This past week has been one of extreme ups and downs. I have written of how Nellie, Vi’s mum is in the hospital. Now Nellie is 86 years old and not in the best of health to begin with. Last week she got up in the middle of the night and took a fall. She broke a bone right at the bottom of the pelvis. The break is such that it can be left alone and will with time heal on its own. Doctors say that is very fortunate as she would never survive any surgery should it have been required. In her fall she bruised a good part of her left side and got a good bang on the head.
She was taken to the hospital, diagnosed and pumped full of morphine and a lot of other drugs. She was dehydrated and an IV was started. a lot of fluid was put into her body but very little was passing through. Heart failure, kidney failure all sorts of possibilities were discussed and none were to nice to hear. More drugs added to her intake.
In the first I think 3 days she didn’t really sleep, more just dozed off. Pain management was a problem and more and more drugs were being used. as time passed in her waking moments she became less and less rational even combative at times. Dementia is suspected and yet more drugs are added. Pneumonia sets in the situation is just getting worse by the day even it seemed by the hour.Over night bed side vigil, several rushed trips to the hospital a very stressful time. With each trip to the hospital the situation seemed to be just getting worse and worse.
Finally, I think it was Saturday afternoon or evening she seemed to fall into a deep fitful sleep, she remained that way most of Sunday. Visiting was limited so as not to disturb her. Visits were sad, knowing or at least feeling inside this may be the last time you do see her.
Nellie is well known in the family for being “stubborn”, I am CONTINUALLY assured that stubborn streak was NOT passed on to Vi. Monday morning go tip toeing into her room not sure what to expect and there she is sitting up in bed impatiently waiting for her coffee. Still a little confused but about 80% back to her normal. Yesterday go and NELLIE IS BACK to her normal self and wanting to go home. I can’t tell you how good that was to see and how relieved and happen is the entire family.
The change is amazing. I thank all for the prayers said for her, the power of those prayers is amazing, I see it right here in front of me.