Monday, September 30, 2013
I started a blog, but there was an emergency in my family, so by tonight when I got back to it, the computer deleted it. I hadn't started it on Word like I had been, so It was lost. I have to change what I was blogging about anyway.
My mother-in-law had a stroke! We were planning on taking her to Hawaii a week from today. She had noticed some drooling yesterday, never said anything. Then she woke up and saw that her lip was drooping. She still told no one. (she lives alone, a half hour away from me)This morning I tried to call her. Unusual for me to call her two days in a row, but I happened to think of her, I was going to talk to her about my concerns about the skin cancer surgery my dad was going through this morning. She didn't answer, but an hour later returned my call. When she tried to talk, all that came out were garbled words--I immediately recognized it as her having had a stroke. Adrenaline surged and I told her to unlock her door if she could, and I was going to hang up and call 911. I had to give them permission to break in if necessary. I met her at the hospital after calling my hubby and taking several deep breaths so I could drive safely.
Turns out the preliminary CT scan reveals several strokes. But the only one causing any symptoms is the one effecting speech and swallowing center of the brain. No other physical problems. She is in great spirits. She is impatient with herself for not being able to get her words out, but she has a great sense of humor and is laughing at herself. More tests tomorrow.
Hubby says we bought insurance for the trip, so we'll be able to change plans. He is so sure she'll be able to go soon. I'm more pessimistic and think he and I should just go ahead and go so I can meet Bjørn. He wants to believe she'll be fine in a week to go! I don't think he has a hold of reality. His sister came from out of town to be with her. There is another sister who can come help too. So it wouldn't be a problem if we went, and I even think she wouldn't want us to hold off on our plans. But it's hard for her to express herself and i don't want to put words in her mouth
Today when I prepared to leave the house to go to the ER, I grabbed something to drink and two protein bars that I figured would have to do for lunch, since it was 11:30 when I left the house. I didn't get to eat again until 6. Had a Quizno's sandwich with hubby and my pregnant daughter who also showed up to cheer up gramma. Came home and I was still hungry so I made a bowl of oatmeal, raisins and blueberries. And a cookie for good measure.
Keep Mom in your prayers. If you remember my friend George (95) who died recently, he died from complications from having swallowing problems and aspiration pneumonia that originated with strokes. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.