After seeing that you guys may not know the entire story of my Mom, I decided to give you a short version of the long story of hell that I and my Mother, along with my family have been living for the past almost year. It is an incedibly long story, but I will shorten it as much as possible.
My Mom is 56 years old...wait no, 57 I think. Ha ha. Anyway, she has Chrons Disease, and has had it since she was 16 years old. Over the years, her chrons has flared up on occasion, sometimes putting her in the hospital, due to dehydration and malnutrition, due to the diahrea, and such. Last September, she was down, and had been sick on and off for a couple weeks. We took her to the doctor, and he said he wanted her in the hospital for observation. We took her up to the hospital, and she settled in. Within 2 days, she was on life support, and we thought she was going to die. She underwent several surgeries, and 3 different times, they called us and told us to come to the hospital because they thought she would be dying anytime. She always hung on.
She was losing a lot of weight, and was down to like 76 pounds, so they put a feeding tube in her stomach. It got infected, and almost killed her. 4 in the morning one day, we had to rush to the hopstial, they were performing emergency surgery on her. The doctors felt she would die in surgery, but again, she made it!
She spent many months in the hospital, then many months in rehab, then, she came home. She was bed ridden when she came home, but we managed. My Dad works night, so I stayed with her for about a week. That was hell on me. She needed constant care. I have worked in nursing homes, so I knew what I was doing, but it is so much different when it's your own Mom.
Anyway, she recovered, over time and with the help of much physical therapy. She is constantly getting blood drawn to keep check on her potassium and other levels that we have been having problems with, and over the past few weeks, she has really been getting better. Gaining weight, walking, and just becoming her old self again.
Well, remember that emergency surgery for the feeding tube that was in her stomach? That left an open wound on her stomach, the size of a softball. We keep it covered, and a nurse comes out and re dresses it weekely, and it was really starting to look better. Well, over teh weekend, the darn thing decided it wanted to bust open. Sunday morning, called 911. They took her, hospital fixed her up, sent her home. Sunday evening, same thing, only wose, called 911, took her again. THEN, here is a twist no one knows...Around noon TODAY, (Monday) Mom called me, bleeding out again, she had just called 911, and she wanted me to come get her dog...she just got a brand new 8 week old puppy, and Mom didn't want her to be home alone...LOL. So, I went there, and sure enough, all the blood, AGAIN.
The ER keeps saying that as long as they can stop the bleeding, they can't keep her overnight. So, today, Dad called the family doctor after 911, and family doctor said to take her to this other hospital and he would meet them up there, and she WILL BE admitted, and they WILL fix this problem. He was trying to avoid surgery, because she is still too weak to do the surgery, but now, he feels he is out of options, and he will have to go ahead with the surgery. She is losing a lot of blood, and over the past year, she has already had like 20 blood transfusions.
This has been a bad situation. Now, maybe you will all see why my anxiety had such a flare up a few months back. Seriously, this has been hard.
I am confident she will pull through this and we will fix her right up. And, I know this story was long, so if you are still reading...thank you for reading! This is the short version too, can you imagine the long version? LOL.
You guys are great though...thanks for being here for me, everyone!!!!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off. Major health anxiety as well!
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now. I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
Best Wishes to all...Tammy