Nothing can be easy or simple when it comes to my Mom’s recent health issues. She did not have surgery yesterday. The cardiologist wouldn’t release her until he can determine if her heart can handle it (quadruple bypass surgery May 2004). She’s scheduled for a stress test today & if she passes, the surgery will be this afternoon. It’s a simple (cough) “routine” surgery. She’s having her gallbladder removed. Because with terminal cancer, bad circulation, diabetes, an amputated leg… this would be the logical next step.
The worst part of all of this… yes, there’s a worse part. Is that when my Mom found out about the *immediate need* (that’s sarcasm, folks) to have her gallbladder taken out she was on her way to my sister’s house for a normal dinner with family. The first time in six months that she would’ve been eating a meal someplace other than in a hospital bed. My Dad was driving her to her doctor’s appointment since the rehab/nursing home place didn’t provide transportation. He gets the call on the way there saying that she needs to be admitted right away. That was Tuesday. It’s now Thursday morning and her gallbladder is still safely tucked away inside her abdomen.
I do want you to know that I appreciate your thoughts and prayers… and will be holding on to them a little while longer.
In the meantime, I had a follow-up doctor’s appointment yesterday. I also discovered that it’s a lot easier to remove your make-up at night after you’ve cried a bit during the day. (my beauty tip of the week – you can thank me later)
Apparently I’m a bit stressed out.
I know what you’re thinking… Jen? Stressed?? What could she possibly have to be stressed out about?!
I know, I know… but it’s true! My doctor even gave me a couple of prescriptions for it and recommended I do this thing called “exercise.” From what he told me it’s the only thing that *doesn’t* come in tablet form. Crap.
In other news – the whole family will be driving down to Florida tomorrow. It’s my Mom’s 57th birthday. The kids haven’t seen her in a while & I think they could all use some time together. We’re going to be staying at my sister’s house which means I’ll get to love on that baby some more. (oh – and maybe Jamie will read this blog before I call and tell her that we’ll be staying with her…’cause I’m a planner like that)
I’ll also be driving down to Orlando on Saturday to host a little baby shower for Jules. I can’t wait to see her and Jen! I know that seeing them will do me a lot of good!
(Laughing is exercise, right?)