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Monday, January 24, 2011

Ugh; when it rains, it pours...

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SATURDAY:

MIL called the house, very anxious and worried. "Apparently" (and I say this with respect; MIL is highly emotional and not all that good with details on her best days) a nurse told her that if she didn't sign papers to move my FIL to a nursing home, she was going to lose her house.

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We assured her that the situation was not quite that serious. We were more concerned that Dad would indeed be moved and that she would have little time to process and prepare.

I called my Mom, a patient representative at a different hospital in MI. She also stated that there were a number of steps and options that exist as long as the patient has Medicaid, Medicare and/or other insurance. She also said that MIL needs to discuss these details with a patient advocate. Thankfully she offered to talk to my MIL and provide some support and details.

SUNDAY:

I followed up with Mom and learned that she fell sometime on Saturday night. Her knees and backside were causing her a lot of pain and she had a knot on her noggin. She was spending the day taking it easy, understandably.

MIL called mid-afternoon, after getting a call from the hospital. Dad woke up, wanted to know where he was and where the rest of us were. We had hoped for a sign - fearing he might be in a vegetative state - and we got what we needed. He's crabby and cranky; the usual, as far as I know.

Mom and MIL chatted and apparently things were looking up.

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MONDAY:

Patrick had a chance to talk to my FIL and says he sounds awful. My FIL is still retaining fluid, so we're a long way from "OK." We knew that, of course, but it was still hard to realize just how long this road might become. My FIL was too weak to hold the phone and it's hard to know what's really happening next.

Meanwhile, I got a text message from my Mom (gotta love her). She stopped in the ER (since she works at the hospital) to have her X-Rays taken on her knee. They ended up admitting her; fractured sacrum and two areas of "brain bleeds." Really? Does this have to happen now?!

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You know what? It's going to take more than that to make me curl up and hide. But to be sure, I'm going to call my Dad and ask him to please wear his helmet 24-7.

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CMB2048 1/29/2011 4:22PM

    so sorry for all of the stress you are facing. Remember to take care of yourself!

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BARBARASDIET 1/25/2011 6:06PM

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I alwasy feel wimpy about the "hugs" thing but you could use one at this point, I'm sure. Keep your chin up and for heaven's sake, don't trip!

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MSPRIS3 1/25/2011 12:16PM

    They say bad luck comes in 3's, it should all be good news now!

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DRAFTLOVER 1/25/2011 10:30AM

    Geeeeze. Well I have learned not to say things cant get any worse because we all know they can. So stay strong. This to shall pass. Way to not let it get the best of you :)

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ANNE7X7 1/25/2011 10:00AM

    You are right, when it rains, it pours!! But again, it can only get worse till it gets better! I'm hoping you are finally gonna get on the uphill track! You are handling the situation perfectly, just keep doing your best!

Sending you and your family tones of positive energy!!

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BOVEY63 1/24/2011 11:57PM

    OMG! That's and awful lot on your plate. Sending prayers out for all of you.
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GRITS46 1/24/2011 10:10PM

    Remember the old saying, "When it rains, it pours!" I think you're having a torrential downpour in your family. So sorry that so many things are hitting at once. Hope there's improvement on the FIL situation, and I pray your mom's recovery comes along smoothly!

Hang in there!

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LLTS01 1/24/2011 9:48PM

    OMG- this is just unreal. I hope your mom is ok... I am now sending you a crate of wine. If only we had some better goodies.

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MNGIRLIE 1/24/2011 8:36PM

    Ug! Sounds like a rough patch these last few days! You and ALL your family are in my thoughts. Sending some nice safe vibes their way. :) You're a strong woman and you're handling this well. On the plus side it's good to know you had some very positive news sprinkled in with everything else. Crabby and cranky has probably never sounded so good.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/24/2011 8:27PM

    Good grief. The entire family needs a helmet and the way things are going you and your hubby should have one on too.

It's good news that your FIL woke up at last. They can work on his fluid.

I hope your mom is going to be okay as well. That sounds like quite a fall.

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WENDY412 1/24/2011 7:11PM

    It's great you can keep your sense of humor! It's taken me a long time to learn that worrying and fretting rarely result in a positive outcome. I hope everyone in your world heals quickly and finds some stability in the face of uncertainty!

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