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.
Prayers still appreciated...