ups and downs - physically and emotionally.

and not just in your Mum! Look after yourself - we all love you.

samtzmom said...

One day at at time, one day at at time... It won't be easy, but it sounds like she's on the road to getting better each day. Many blessings...prayers continue.

Tom in Ontario said...

Bless the Lord, things seem to be looking up. Heart surgery is always a pretty long recovery and age doesn't help with the length. God bless you for the care you give her. Thinking of you and praying for you both.

Shalom

Cathy said...

Been thinking of you and your Mom - hoping all is well. Glad to know your Mom was up. Medication is always strange, especially as we get older. Know many of us have been through this with a parent and are praying for you both.

Purechristianithink said...

(((0))) Hang in there.