Wednesday, April 13, 2011
An Update on my Mom, Linda Bien
Well, I am slowly but surely trying to get back into the swing of things, but I just thought I would share a little update about my mom. As I said in my last post, she had a stroke while in the hospital being treated for a bladder infection that was identified as ecoli and later spilled into her bloodstream. I had taken her to her regular doctor on Thursday the 31st as a follow up to an ER visit I had taken her to that Tuesday before where she was treated for dehydration and released, but never got any better.
Her doctor that day gave us two choices: Go home, stay on the antibiotics, drink lots of water and get lots of rest, OR go back to the ER (a different, more competent one) and have them treat her again with IV fluids and do some more testing to make sure they were using the right antibiotics for her infection. I am so happy I pushed for her to be admitted to the hospital when all this started happening with the infection and that she was there when the stroke happened they believe that evening. Otherwise, I believe without a doubt that I would have found her at her home the next day, in a vegetative state or worse.
She is feeling MUCH better from the bladder/ecoli/sepsis infection and will be on IV antibiotics for at least 2 more weeks. She was moved to Reliant Rehabilitation Hospital (not far from the other hospital she was at in case of emergency) on Saturday afternoon to finally start therapy from the stroke's aftermath. As of yesterday, they were still doing their assessments to get an idea of what they need to work on.
Her left side was affected. However, she has already gained LOTS of movement in her arm, and some in her left leg. She will be learning how to walk all over again. Her mind and speech is tremendously intact other than a little attention span deficit.
The strangest thing she's been hit with, though, is a phenomenon they don't know a whole lot about called "Left Sided Neglect". Her brain no longer computes "left". It's as if it's become a whole new dimension to her. As her vision is fine, she can't see or focus on anything on the left side of anything unless she learns to "scan" to the left to look for it. She sometimes doesnt recognize her left leg, arm or side as being "hers". She can't read the left side of a clock, and will only eat things on the right side of her plate, unless prompted to look for more. It's the weirdest thing that she will have to adapt too unless, as her brain heals, it gets better on its own.
She was a real estate office manager before this happened and completely independent. Her boss had to even learn how to send an email last week in her absence as she did EVERYTHING for him! Unfortunately, he is going to have to close his business because he's just not making any money (it was going to be inevitable, but this has solidified his decision) and he is torn up over it. My mom understands, but thinks she can still be of service to him. It will be really hard when she truly realizes that the office is closed. She even thinks she will still be able to drive (although I've been told it's highly unlikely) and all she'll need to do is come up with a way to get there, 'only making right turns'!! LOL!! She still has her sense of humor!
Anyway, now that she's at the rehab hospital, I feel like she's too busy for me to hang out with her as much and I hope to be able to stamp again soon. She's supposed to be there for 2 weeks at least, and beyond that, I don't know what the situation will be. I fear for her living alone as it would be so dangerous with the left neglect. She could run into walls, or turn the wrong burner on for the stove and burn herself without knowing it. But we will have to cross that bridge when we come to it.
During all this, I have had to step away as a designer from My Favorite Things and just stick with The Cat's Pajamas and the Verve Inspiration Team to be able to have a more flexible stamping schedule.
I thank you and love all of ya'll for your support, prayers and positive wishes over the last year or so, with Eric's cancer and now my mom. It was just last March that he was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma and now this March my mom had a stroke. I vote to skip March next year. I don't see a thing wrong with having a February 1st through 59th!
I've got a couple of cards in the works...so please don't leave me just yet!
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