Thursday, April 7, 2011

My Mother

As most of you know that my mom has been very sick for the past 3 years. I thought I would update what is going on with my mother.

Three years ago, almost to the date she was diagnosed with Thynoma Cancer. (click here for more info) She has been fighting it since then, with some time of remission but in November it came back in her lung, although it was still Thymoma cancer.

The account is from my personal view:

1:45 am Sunday Morning my sister (jen) called me, I was in and out of sleep, wondering if I should get up and let Barbie out, so I jumped up out of bed and wondered who it was. the caller Id had it as an unknown caller, answered it. As I was understanding what was going on I got that my mom got meningitis (go here for more info on it) So my fist thought was um she's my sis she might got that infection confused with a different name that sounds the same like laryngitis, but then she listed the symptoms and you can then imagine my response, luckily I had a dr. sleeping next to me so Gar confirmed that it was in fact Meningitis.

I was able to leave the house by 6 am not really knowing what to find, while talking to the er dr. at 3 am he said described what was going on with her and said that my mother was the sickest patient he had seen in the past 2 months, With that info I thought lets go... um that's right I live in a town were gas stations do not open for another 2 hrs and how bad do I really want to wake up Chloe so I wasn't really going any were for at least 2 more hours. Yep I packed.

6:15 am. ready to go, got gas Chloe, Barbie, a suitcase full of clothes (only thing I was missing was socks, which byt does any know where to get good ones at?)

8:30am got to see my mom, at this point in time no one knew if the Meningitis was contagious so we use masks. this was a hard concept for me, I couldn't just rush in and hug her, I had to stop wash hands, use a mask, and then hold her hand. It was and still is hard to see my unconscious mom laying in the bed with a ventilator breathing for her. My heart sinks every time I really look at her.

later that day after talking with dr.s and nurses, and family members my heart was comforted a bit. However grim the out come is in my mind the Dr.s say there is a lot of hope.

Tuesday Am (by this time, my time is running together in a blur of hours, days,and moments) I was able to get an RN to go through the dr.s notes on her conditions. This was really helpful for me to wrap my mind around it. the list was long but of course meningitis was the main issue the others would be phenomena, diabetes, yep phenomena in her lungs, technically it's the same bacteria that is causing her meningitis, it's also was confirmed that her blood is septic ( a term that means that her blood is full of bacteria)

Wed. we were told that her the chance of her recovering with little damage was 10% and her mortality rate was 10% higher. Yikes, although I hate thinking in percentages because that's the worse kind of broad answer a dr. can give because there is no good text book answer and there is not text book patient.

Thursdays (today) the neurologist came early this morning and said that since her mental status hasn't changed much, she will see us Monday as she doesn't suspect much more mental activity to be apparent in the next couple days

So I have asked all the dr.s about her mental status and although it's caused by the infection that she has, she is the one that has to fight and wake up on her own with out the ventilator. and that is what we are waiting for. It's been four days and not much has happened. although they say her vitals are doing well, her kidneys are doing well, although her lungs and brain are failing. I am trying to see the good out weighing the bad, and although I believe in medicine and faith working together I am not foreseeing a good outcome. But there is still hope, when all else fails there is always hope and prayer.

please email me or call me if you would like any more information. I personally am holding up, although I will admit I am a bit of a pessimist I do truly hope she wakes up with out much problems. My dad is holding up but is lonely with out his other half awake.


Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your mom. I will definitely keep her in my thoughts and prayers. All of you. Your little girl is SO beautiful. Love the family picture on your blog.

Stephanie said...

I'm so sorry, Lisa. I remember you telling me about her when she first got sick...All my love and prayers to you and your family!

clarkdebbie said...

Thanks for your update Lisa. I am so glad you are keeping a blog. We are praying for her. We love her very much. We have gotten close to her and your dad over the past couple years, and we can feel how much Heavenly Father loves her. God bless you and your family, Lisa. BTW, Chloe is getting so big, and so cute!!!

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry to hear about all this with your Mom. I will pray for you and for your family. My love is with you and I think about you often.