Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's A Struggle

This past week has again been a bit of a roller-coaster ride or a see-saw with Mom's condition improving, only to degrade and then to improve again.

The past two days were very encouraging ones.  However, this morning, upon arriving at the hospital, Mom was mostly unresponsive to touch and speech.  The night nurse didn't recognize that this was not her 'norm' as at one point during the night she had repositioned her and Mom had grabbed the side rails, but then went back to sleep.  The monitor numbers had all been in the acceptable range.  My dad and I immediately recognized something was not right and advised the nurse that this was not at all good and she immediately put a call to the doctor.  Things buzzed quite abit all morning.

Mom's back on the ventilator, sedated again and her kidneys are not producing even with Lasix, though they were doing great yesterday.  Many tests, cultures, etc have been done, some still awaiting results.  The sepsis is "blooming" anew, and overall, things just aren't looking good.  Her CO2 levels were double the normal high end level.

I dread the conversations needed with the siblings.  Will have to have them some time today.  Ultimately, all decisions fall to my dad as to continued life support once it's deemed that recovering is not possible.  We have an advanced directive, from 2001!

I'm still praying for a miracle.  All things are possible with God.


  1. So sorry your Mom is having such a bad time of it. Prayers from Texas..................

  2. You're heavy on my heart. Miracles do happen.

  3. Just noticed you posted that on Tuesday. I've been out of town and just now checking blogs. Hope the situation has improved.


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