and her "grand babies"....
and the great grand babies too!
I am writing this to ask for prayers. Approximately 2 weeks ago, my mother woke up in pain during the middle of the night. My father of course got up with her and tried to comfort her, giving her Tylenol and trying to comfort her as best he could. At 4:30 a.m. the pain was so bad he had to call the ambulance to take her to the hospital. About 5-6 yrs ago, she tripped over an end pallet in a home improvement store and the ball of her shoulder was crushed. She had to have surgery and had a metal plate and screws put in to even have any movement at all with that arm. She has never been able to raise her arm on that side to even comb her own hair.
She is right handed, it is her right arm!
She did okay for awhile until now. She has been in emergency 3 times in the last 2 weeks, in pain so excruciating that the Valium and Tylenol doesn't even help. The morphine shot she was given messed up her system and she has been sick to her stomach. At night, she would try and catch some sleep sitting in her chair and Dad on the couch....Dad's a bit hard of hearing and a few nights ago he didn't hear her when she got up to use the bathroom. When she finally got his attention and he tried to help her back in her chair....she missed and slipped out of the chair and fell to the floor, damaging her right knee. She is now in the hospital, has been since Saturday morning....in excruciating pain. I went down on Sunday and spent the day at her side. The medications are so strong she is saying things out of her head. I was there when the first physical therapist came in and "tried" to make her stand up! It never happened....she's in so much pain, but she tried! Ended up with her in tears apologizing for crying and being a baby....which made me end up in tears! I told her that any grown man in the same position would be in tears too!
She's 79 yrs old and 122 lbs...if that!
She's a fighter for sure!
For some reason the x-rays on her have not been read up to this point. I am certain that somewhere something must be broken and not just deterioration from her osteoarthritis in her neck and her plate in her shoulder....she's in too much pain!
Last night the hospital had to call one of my sister's in to stay with her, they couldn't get her to calm down. Tonight another sister will stay with her. They live a short distance from there. I am going tomorrow after I drop off my youngest to school. I live the furthest, an hour and half away, so it is not as easy to go down, especially with a daughter in school and active afterschool. But they are in desperate need of a break and they have day jobs as well. She will more then likely end up in a rehabilitation facility, that is best at this point. She seems to need more care in the evening hours, the nurses say as people age that happens. Dad will be 80 yrs next week, he isn't able to care for her as needed at night. That is when the confusion sets in and she needs her family to know she is okay and not being taken hostage....that is what the meds are doing to her!
I love to spend time with my mom....but it sure is hard when it is this way!
Thank you in advance for your prayers....they are surely needed!