Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Oy vey.

How I have neglected this blog lately. But I have an excuse. Really I do.

My mother has been in the hospital for nearly three weeks now. First of all, do ALL of you remember the 2010 Eye Incident? Mmmm hmmmm. Before all of that was said and done, we put eye drops into mom's eyes on a vigorous schedule for WEEKS.

Well, you would think that would have taught mom a little lesson about going straight to the doctor at the first sign of illness. You would be wrong. Mom had a cough for a week or so, but did not make a doctor's appointment. She told all of us she already HAD an appointment scheduled for the following week, and that she'd have the issue taken care of then.

Well, her doctor's appointment was with her rheumatologist, who of course said he had no expertise in coughing and wheezing. He sent her straight to the hospital emergency room, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and immediately admitted.

After a few days of antibiotics and rest, mom was feeling better. However, an unusually high white blood cell count prompted the doctors to run some tests, including a CT scan. They found a softball-sized abscess in her lung. Yuck.

That, of course, led to a chest tube to drain the abscess, as well as talk of surgery to remove any growths in the area and clean out the tissue. Thankfully, we ended up sidestepping any major surgery. The abscess is now gone, and mom's condition has greatly improved.

They are planning on switching her from IV antibiotics to oral antibiotics soon (YAY!), and now she just has to do some PT rehab so she can build her strength back up. Then, she can come home.

So, how has your late July/early August been?

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