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Friday, March 04, 2016

A detour

I was asleep Wednesday afternoon, with my third 12 hr shift ahead of me that night, when I heard Croft calling my name at my front door.  “Sorry, but it’s an emergency, it’s your Mom…”  I grabbed for clothes and my phone and ran over.  Mom had said she thought she had a stroke.  Norma and Kris were already with Mom, giving her an aspirin.  911 was called.  Off she went in the ambulance.  Half awake, calling into work to say I would not be in, I asked Croft to drive me to the hospital.  As he cycled through various gears in random order with my stick shift, we got there and Mom wasn’t in the system yet.  I gave them a few minutes, and then she was in the system but not in a room.  A bit later the reception guy walked over and gave us visitor badges.

Croft waited in the outside reception room while I went in.  Later, after finding me some breakfast, he headed home.  Mom had no obvious issues from the stroke, but she doesn’t remember Tuesday night.  She didn’t take her medicines and clothes and stuff were not where she normally puts them.  At 85, this doesn’t sound unusual, except that my Mom is as active and with it as I am (not that that says all that much lately…).

Yesterday a MRI determined that she did have a stroke and she has been admitted to the stroke unit.  Her handwriting and speech don’t seem to be affected at all, in fact I now see little change in her other than she has been mostly in bed the past 24 hours so is a bit shaky when shuffling to and from the bathroom.

Needless to say I haven’t finished my shifts at work this week.  I have plenty of vacation time accrued, so that is not a problem.  I appreciate that Croft and Norma and Kris jumped in and helped us, and that Favorite Neighbor went over to check on Mom when she wasn’t obviously active that day.

9 comments:

  1. Good neighbors and good friends are priceless. Glad your Mom is going to be OK.

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  2. We are really happy that your mom came through this as well as she did. She is a strong woman and will take this in stride. In my defense, the last time I drove a stick shift was my work truck in the early 90's so you are actually lucky we did not crash and burn. :)

    Conditions worked well for your mom that day as 'favorite neighbor' (and the hero of the day) went to check on her and told Norma and Kris, a former ambulance worker who took charge and gave her an aspirin to thin her blood, you were home (although a little drowsy after me yelling you awake) and I was available to drive. It could have been a lot worse.

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  3. It's good that everyone went into action so quickly and got your mom to the hospital. I will keep her in my thoughts and hope she recovers quickly.

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  4. It is so nice to have good neighbors and that your mom seems to be still in pretty good shape,
    Prayers for you and your mom.

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  5. Sorry to hear of your Mom's health issues. Hopefully it will resolve with the best outcome. Although I'm sure it has been difficult to see your Mom needing more help. Great to have the help and support of the neighbors! Take good care of you both!!

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  6. May Lords help be used to get things back to some what normal. Thank goodness for Croft and Norma.

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    1. Rod!!! Yes, looking forward to things getting back to normal for all of us. Thank you for commenting. You are still in my thoughts as well.

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  7. So glad that your mom is doing well. We just bought a park home in Mesa and have enjoyed following your blog.

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