First off, thanks for the thoughtful messages for my mom. The family dynamics have almost driven me nuts, but this weekend has been calm and uneventful, so I'm going to focus on that.
*sharing some of the nonsense later, because it helps lift the weight and it's entertaining, is it not? Stay tuned.
We are all grateful that Mom's mini-stroke was indeed mini and that the whole thing resulted in her receiving long overdue, but vehemently refused, medical care. I'm happy to share that she is home and agreeing to take the few medications that the doctors really wanted her to take. She feels good and is perky. She even went with Ann and Dad to a follow up appointment at Dad's GP . . . as if she's accepted this wonderful doctor as her own.
On the cooperative front: she's using a walker as a precaution. She's going to Coach's clinic for outpatient PT due to weakness in her right arm and hand.
She's also carrying a cell phone for the fist time in her life. It isn't a legit cell phone. It's part of a heart monitor thing. She must keep it within 5 feet for 30 days while she wears this 'knob' type thing attached to her chest. The cell phone reads the attachment thing. My folks have never owned a cell phone. Have I mentioned Mom's stubbornness? They are adjusting to charging a device each night. Mom wears the cell phone in a passport holder around her neck.
Coach and I both feel that since she's started taking meds (4x a baby aspirin dose, something for cholesterol, and Zoloft for anxiety which lead to her stroke, worrying about getting her license renewed - Zoloft also supposedly improves mobility) she seems mentally clearer, less spacey and confused. The lost memory thing is not undone, but she seems different . . . more like her formerly engaged and tuned-in self.
If you've seen the movie Mean Girls, then you might appreciate that I've convinced Mom to start eating 'Perfect' protein bars. She didn't want anything to do with Ensure or any other meal replacement shake when the hospital's dietician suggested it. My guess is that she associates Ensure with caring for her elderly mother and aunt.
|Perfect bar nutrition facts from the company website.|
Her appetite has diminished, but we are trying to urge her to eat something to keep up her strength. I buy Perfect bars for my kids. Reg likes them after he works out or plays in a basketball game. They have a lot of protein, but they also have loads of carbs.
VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE
|Mom and Curly |
from a distance.
|Dad is apparently reading: |
THE WAR THAT
MADE THE ROMAN EMPIRE,
then he can watch
Better Off Dead when
he needs a breather from
such light reading.
Sunday morning I went over and sat with Mom so Dad could go to mass. We are not leaving her alone just yet. I snapped a photo of Dad's typical reading selection along with the copy of our DVD.
IN OTHER UNRELATED MEDICAL UPDATES
|Note the computer and laptop watching him|
from my ancient end table. That end table
stores so many tot toys in my daycare, but the
day I end my daycare I will be ready to
get rid of my two eye sore end tables.
Unfortunately he didn't have a SINGLE episode.
|Maybe he always wanted|
to have a pony tail?
|This is what it looked like|
when I took off the gauze
and removed the
electrodes at long last.
So frustrating and concerning. The test, by the way, will cost us around $2,000 AFTER insurance. I haven't heard any results yet, so maybe the equipment gathered helpful data despite the fact that he didn't feel the deja vous stuff.
If I had hair to spare, I'd be tearing my it out.
YELLOWSTONE THAT PARK THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED, BUT HERE WE ARE