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Thursday, March 6, 2008

An Update and a Thank You

Mom's appointment for her MRI was a huge DISappointment, as we found out she could not have one. She has a tens unit implant from several years ago in her back for relieving her back pain, and because of that, they were unable to do an MRI. The nurse said that her back would fry in that spot, so wisely, we elected not to go through with it. Instead, her Dr. was called and she ordered a CT scan of mom's brain.

We should know the results sometime on Monday. Last night, mom was doing much better - she was still tired, but she had no memory of yesterday morning's events. She is of course, frightened and concerned that she's having mini-strokes. She does not want to end up like her sister, who was incapable of caring for herself for the last seven of eight years of her life and had to end up staying in a nursing home.

I feel guilty, because my brother and his wife live with my parents and they are both so tired and burned out from his illness that they no longer have the energy to take care of my mom, but they do it anyway. I help out as much as I can, but she is a handful and has really turned into sort of meanie in her old age. (I know that sounds horrible, but it's true). One minute she's fine and the next, she's extremely emotional and screaming. You just don't see too many 76 year old women acting that way. Or maybe you do. But I never have. It certainly doesn't make taking care of her any easier. Some days it's a challenge to even WANT to do it, to be honest.

I'm taking her to see another Dr. today - she wants to have a "regular" Dr because the Dr. she is currently seeing only works two days a week and that isn't really jiving with mom's needs. I'll let you know how that goes.

Thanks to everyone for your prayers. I definitely felt them yesterday. After my initial moments of fear, a wonderful peace swept over me and I realized that no matter what happens, it's okay. God's in control and I just let him pilot the boat while I tried to enjoy the ride as much as possible.


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Flea said...

Has this personality thing been going on for awhile? Is it unusual for your mother, based on what you've always known of her?

My cousin went for an MRI last week and couldn't get one because of a tongue ring which hasn't been removed for twelve years and now can't be removed. :)

Glad that you are doing better.

Rachel Whetzel said...

Love you, Karen. I'm praying for you ALL!! I understand the stress... we've been dealing here too, and it SUCKS.

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

I've been thinking about you - hope y'all get to the bottom of it next week and can move on with treatment or therapy or whatever needs to be done. Hang in there, friend.

Mzzterry said...

I just said a prayer for you. I will continue to pray for you, that God give you peace, wisdom, patience and insight as you deal with this difficult situation. It is tough as our parents get older,


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Elaine A. said...

I hope everything works out. You are wise (as always!) to put it in the hands of God. Much love and prayers,

suzof7 said...

Tag - you're it!

Praying for you and your mom by the way!

Flea said...

How are things going there, Karen? Praying for you.

Mrs. Jules said...

Hi Karen, praying for you and your mother.

Fresh Girl said...

I'm hoping we'll hear soon about the results for your mom. Thinking of you and praying for you both. {{{{Karen}}}}