Dec 29, 2011
After two walks I decided I wanted to take a third walk, straight down the beach to Elsy’s for a marguerita!
Two delicious margueritas later it was time to head back for some reading in the sun. So far a perfect day.
Then I started getting messages to check in with Dad. Mom was not having a good day. I had to call each sibling to try and put the story together. My brother thought things were 50/50. Plus they had changed rooms again, this time because of a staff shortage. Mom is still in ICU and likely to be there for several more days. After many calls back & forth to the hospital and to Dad re the legal issue of giving me information ( seems that they have lost the first set of permissions )I finally was put through to a Dr. He started with the standard ‘she is doing as well as can be expected’ but I finally did get some solid information which even my family there had not received. Mom was in very very bad shape when she had her surgery. In addition to the complete valve replacement she also had a hole in a second valve which was repaired. She is still groggy seven days post surgery not from drugs they are giving her but from her own body not wanting to wake up. Her hands are shaking so badly that she needs to be fed and somehow aspirated fluid into her lungs. There is a fear of pneumonia plus she has been intubated with a feeding tube as she has some swallowing problems which are being looked into.
So I am now satisfied that Mom is alright and have conveyed that to all of the family. I tried to explain to Dad that it is a matter of asking the right questions at the hospital but it does help that I have nursing background. However I do believe that the hospital should have explained in more detail what has been happening.
And that was ayer……yesterday!