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Note to Life - I'm Stronger Than You Can Know!

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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  • v CMB2048
    so sorry for all of the stress you are facing. Remember to take care of yourself!
    1975 days ago
  • v BARBARASDIET
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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!
    1979 days ago
  • v MSPRIS3
    They say bad luck comes in 3's, it should all be good news now!
    1979 days ago
  • v DRAFTLOVER
    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 :)
    1979 days ago
  • v ANNE7X7
    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!!
    1979 days ago
  • v BOVEY63
    OMG! That's and awful lot on your plate. Sending prayers out for all of you.
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    1979 days ago
  • v GRITS46
    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!
    1979 days ago
  • v LLTS01
    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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    1979 days ago
  • v MNGIRLIE
    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.
    1979 days ago
  • v MORTICIAADDAMS
    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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    1979 days ago
  • v WENDY412
    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!
    1979 days ago
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