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Rough Week - Warning - Rant Coming

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This week has been rough. My mom has been in the hospital for two weeks as of yesterday and she's been very sick with MRSA pneumonia, which is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. She was in ICU for 4 days and has been having nightmares from her MS because they stopped her MS meds so her immune system can fight the pneumonia. Long story short, she's finally almost ready to be discharged to the rehab place. She was in the hospital in January and went to rehab for 4 weeks. She was about to go home when the cough and fever started. She ended up testing positive for influenza B and then wound up in the hospital with the pneumonia.

Last weekend was rough for her. She had to have the nurse call us at 2:30 Saturday morning to come to the hospital because she was afraid to go to sleep. Turns out her oxygen level was low and when they increased the level she was better. She has been improving every day but we spent the better part of the short weekend with her making sure she was ok.

Yesterday they found increasing fluid around her lungs so they had to have it removed. She's still stable but still needing oxygen. I don't know how long she'll be back at the rehab place, but I suspect it will be at least another month. The poor thing hasn't been home since January 15th!

So needless to say, it's been very stressful lately. At work, it's been crazy because a coworker has been out (except for a couple short days a week the past 4 weeks) since the beginning of December and we have a pool person stepping up and working her hours. We are very lucky to have her and I am very thankful! But that's another stress. There just seemed to be very complicated issues for all of our patients the past two days and I'm exhausted!

Now the kids are annoying the heck out of me because they won't go to SLEEP! UGH!


Thank God it's my 4 day weekend! I totally need it!

Now to end on the good news: since I've ben eating only three larger meals a day and maybe a tiny snack, cut out most wheat and given up sweets for Lent, I've lost 7 pounds! WOO HOO!

I hope everyone else is doing better than I am!
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