Last week Wednesday morning my mom called to say she was going to phone for an ambulance to take her to the hospital. I told her not to, and drove through and fetched her myself.
Arriving at the hospital, we ran into her doctor who was doing the rounds, and who was surprised to see here there. Seems like, as usual, there was a bit of a communication gap. The day before, mom had asked to see the doctor. When they called her back, she said she couldn't get to their rooms! (Don't know why she wont ask the neighbors). Any way, so they told her that if she felt bad during the night, she should call an ambulance to take her to hospital, otherwise they could see her the next morning at 10.
She assumed they meant if she felt crap during the night she should call the ambulance in the morning......
Anyway, so the hospital is full, no beds.
I have to take her around to casualty entrance, where they admit her, do the mandatory vitals check, and keep her there till a bed comes available - this happens at about 12 midday.
Then it's a whole bunch of tests, x-rays, scans. Friday they do another CT scan, and confirm she has an Abdominal aortic aneurysm.
So, having looked it up I know that this is serious shit. But no one says anything about doing an operation. Not Friday, nor Saturday! Eventually on Sunday afternoon they come to her to say she will be staying in hospital till Thursday, when they will do the operation.
Anyway, it's been a bit stressful, worrying about mom, running up and down between the office / home / hospital. Keeping all the family updated. Arranging stuff. But hey, I don't mind - it is my Mom!
Anyway, we hoping all will be well with her. But, the post op. recouperation period is quite long. So we have my brothers wife coming to stay with her for a few weeks after the op. And then, if need be, she will mve in with us.
In the mean time we looking at what we can do to get her into a senior citizens home, with care facilities. It's about time. And for a change, she's not insisting that she will stay at home...
My brother and his wife arrive tomorrow to see her before she goes under the knife. My sister has been to see her a couple of times. And she's had the usual process of visitors.
if nothing else, the hospital room is warmer than her house, she's getting 3 meals a day, and she's comfortable.