Monday, 24 March 2008

So many posts to write, so little time.

Meanwhile, here is the ongoing saga with my mother. She was hospitalized a week ago with pneumonia. While she was there, they found blood in her stool. So she'll have to have a colonostomy soon. She went home Saturday, but yesterday morning was taken back in to the emergency room with chest pains. She was admitted to the ICU, where she apparently had a bad night with an up-and-down heart rate. They want to run tests to see if she's had a heart attack or something else.

And I sit here 6,000 miles away, feeling helpless and guilty that my stepfather's daughter is having to look after my mother. While my mother was in the hospital, my stepfather had three falls, including one in the shower. He said he felt an explosion in his head.

This is not something I ever thought about when I moved to this country.

11 comments:

J said...

Many prayers and positive energy to you, your mother, & your stepfather.

Flowerpot said...

oh lordy, wakeup. I am so sorry. Take care and we're thinking of you.

softinthehead said...

Thinking of you. This is something we will also have to deal with at some time in future, not being on the doorstep. Be strong.

softinthehead said...

Thinking of you. This is something we will also have to deal with at some time in future, not being on the doorstep. Be strong.

Kaycie said...

Bless your heart. I hope both your mother and your stepfather are okay. It must be hard on you to be so far away. I'll be sending good thoughts your way.

Pantheist Mom said...

((hugs))
We're never prepared for our parents getting older. Keep us updated on how they're doing...I'm sending good hopes and vibes their way.

Kelly said...

It's something you couldn't have thought about or you would never have moved your life to the UK, gained your husband, your kids, and your blog. Sending you love though. I know what it's like to be in your position. Best love. xxx

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. Because of the time difference, I can't call till the late afternoon so I don't know the latest.

Candy said...

I totally understand how you feel right now. When my parents retired, they moved to Arizona from New Jersey. Out of their seven kids, 6 remained in NJ and one lived in Arizona. Dad had been sick all my life, and when he got out there it started to rapidly deteriorate. My sister in AZ was the only one who could look after them, and she was overwhelmed, but there was nothing any of us could do on any long term basis. I will always feel bad about that.

ChrisB said...

It must be so difficult for you being so far away. Will be saying a prayer for you and your family.

laurie said...

yep, that is very, very tough. but you can't stay home forever, worrying that someone might get sick.

as my father used to say, "you can't live life with your finger on your pulse."

i'm sorry you're worried, and i'm wishing you the best.