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Jet Lag Day 3

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Didn't get much sleep last night at all. I called Dad yesterday evening and found out that Mom had to go to the emergency room Monday afternoon. Her blood oxygen level was down and they wanted to check her out. Turns out it wasn't anything too urgent but there was some blockage in her breathing tube. Those nurses at the rehab facility better start checking that more often and suctioning as needed!

All the more reason for me to get back to the States as soon as I can. I really feel that both parents need me to be there. Lots of decisions for me to make - can I take a leave of absence from my job here in Germany? would it be best to give up the apartment? sell the car? What kind of job opportunities are there for me Stateside? I haven't lived in the US for over 24 years except for a 6-month stretch about 12 years ago, so this is new territory for me.

Anyway, back here in D'land, my first English group of the day didn't show up this morning so I got to come home for a few hours, and still got paid for the morning --- and that's a very good thing, especially as tired as I am and after not having any income to speak of for the last 3 weeks!

  
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CTEMPLE 9/24/2008 5:59AM

    Huge decision!
My husband had liver surgery this year and they drove us nuts with the oxygen in the blood. Really crazy.

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SKISINCO 9/23/2008 10:14AM

    First I wanted to say I love the apples in your background, very fall like! I think it's a wise decision to come back to the states. Your mom needs as many advocates as she can get. Is it a nursing home/rehab center? If it is, all the more reason to come back. We went through that with my MIL when she had her fall, unfortunately she never recovered enough to leave there and ended up in the nursing home part of the center. Hind sight is 20/20, and I wish we could've done more to advocate for her.

I'm sure your dad could use the support as well, and you'll find something job wise. You can always return to Germany sometime in the future. I know this isn't an easy decision for you to make, but I know the good lord will guide you in making the right one. Let go and let God.

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HOMEBUNNY 9/23/2008 9:16AM

    Michelle,

I will be praying for you to have strength to go through this and for wisdom about moving back to the states. I hope you are able to get some more rest today.

Tammie

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One week later

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I decided to postpone my return trip to Germany. We had a huge challenge and much frustration trying to find a rehab place that would take Mom because of her tracheal breathing tube. Finally found ONE in their home county that would take her and it was definitely not among our first choices. But it is closest to their home and that means that Dad and all her friends will be able to visit often and keep an eye on her.

I'm back in Germany now, after rebooking from Monday to Saturday departure. I really wanted to make sure Mom was settled in the new place and it was a good thing that I did. On Friday evening, when I went back to check on her (thank you Holy Spirit, for that prompting!), she had tried to get up on her own and I found her in a little heap on the floor next to her bed. Now we've engaged a night nurse for her, thanks to a dcousin, at least until Mom gets oriented to her new surroundings.

Now it's time for me to get going on making the necessary arrangements to return to the US for an extended stay. I haven't had time to even think much about all that will involve, but that process will begin tomorrow! Tonight, I need to try to get some more sleep and recover from the jet lag.

  
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SKISINCO 9/22/2008 4:39PM

    Michelle,
Glad to hear your mom is recovering close to home where she can have friends visit and help in her healing process. I hope you are doing okay and are recovering from your jet lag. Your family is in my prayers.
Hugs,
Tanya

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HOMEBUNNY 9/22/2008 2:33PM

    Michelle, It is good that you found a place close enough for family & friends to visit your mom. I am continuing to pray for all of you. You get some rest as you try to get back into a routine.

Tammie

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CTEMPLE 9/21/2008 5:34PM

    Good news Michelle, at least she'll be close to friends and DH. Tryto get some rest before you go back.
Claudia

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Mom

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mom was finally moved out of the SICU yesterday. That was encouraging for us. Now, we wait and see about the next steps.

There are so many decisions to make. We're definitely on new territory here, but the hospital staff has been very helpful, family has been great, and Mom and Dad have an amazing network of friends. We appreciate everyone's prayers and greetings and moral support so much!

I fly back to Germany on Monday and that's going to be really hard.

My dsis and I have a blog going to keep people posted on Mom's progress:

robahsroad.blogspot.com

  
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REYNJANET 9/15/2008 11:35AM

    Michelle, I'll keep you and your Mom in my prayers! I know it will be hard to be away from her! It is great that she is getting good care and that they have the network of friends to help!

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HOMEBUNNY 9/14/2008 6:13PM

    Glad to hear your mom is making some good progress. I am continually praying for you and your family. Thanks for the blog info. I will be praying for you specifically tomorrow concerning your trip home. I am sure that will be tough.

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CALGALFOX 9/12/2008 5:35PM

    The blog is a great way to keep everyone updated. I'm so glad she is on the mend. Our prayers are with you.

Carol

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CTEMPLE 9/11/2008 10:06PM

    Hi Michelle, I will be reading your mentioned blog and hope that leaving won't be too hard. Sometimes life has extra demands on us. I will be thinking of you!
Claudia

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From Florida

Friday, September 05, 2008

Thank you for your comments and prayers and forgive me for not responding individually. We're spending most of our time at the hospital. Mom is making some progress and will have a second surgery today (Friday) I'll go into more details later, but do keep praying for all of us. My sister was here but could only stay two days. I've booked for a two-week stay but am already looking into the possibility of returning soon after that to be here for my parents.

As for me, the Lord has been waking me up really early so that I have some time with him and so I can get in a morning walk/run. I've been trying to make good eating choices but with restaurant and coffee shop meals, it's a challenge.

I won't be on SP much in the coming weeks except to post here on my blog. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers!

  
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REYNJANET 9/6/2008 9:49AM

    Michelle, I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers. I know you have some decisions ahead of you. Isn't it strange when we become the caregiver? I'm at that point too with my mom!

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GINILEE4 9/6/2008 9:40AM

    Now more than ever you are in my thoughts and prayers, michelle. I will pray for your family and your mom especially and light a candle for her tonight. Be aqt peace,

Gini

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CTEMPLE 9/5/2008 5:36PM

    Oh Michelle! what a joy to be able to be there for your parents. I'm sure you will be up to the challenge. I will be thinking of you, dear.
Claduia

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MOM2KNL 9/5/2008 11:59AM

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers, so glad to hear that your mom is making some progress. I will be praying for the surgery today.
Your Sis in Christ,
Michelle

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SKISINCO 9/5/2008 10:50AM

    Definitely keeping your family in my prayers. I will say a prayer for the surgeons as well.

Hugs

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HOMEBUNNY 9/5/2008 10:28AM

    Zella,

Thank you for checking in to let us know how things are going for you. I will be praying for your mom's surgery to go well today. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest, also. Don't over-do yourself.

Tammie

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FIT4HISGLORY 9/5/2008 9:24AM

    You and your family continue to be in my prayers. Look to Him for the grace and strength you need to face each day. He is faithful!
Karen

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CBSPECIAL 9/5/2008 7:11AM

    Hope it all works out - in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you stay away from the bad hospital foods emoticon

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Flying Home

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I'll be flying to Florida on Tuesday. Dparents had a serious car accident and Dmom needs surgery. DDad is fine but, of course, somewhat under shock. Prayers appreciated for both of them and a safe flight, unaffected by hurricane activity, for me - l'll send an update when I can. Thank you, SP friends!

  
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HOMEBUNNY 9/1/2008 10:02AM

    Michelle, I am praying for you and your parents. Please let me know if there is anything specific that I can be praying for. I know that God is with you for protection and with your parents as well.

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CTEMPLE 9/1/2008 6:33AM

    Oh Michelle how awful, I hope you can sort things out and help them navigate this unfortunate situation. I live with that fear about my parents.
I will thinking of you!
Claudia

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STERNENFEE 8/31/2008 11:00AM

    Michelle, my thoughts are with you. Luckily you should not be affected too much by Gustav. I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery for your parents!

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SKISINCO 8/31/2008 10:32AM

    Oh my goodness Michelle! I hope everything will be okay. Your parents and safe travel for you are definitely in my prayers.

Hugs,
Tanya

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