Saturday, December 20, 2008

Update on Mom

Typical of the past few weeks' sleep pattern, I am awake at 3:00AM and flaundering around looking for something mindless to do. Not that blogging is mindless. In fact, I am somewhat surprised that I can write, let alone think, coherently.
Mom has been re-hospitalized for a week now. Many tests have been taken but the results show nothing. She is a medical phenomenon. What brought her in this time around is the hand. I can't call it an injury to the hand because when it blew up the way it did, she was simply doing nothing. The docs and nurses all agree that it doesn't take much, just a simple wisp of something against the skin, to cause this kind of injury...that's how tissue thin Mom's hand it. Check this out:

Notice the manicure and the jewelry...

Anyhow, the hand was twice the size of these pictures when I brought her in last Sunday. Now she has to go to a rehab facility in order to learn to manage herself. She has an aide,who will probably leave us for other work since Mom will be in rehap for a month and not in need of an aide until she is discharged. That is not good news. Finding a good, competant, audible, coherent non-medical aide is like finding a needle in the proverbial haystack.

A heartfelt (right hand touching my heart) thank you to all for the prayers and well wishes. You know how powerful prayer is and I am grateful for the healing energy that is sent my way.

8 comments:

madcobug said...

Your Mom's hand really looks bad. I hope by now it looks much better. I hope rehab helps her a lot. Rest while you can while she is there. Helen

Rose said...

Oh my......your poor Mom's hand looks awful and painful.

What is causing this?

I have your MOM in my prayers and you too Sweetie as I know you must be a wreck.

Hugs, Rose

Beth said...

Oh dear, that looks bad. Is it caused by bleeding under the skin, or did she get an infection? I've never seen such swelling with merely bleeding.

I hope things start looking up for her--and for you--soon.

Love, Beth

Lucy said...

Oh my, Karen. That hand looks terrible but as you say at her age her skin is paper thin. I am going to wish you thousands of good lucks on finding a decent caring human to help your mom. I am speaking from experience when looking for one for Alan. I just can only say take care of yourself Karen cause these things take a lot out of you. Lucy

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Hope your Mom starts feeling better soon, and that the swelling goes away. It must be difficult to have her in the hospital this close to the holidays. Hope the rehab facility helps tremendously.

Alice said...

Oh my, that does look bad. My dad is 87 and sometimes he gets bruises from all the work he does but none of the bruises have ever swelled. Many well wishes to you both, Karen.

Missie said...

OMG! Your mom's hand looks terrible! Does it hurt? It looks like it should be very painful! I'll keep her in my prayers.

Janie said...

Oh my goodness! I did not see this entry. Sure hope your mother is doing good. In my prayers. Hugs, Janie