Friday, November 14, 2014

Good News - and BEYOND Exhausted!!!

I left the hospital this morning about 11:30 after having arrived last night at 7:30.
It was a long night. Mother and I got less than three hours of sleep the whole night! By 9:30 this morning her sodium level had climbed to 121 and she was given a breakfast tray. She ate every single bite - except for the link sausage - and drank every drop of the milk and juice. No coffee was offered and she didn't ask for any. Thank goodness! She then turned on her side and went sound asleep!
My sweet niece, Leah, relieved me and within one hour's time I was back home and IN my gown and tucked in bed where I stayed for four glorious hours!! 

My sister, Deanie, sent me this photo of Mother taken late this afternoon.
Deanie is now on overnight duty.
For all of you who have 'been there and done that' you know how hard this hospital duty is.
Praise God for the dedicated staff and wonderful doctors who are giving Mother excelllent care.

I took this picture of Mother this morning - before breakfast - when she was talking to my brother, Lonnie. Then Louis Dean called and she talked to him. We were glad she felt like talking.
Her mind is better focused than it has been since all this started. She knew who she was talking to and that was a good sign!

She is out of the woods on the sodium level but now concerns about her heart have sufaced.
At one point last night her heart rate dropped to 32 .....and it has stayed in the 40's quite awhile.
They have called a specialist and will be running more tests.

This is a marathon and we are continuing to run, run, run!

I want to say a HUGE thank you for the joy y'all gave my mother this morning! After breakfast I pulled out my laptop and stood at her bedside reading each and every comment from the last two journal posts - and noting WHERE the person commenting lived! Mother was so impressed!!!
She smiled and smiled and smiled!!!
I think this was the high point of my day with her.
I said, "Mother, you are so popular!!!!"
Her reply?
"Thank you so MUCH!"
She spoke those words clear as a bell and she spoke them to YOU!!
I add MY 'Thank you SO much!" to them!!!


Kathy said...

She is so welcome! Isn't it nice that she is on the mend. At least as far as the sodium level goes. Continuing to pray for her heart problems. And for your family as well. Try to get as much rest as you can. It is so great that all of your family is stepping in to help out.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Saying Hi to your MOM Linda. Give her a hug from me. Hope you all get as much rest as possible. Extra HUG.

Doreen@househoneys said...

Your mom is adorable Linda! Glad to hear she's on the mend.

Three hours of sleep? That's about what I get almost every night! Can you say insomniac?

Deb said...

Good news will continue to pray for you all

Linda said...

Thank God, Linda. Your mother is a sweetheart, and I love her smile! :)

Ginny said...

Your mom is beautiful in the first picture, you would never guess she is in the hospital! I know she is glowing from all the good care and love you all have given her. It is good that the doctors have found something NOW, rather than send her home with an unknown problem. Please continue to update us, and I will also continue to pray for your sweet mom. Remember also to take care of yourself so that you can take care of her. I am glad you went straight to bed!

Penny Miller said...

So very glad to hear your dear mum is improving. There is no night as long as a night in hospital! Take great care of yourself too, as you care for your darling mum X


You're all in my heart, my thoughts, my prayers!!!
Hope the specialist can find what's causing the heart rate drop and mend it all to 100%!!!

Keep us posted. And Linda, get some much needed rest.

Vee said...

What a radiant smile she gives you! My, how things have changed since I last popped a hospital visit to add to the list of adventures. So glad that you are staying with your mother and that there are a number of you who can take shifts. Praying that everything gets sorted and that she'll return to health and happy days soon. God bless you all! You all remain tucked in my prayers.

Sandra said...

This is such good news about the sodium and will pray about the heart beat.. yes, I know about staying in the hospital, no fun whether patient in the bed, or sitter not in the bed.. Tell her she looks fantastic in the photo today. not many can look that great in a hospital bed.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

You have a gorgeous Mom and Bless You for being such a sweet loving daughter! I'll keep you and your Mom in prayer. Hugs!

Susie said...

Linda, You and your mother are most welcome. I am still keeping you both in my prayers. I have to say your pictures of your mom this morning looks much improved. Tell her to be strong, that she has many fans who care about her. Glad you got some needed rest too. My family knows about hospital sitting, it is exhausting .I am glad you have few to help out. Even if they sit for 2-4 hours, you and Deanie can get some rest. Blessings to you and your family. Hug your mother for me. xoxo,Susie

Kelly said...

Your mom is in my thoughts and prayers right now. I know how scary it can be to be dealing with health issues in the hospital. Glad that you have a system worked out to keep someone with your mom at all times. I'm sure your mom is comforted knowing someone is there for her. Glad to hear that her sodium level has improved, but worried about her heart condition. Heart stuff can be so serious especially in someone that is already not in good health! Have faith in the doctors that they will get her well and back home soon.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Oh Linda!
I have been without my blogroll for a few days...and look what I missed! It's a good thing that I keep sweet you and your precious family in my daily thoughts and prayers! A sodium imbalance is serious business! I am so relieved to read and see ( thanks to your pictures) that your mother doing better. May God give you energy...and let you keep healthy while your mother needs you!

Wanda said...

I remember the strength I got from everyone in blog land in 2009 when I went through my cancer journey. Yes, it's a family we are. Give you mom another hug from me.

Estelle's said...

I wanted to drop by and check to see if there was an update on your Mom! What wonderful onto the next issue, right? Yes, hospital duty is indeed exhausting! I shall continue to pray for her and for all of you. Many blessings are being sent to you Linda along with warm hugs!

Carole said...

Kia Kaha to your mother from Carole's Chatter here in Auckland New Zealand - that means Stay Strong in Maori and it's a common saying for us when someone is facing a difficult time.

Anne588 said...

Say hello to your mom from anne from Germany. You and your mom remind me so much of my grandmother I miss her so much. She is 92 now and lives quite far away from me with my aunt who we don't talk to. I haven't seen her in 2 years and I am scared to never see her again. But I will never forget the days I spent at her house as a kid. Grandmas are the best ;).

Anonymous said...

:D Linda's Mother: Continued prayers for you (hugs) :D

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

So glad Mother is better and you got some good rest!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Linda...I didn't know. Sending much love and strength to you and your family, Your mother is precious to all of your readers, I know! It sounds like she is improving. Get your's very important, I've been through this sadly.

Positive thoughts, dear friend.

Jane x

Lost my first comment. Grrrrr...

Carla said...

She looks much better here and talking on the phone is a good sign.
Y'all take care