Ruth spent the night and said mom had a pretty good night but didn't fall asleep until after 11:00 pm, she really does have her nights and days mixed up. I arrived around 5:30 am and mom had a tough time waking up. Breakfast of cream of wheat and a chocolate shake was ordered at 6:30 am and delivered around 7:00 am. She was able to eat some of each but was tired and not really hungry. At 10:00 am Joan arrived with mom's blood pressure pills. The hospital is no longer giving her the regular daily pills but we as a family felt she should at least have the blood pressure pills before her trip home. Amy arrived next to help with the big move. Below is her fancy ride to the non emergency ambulance.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Diane spent the night with mom last night and I arrived at the hospital just before 6:00 am. Mom was very weak and not able to respond much. I had a good talk with the nurse and right after Beth and Aunt Jinnie arrived the doctor walked in. We asked him if mom could be taken home and were relieved when he told us that was very possible. After discussing everything we made the decision to bring mom home from the hospital. I left for home as Dr. Hoerr was due to come. Beth reported they had removed the NG tube and we were now allowed to let mom have something to eat. This is the first time since Sunday she has had anything by mouth. Beth started with small pieces of ice chips. Ruth arrived to relieve Beth. Ruth sent the picture below with the words, "she ATE IT ALL!"
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Mark started the coffee make around 3:45 am. I woke on my own at 4:00 am and was very thankful for that first hot cup of coffee. Karin spent the night at the hospital with mom and needed to be relieved at 6:00 am but since Mark started the coffee early I was early and made it to the room by 5:45 am. Karin said mom was up during the night and did a lot of talking. I think she has her days and nights mixed up as this morning she just couldn't seem to wake up. Dan and Aunt Jinnie relieved me and I got home by 11:30 am as Dr. Hoerr was supposed to come this afternoon. Today was the day for phone calls to arrange mom's care in the coming days. Mom's case manager from the hospital called first. She gave me some options but that meant I needed to call Skylines and talk to Kevin. I had already talked to him a couple days ago so more than likely he was expecting the call. We also wanted to check on home health care but at this stage that isn't really an option although all of us were willing to be there and help. Right now mom needs skilled nursing. At least she is no longer feeling hungry, her NG tube is taking care of that. Dr. Sarah came in for her pedicure.
Monday, September 27, 2021
Now that Molly saw mom at the hospital she was willing to go on the entire walk with us. I took the picture below and sent it to Rachel who had spent the night with mom. Mom had just asked if Molly was walking with us and pleased to see the picture.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Morning came quickly even when one goes to bed at 6:30 pm. Although I was up twice during the night checking my phone for updates on mom. At 5:30 am I left for the hospital to relieve Diane. When I got to the parking lot my phone was not in my purse. I was pretty sure I had put it in my purse when I got in the car but it just wasn't there. When I got to mom's room Diane was just waking up. Mom didn't have a bad night but when she woke up she wanted to eat and drink. I was able to get a cup of ice and could swab her mouth with that as we waited for the speech therapist to come. She arrived at 7:00 am but did not approve mom to go off NPO as she felt mom was still not swallowing correctly. At that point I asked mom if she would consider a temporary feeding tube and mom asked if they were uncomfortable. As I didn't have my phone we weren't able to listen to church this morning until Spark, Rhonda and Aunt Jinnie arrived. They were able to use Spark's phone and bring up Peoria church on Facebook live. David was having the message on Psalm 46 (one of my favorites) The best refuge Psalm. I left and made it home just in time to get a phone call from Barb and Tony who were on speaker phone with mom's doctor. Spark, Rhonda and Aunt Jinnie were all listening to both doctors discuss mom and they all came to the conclusion mom needs nutrition and they asked her then would she accept a temporary feeding tube. Mom asked, "How much does it cost?" Of course that wasn't an issue and then she replied, "it really seems like a waste that I won't be able to taste the food." Dan asked her, "Do you really WANT to taste hospital food?" but then she wanted to know if she would feel full. Tony assured her that even if she can't taste the food she would not feel hungry. NOW to just get that job done. She is on the schedule for the first available. This afternoon we had operation puppy smuggle.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Today I didn't leave the house until 4:20 am BUT I felt much more tired as my phone went off at 11:00 pm someone wanting to come on Sunday to see Irish's colt. That person sent 2 texts. I had to leave my phone on and by our bed and once I woke up I didn't get back into a deep sleep. Finally around 3:00 got up, started the coffee and downed a couple cups before getting ready. Ruth was already up and sitting on the chair waiting for me at 5:00 am. We visited a bit before she left to pick up Steven and head to Rochester, MN to pick up Fedi. At 7:00 am the OT came, mom was hard to wake up and really not responding well. I explained to the OT that yesterday was exceptional so we thought maybe mom was just worn out. Well we got her bathed, dressed, and used the lift to get her into a wheel chair but it wasn't easy as mom really could not wake up enough to help. Breakfast arrived but we didn't offer it until the OT was finished. Mom was just too tired to hold the spoon today. I noticed the IV had been discontinued so was trying to push liquids but she only took a few sips of the thickened orange juice and a few sips of thickened milk. She was able to east the small bowl of ground up peaches and a few bites of yogurt before asking to quit. She slept in the wheel chair the rest of the time. When Diane and Aunt Jinnie arrived I was just getting a blanket on her as it felt cool in the room. I left but shortly after leaving Kathy Huthmann arrived with Nancy to see mom. After the visit Kathy took Nancy out to eat and shared the picture below. The first is when she put the glasses on herself and the second is when Kathy helped her.
Friday, September 24, 2021
I left the house this morning around 4:30 am and slipped into mom's hospital room around 5:00 am. Ruth and mom were both sound asleep and stayed that way for a while. Ruth was surprised to see me when she woke up. The nurse came in to take mom's vitals, mom awoke and said very clearly, "I would like an egg over easy on toast with a glass of orange juice." Well that wasn't going to happen but as soon as possible, which is 6:30 am, we ordered breakfast of a banana, yogurt, cream of wheat, orange juice and coffee. Of course the banana was pureed, the yogurt was sugar free and fat free and we didn't think to serve that, the orange juice and coffee were both thickened but mom still enjoyed them. She ate all of the banana and about a 4th of the cream of wheat. She was able to scoop it up with her spoon and take the spoon to her mouth all by herself. Right after breakfast the OT came in and started therapy. Mom did amazing with that, sitting up and balancing.The OT asked mom if she would like to finish up by sitting in the chair and mom said yes. We used the lift to get mom into the chair, the OT got ready to leave and the PT walked into the room. He went right to work having mom stand twice, putting her back on the bed then back on the chair. By the time he was done Aunt Jinnie and Beth were walking through the door. All of that activity and mom wasn't completely worn out. I had to leave but Beth reported mom and Aunt Jinnie were sitting together visiting about their past shared vacations. Such good times those were. Mom was approved for in hospital therapy and will start that tomorrow. She was given a new room and moved into that late this afternoon. Ruth went to spend the night again and had 2 different nurses tell her that mom was really lucky to get this last room in the rehab. Thank YOU Father! When I got home I went right out to the barn. The first job on the list was to tease Whiskey who was not at all interested in Evan.
Her owner was given the good news. The next job was to move the trailer into the indoor arena then move the two weanlings into the indoor for them to practice self loading. This has been the easiest way to teach the young ones to step up all by themselves. I took a few pictures for their owners. The weanling with the lead rope attached is Jury's colt by Valiant named King.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Joan stayed at the hospital until Beth and Aunt Jinnie arrived. That gave me time here to work with the weanlings and get the chores done. I left for the hospital at 10:00 am. Beth needed to be with her daughter Amy and her grandson Russ as Russ was having surgery today. Amy brought a huge basket of goodies to share with people that visit mom's room.
Aunt Jinnie and I enjoyed an apple. A bit after that Aunt Jinnie put her chair back and both mom and she had a nap.
Joan spent the night and sent the video's below of mom eating and drinking by herself!:
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Mom woke up on her own this morning and was able to talk on the phone with Aunt Jinnie's kids. The neuro surgeon walked in and was surprised stating, "good call on not doing the shunt." I left at 6:00 am after taking care of the horses to relieve Beth. The nurse came in to evaluate mom and she was also impressed. Mom could do almost everything that she asked except for her left arm. She was able to wiggle her toes on the left leg and move it a bit which yesterday she could not do anything with that leg. With her left arm we could tell mom was trying but she was not able to move it but when the nurse put her fingers into mom's left hand and asked her to squeeze it she did it. Dan came up this morning just as Beth was leaving. Right after he arrived one of the IV bags fell off the stand. This bag had been taped but we couldn't find any tape so Dan got out his toolywooly, poked another hole and rehung the bag.
That was the perfect person to run into. He followed them to the new room and he is going to be able to arrange Molly, mom's dog to come for a visit. Mom's fever went up to 102 which set her back some so no Molly today but Joan had already given Molly a bath just in case. Diane had to leave for work around 3:00 pm so Karin came up to relieve her and Aunt Jinnie decided to stay the rest of the afternoon. Below she is helping mom eat her first real meal.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
My alarm went off at 3:00 am and it really was hard to get up then. I made the coffee and after 2 cups felt ready to start work. The 2 weanlings were thrown hay and given water then I left for the Berean office. When I reached 116 it was blocked off with fire engines and cop cars. The ReFuel bar was on fire.
I had to go through town to bypass that area. I was able to drop off the mail and from there went straight down to the hospital arriving at 4:30 am. Mom had just come back from a CT scan. She told me herself it looked about the same as yesterday. She was very tired this morning and when the doctor came in told us they were going to let her sleep more today, no more waking her up every hour to ask questions we were relieved. They were also going to start therapy. Sarah arrived shortly after that. The OT showed up about 10 minutes after the doctor left and started working with mom moving her arms around and asking questions. Mom had not had a good night and was pretty tired. She left after about 40 minutes and within 10 minutes the PT arrived. He told mom they were going to get her sitting and standing. I don't think he realized she can't move her left leg or arm. We got her sitting but it took all 3 of us, Sarah, me and the PT. Mom's breakfast had arrived while all of this was going on and by the time the PT mom was exhausted. Sarah told mom there was cream of wheat for breakfast and asked if she wanted brown sugar and cinnamon in it. Mom told her yes, Sarah mixed it up, gave her a spoonful and mom replied, "it needs milk." By the time Sarah got the milk in it mom was sound asleep.
Monday, September 20, 2021
This day started for me in the wee hours of the morning. Once we saw the ambulance leave we tried to go back to bed but just couldn't sleep. When the coffee maker went off at 5:00 am we gave up trying. Joan sent us the update at 6:00 am (the first post on mom). I took the golf cart over to Rhonda's then met Diane at mom's. Molly was taken out and followed us to the dumpster but was confused as to where mom was. We walked to Joan's, checked to make sure her kids were still sleeping then back before putting Molly back in the house. I went straight up to the barn, brought Jury and her colt in a stall then went into the paddock, haltered Soul's filly and brought her into the stall quickly removing Jury. Jury was loaded into the trailer and hauled out to Middle Grove. I drove back to the far area, Jury called and the herd came galloping up so Lola was haltered and loaded up. The phone was used for a few pictures of the foals out there for their owners. Below is Onyx, Lily's filly by Valiant.
So now we wait.