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Update. Trying Time


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

I'm very grateful to all of you for your kind loving words of encouragement and concern when I wrote the blog about my MIL's strokes. I'd love to respond to everyone personally. I am just exhausted and will take a little time here for an update.

My MIL is still in the hospital. I spent several hours there today. I only came home to let in the heating/cooling guy for our seasonal check-up. So I have a few minutes to sit while he does his thing.

My MIL's current stroke effects the speech center of her brain. She understands fine but has aphasia, which make it hard for her to choose the correct words sometimes and make her mouth say what she means. (Slurring) Her tongue is weak from the stroke and she'll have exercises for her tongue, as well as general speech therapy. She is very blessed that she will have no other disability from this stroke. The other strokes they saw on the scan turn out to be rather old strokes that apparently didn't cause any symptoms. When I left her today, her daughter was still with her waiting on the cardiologist and neurologist to get the scoop on what they think caused it. I really wanted to be there. I'm willing to ask questions when what they are saying isn't clear. But I also know that I can call the nurse later to find out what is in the chart from their visits.

This is all very tiring and I didn't sleep well the last two nights. I will write another blog about my mental state soon. I have an appointment with my psychiatrist tomorrow. But that's another story. More to deal with all at once.

Ate crappy today. Classical stress eating. I am being forgiving and understanding of myself. I just hope I don't have a repeat often during this time.

Oh, now the trip is cancelled. We will have to try to get seats on another plane in a month, just hubby and me. He tried to convince me to go on my own, but I really like doing this trip together. I know he has a good time and loves seeing my son and his family, but he HATES flying. He also said he doesn't want to leave his mom too soon so I said we can go in early November instead of next week. I'm sad I have to wait. But mom needs us for now. As our parents get older we have to be flexible.

Dad is doing well since his skin cancer removal on Monday. Lots going on and it's hard to concentrate on being healthy. Especially eating or skipping meals while at the hospital. I'm trying to plan and bring food. I'm getting some walks in the morning before leaving. Missed that today.

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KNYAGENYA 10/3/2013 11:59AM

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CHRISTASP 10/3/2013 8:06AM

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Yes, tiring and trying times. I can imagine it's hard to concentrate on anything right now. I'm thinking good thoughts for you and hope you can just do the basics. Remember you've done extremely good jobs in the past. You can get through this now, too.

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_JODI404 10/2/2013 10:40PM

    You are dealing with SO much at once! Sending you prayers and hugs!

Take good care!

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CHERYL_ANNE 10/2/2013 7:46PM

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, with good wishes and vibes winging their way to all of you! Take care.

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POPSY190 10/2/2013 7:00PM

    Very hard to deal with situations like this that just come out of the blue. And however flexible you are there is still the regret and disappointment of special plans being disrupted.
But you do need to care for yourself in all this. No-one benefits if you become ill yourself. Good idea to take your own food to the hospital; and try to get in some "comfort exercise" - it doesn't have to be strenuous, at the very least it would give you some time for yourself.
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GOULDSGRANITE 10/2/2013 6:09PM

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So sad to hear about all you are going through. My dad had that brokas aphasia sp?. I really feel for you at this time. Janey

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LARISSA238 10/2/2013 4:55PM

    I'm still keeping you and your family in my thoughts! I know you are having a rough time. *hugs* I hope your MIL recovers fast!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/2/2013 4:50PM

    Big hugs! I know you know you have to take care of yourself to be able to help others so be good to yourself.

We are all with you in spirit!

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THOMASINA57 10/2/2013 3:49PM

    emoticon try your best to look after yourself in these trying times! It's nice that you turn to your Spark friends for support as this is one awesome community!

I hope and pray all goes well and your MIL improves at a steady rate!

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BARCLE 10/2/2013 3:41PM

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