September 29th, 2003


Quickie update

Pressed for time with Conjecture coming up, but I wanted to put an update in while I had a second.

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Turns out that even though they hadn't admitted her on Friday, the percocet didn't help and the pain was still bad, so Sunday afternoon she went back to the ER and they admitted her. Now they're thinking that when she pulled whatever she pulled she may have gotten an infection, so she was on IV painkillers and an antibiotic just to be sure (I think that's what she said).

So Lynda just called and said that after more tests it looks like Mom sprained something, so they're giving her physical therapy (which of course she's being a baby about) and should be out in a couple of days with outpatient PT. They told Dad this morning, but Mom went over to see him so he felt better.

On an interesting note, I got a very gracious offer for the chance to head home without having to worry about money (which is a concern right now). I'm not sure if I'm going to accept it or not, but I wouldn't be able to get home until at least the week after Conjecture, if not two weeks if a birthday bash is being planned for me (although that can wait if need be). I'm debating what I want to do at this point, but since payday is Wednesday I should have a better idea of what my finances are going to look like for the month, so we'll see.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed and frustrated, but I know things are in good hands at home, and I know the con this weekend will go well.
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Update on Mom

Mom called while I was on my way home from work to let me know she's home.

After they admitted her yesterday they put her on morphine, but she said it didn't do any good. They took an MRI and a CAT scan and it showed no infection (they never did give her a precautionary antibiotic like I thought Lynda said they did), so they think it's just a severe sprain. They gave her percodan (which she says also doesn't help), and at 4:00 said she could go home, so Lynda came all the way back down and took her home. Now they told her not to exercise it, but to stay in bed if it hurts and in a few weeks it'll feel better. She's also considering seeing a chiropractor, which I think would help.

In the meantime she's laid up in bed, and Dad's still in the hospital. They keep telling him he can go home soon, but they want him to eat more. I think they not only realize that he's not a big eater to begin with (and my friends wonder where I get it from - as Dad always says, "I may not eat much, but what I eat, I enjoy"), but that my sister has been bringing in some of his favorite foods (pot roast from Bob Evans, my mom's scones and sausage) that he's been eating but hasn't shown up on his chart as part of his caloric intake. Hopefully, though, since he's been doing so well, it's only a matter of a few days, which will do them both a world of good.

I told her to make a list of all the people available to help her - Marilyn, Sissy, Mary, John Dibo, Lisa, even Natalie - and rotate through them if she needs to call someone for something, like a run to the store or something, since she can't drive and it's going to be hard for her to even get around the house for a while (she did say she can still take care of the cat - that's easy, although his litter box needs changing soon). Hopefully that'll help her.

But at least she's home and in good spirits. Dad'll be home soon. Then I'll come visit, and it'll be like it never really happened. :D ("What have you been all bitching about the past few months, sitting home and eating bon-bons? You just wanted me to come home, didn't you?" :D )
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