Sitting In Mom's Hospital Room
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Sitting In The Hospital Room...lights turned out, listening to my Mom's breathing as she sleeps. It could almost be relaxing if it hadn't been such a nerve-racking day.
My Mom had a hip pinning surgery scheduled today. Earlier this week, she had a spontaneous fracture in her hip -- meaning she did not fall or anything, it just fractured / cracked. Although the surgeon was set to go and said the procedure itself was simple enough, when her team of doctors met (after reviewing latest chest xray), they decided to cancel the surgery altogether. Permanently.
She has several other health issues that have worsened, and the combination makes the surgery entirely too risky. The doctor actually said it would have been "surgery suicide".
We won't have the final recommendations for a couple days; but, it seems they will suggest some form of physical therapy and pain management. Luckily she currently has little pain; as long as she keeps weight off her right hip that is. But, I'm afraid her days of easily using her walker are over.
At times like this, I feel lucky to come from such a large family -- I have 9 siblings. There are plenty of us to help Mom. (Although, sometimes I think the doctors and nurses may wish that they had fewer of us to deal with. )
Tonight, I am taking the first overnight shift to stay here with Mom. She doesn't really like to stay alone and we'd rather be here to watch over her too. I hope she can sleep well.
I guess that's the end of my sad blog. Just thought a little journaling would help.
Good night Sparkers.