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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 11/25/2009 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Okay all there is a bunch going on with my mom.  As most of you know from my other post my mom is not well.  She went to the ER on Thursday with fluid on her lungs and could not breath.  Well, they diagonsed her as having Cardiac problems then and they wanted her to stay in the hospital for a few days.  But my mom being a very stubborn woman refused and left AMA.  So on friday morning she headed to her reg. doc to see if he could determine what was going on.  He gave her Lasix, Predisone and a heavy duty antibiotic for the infection.  Scheduled her too for a stress test to see what was wrong with her heart.  She did quite well over the weekend and on Monday while I was sitting having my morning coffee with my mother-in-law my sister called me to inform me that she was taking her back to the ER.  She was complaining of chest pains and said she did not feel right.  The ER said she was in cardiac failure and admitted her.
 
She saw a cardiologist that evening and he wanted to do a heart cath to see what was going on.  Late last evening around 5pm MST my mom underwent a heart cath.  I paced and worried while she was in, being as though I'm 900 miles away its really stressful.  Sis called me to let me know that mom is in bad health.  Her heart which should have three valves only has two and the bottom of her heart is damaged and isn't even pumping very well.  She is being scheduled for open heart surgery!  Oh gawd...my nightmare has come true!
 
Okay.....the plan of attack.  Yours truly will be flying home as soon as my mom is released from the hospital and will be spending two weeks helping my sister with our mom.  I can't do much as I told my sis, but I feel I should be there to help care for her when she needs it the most and I will have help from mom's boyfriend as well as my sister and my nieces and nephews.  I'm going to be very careful of my back during this but I do need to be there.
 
Anyway, that's what is going on.  I'll have to rearrange my schedule as far as knee doc and psych but I'm only going to be there for ten days as I feel that is all the time I can handle.  Since my sister works, this too will give her the time she needs to do whatever she needs to do before she has to take over by her lonesome.  I'm going to pose a question to mom and sis about maybe too getting a helper in the home for the heavy lifting things as I am unable to do any of this.
 
Hugssss
 
Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
 
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 


straydog
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   Posted 11/25/2009 1:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey gal, so very sorry to hear about your Mom. What kind of surgery is being planned for your Mom? So, it sounds like your Mom had a birth defect with only two valaes all these years. Makes you wonder how she made it this long before having problems. I will say lots of prayers for her. I have been thru the surgery with my Dad and then again with my brother. My brother was only 52 when they replaced his aortic valve.  Both of them had high BP out of control for years and it damaged the valves. I have followed in their foot steps with valve problems relating to the uncontrolled BP.
 
My sister came and helped take care of my brother after he was released from the hospital. He just needed help with meals and things like that. My sis fixed his breakfast and lunch then the wife cooked dinner. I think you will be ok, I don't see how you would have to liift. For one thing when people have open hear surgery another person cannot pull on them, it would kill them with the pain, their sternum is cracked open. Before being allowed to go home your Mom will be taught how to get out of bed on her own and how to get up from a chair. My brother woke up with a teddy bear on his chest and he was taught how to put the bear to his chest when he moved around. The pressure against the chest helped him not hurt when he moved around. Before my other friends were shown how to hug a pillow to their chest. I think the bear worked better. By the way, my brother still has his bear. He used him for about 3 months. Because my brother's bed was high off the floor he slept on the couch in a sitting up position, it was more comfortable than trying to lay down.
 
If there is any other kind of lifting involved save it for one of the other family members to do when they get there.  Trust me if you tried to pull or push on your Mom after open heart surgery, she would shoot you, lol. take care and keep us posted about your Mom. Hugs. 


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bluejet2
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   Posted 11/25/2009 1:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scarred:

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, I will keep her and you and your family in my thoughts & prayers. Please do be careful while you are there helping out - you can't be good to anyone if you injure yourself further.

Please keep us updated as you are able.

Lorie

bsjaguar
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   Posted 11/25/2009 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred, maybe you could check at the hospital to see if your mom may be eligible for a visiting nurse and home health aide to come into the home after your moms surgery. This can be very helpful so your mom doesn't have to leave the house for basic check ups or blood draws and the home health aide could assist your mom with personal care and some housework.

Hope you have a safe trip, take care!!!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 11/25/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
     Scarred...sorry to hear about your Mom....and I will keep you and her in my prayer's ....Keep us posted on whats going on please.
 
         Michael

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/25/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my gosh Scarred, so very sorry to hear this, you and your mom will be in my thoughts and prayers...
Lots of soft hugz and do what the others say and look into getting a visiting nurse as that helps...
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 11/25/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sending prayers and good thoughts your way.  Hang in there and keep us posted.
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PAlady
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   Posted 11/25/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
Like everyone, I'm sorry to hear about your Mom's illness, but glad you're going to spend some time with her. I do think that will be important for you, since you're so far away.

But do take care of yourself - and get a social worker to help with all discharge arrangements so that home services can be set up. They need to know you and your sister can't do everything.

Take care,

PaLady

mrsm123
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   Posted 11/25/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Of course, your mom and your family have all of the good thoughts and prayers that I can muster from here.....
I'm sorry that she is so ill right now, but have faith in the doctors and the technology available now for handling heart problems. They can do so much more than they have ever been able to do to treat heart diseases.
I hope that you can post to keep us up to date and let us know how you are and how your mom is doing.
Best wishes to you all,
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 11/25/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lil Sis,
I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom!!! You are a good daughter and are doing the right thing going down there to be w/ her! I'll keep you and your mom at the top of my prayer list!!! Please take care of yourself and remember that when something like this happens, you very well may not feel the pain that you are used to and may over do it if you are not carefull!
Stay well and keep us updated if you can!!!
luv & Hugz>
big Bro Pete!!

privey
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   Posted 11/25/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
I hope your mom does well and that you do well also. Take care of yourself and becareful not to hurt you!! Your mom will be in my thoughts and prayers and I hope everything goes well for her.

FunnyGurl
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   Posted 11/25/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Scarred

Hope everything goes well with your moms health.  You are a nice daughter to go and care for her.  Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

 


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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 11/25/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all I want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I have asked sis about maybe getting a aide into the house to help us and sis said she would check into it. They both know that I cannot lift or do anything strenuious so that is a good thing. Her surgery is scheduled for Monday and I will be in contact with the hospital as well as my sister around the clock until mom is out of surgery and safe from anything else going on.

Anyway....Huuugs my friends. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
 
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 


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   Posted 11/25/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred
I am sorry to hear about your mom, I know tough and stressfull it is to be far away from a loved one when they are ill! I do hope everything works out alright with your mom! I will keep both you and your mom in my prayers! Please be carefull while you are there, caring for her, and if you can please try to keep us informed on how you and your mom are doing!



I wish you and your mom and all your family all the best and hope you all have a very Happy ThanksGiving



You are a very cherrished member of our family here Scarred so Please take care!



White Beard

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   Posted 11/26/2009 1:15 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Scarred
 ~~ GOOD THOUGHTS COMING YOUR WAY ~~
Dealing with this, ontop of constant pain. Your a trooper :)
Love Erin
XOXO
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punchfit
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   Posted 11/26/2009 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,

My thoughts & prayers are with you and you family.
I am sorry to hear that you are going through this difficult time.

Please look after your mum and yourself, and hope that you are having a pain free day.
Keep your chin up & embrace each other with lots of love & cuddles.
The best medicine in the world is LOVE...
Hope you have a happy thanks giving day.

Thinking of you from Down Under
Punchfit x

painsince91
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   Posted 11/26/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I will be saying prayers for you and your Mom also. I hope everything will be fine.

Chartreux
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   Posted 11/27/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
Still thinking of you and your mom and sending lots of Prayers...
Hope things go well...Lots of soft hugz
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Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 11/29/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone. Thank you soooo much for all your prayers and thoughts. I wish I could relay to each of you how much each and every one of you mean to me and how much I do wish that all of you were completely out of pain and did not have to deal with what you all are dealing with. Since my last post I have gotten the Christmas tree up and the house is ready for X-mas. Though I won't get to enjoy it for long and won't be back in my own home until the 20th, it's nice to have the house decorated for Christmas and makes my stress level a little lower. I have also confirmed and paid for a plane ticket back home for the 10th and am now preparing for the trip. Getting things together for the flight, packing my bags and arranging my medications so that I have enough to last through the 1st (that's just in case I get snowed in or something horrible should happen). Mom is stressing, as well as my baby sister on this the night before her big surgery and I too can't help but worry about her. I have done some reading on post-op care for heart patients so that I am prepared for anything that should come up and I have prepared the other family that is close by for any thing that I need as far as help and guidance. My nephew said he'd help as much as he could as he is going to be there a lot. Also my sister will have time to help me too and I have already told her that I will not comprimise my health for anything and that she too needs to help me with mom as well. She is ready for that as well. I guess the best way I can describe this sitution is that I am going to be mom's guide or babysitter really. I will be responsible for getting her whatever she needs, water, food and whatever else comes up as well as assisting her to the bathroom, but not any lifting at all is required of me.

I plan to help as much as I can, but remembering that I have to keep myself healthy as well. I think my sister is going to find out that I'm not much help. I can't lift, nor can I stand for any length of time....oh well, we will deal with it as it comes along. Depression is one thing that I know will happen with mom and I am gonna try to keep her spirits up as much as I can.

Anyway, I will be keeping you all up to date as the days go by while I am there and maybe someone will have some ideas as problems come up. I know I can look to you all for guidance so....get ready for lots of questions LOL.

Hugssssssssssss

Scarred
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
 
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 


PAlady
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   Posted 11/29/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred,
Just wanted you to know I'll be thinking of you, especially tomorrow. Please let us know when you can how your Mom's surgery went.

Hugs,

PaLady

bsjaguar
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   Posted 11/30/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope everything goes well with your moms surgery today. Let us know how everything turns out. Will be thinking of you as well today!!
---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 11/30/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all. Well today is the day! She goes in at 7:30am mtn time, which is in about 39 minutes from now. I will be in contact with my sister from now until she gets out of surgery and we are both a bundle of nerves right now. I wish I could be there right now to hold my sister's hand and tell her everything is going to be okay, but I can't and she is okay with that. It's times like this that makes every day precious to me and I want to live each day to the fullest.

Anyway, Hugsssss to all of you! Wish each of you could give me a real hug but virtual hugs are just as good :-)

Love,

Scarred/ Vickie
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
 
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 


Piercings
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   Posted 11/30/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Scarred, I'm so sorry that I'm late to this party. I'm hoping that you know something soon. It should be about 2pm mtn and I'm crossing my fingers that the reason we haven't heard anything yet is because the surgery is done and you're busy with planning for her recovery. I'm so so sending any positive thoughts that I can. It's not easy being on that edge waiting for an answer. I hope that you can have some good answers soon.
Curious people are interesting people...I wonder why that is.
~Bill Maher


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 11/30/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
    Scarred....I'm with the rest and wish your mom well...and will be waiting for some news when you get it.

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 12/1/2009 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Morning my friends! Sorry I did not get back to ya'll sooner, but I have been busy trying to get ready for my trip next week and finalizing all the plans with my sister.

Now for the great news! Mom made it through surgery just great!!!! I was so relieved when my sister told me that I almost did a dance, but you know bad back and all LOL!!! The doctor told my sister that they had to replace an artery that was blocked and also they built her a valve so that her heart is now pumping like its suppose to! She went straight to ICU from there and was slowly waking up, but in a lot of pain. She still has the breathing tube and a whole bunch of tubes coming out of her. But she is OKAY!

I want to thank each of you for your kind thoughts and many prayers. Without you all I think this stressful situation would have gotten too me a lot more then it did. I send hugssss to each of you!

Will update more later.


Hugsssssssssssssss

Scarred/Vickie
What doesn't kill us only makes us fight back harder! :P
 
Two level fusion on S1- L4 in 2000. One level fusion on L3-L4 in 2003 and revision on L3-L4 6 months later.  This led to a diagnose of failed back syndrome, nerve pain and Chronic Pain. Two bi-lateral patellar realignments on both knees last one in 1988.  Overall...I'm in great health. 

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