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Mama almost died - jazzygirlhal

Dec. 6th, 2005 05:53 pm Mama almost died

My mother had been acting loopy since
the day before. An occasional occurence
when she would abuse her medication.
After a second full day of it I decided
to get her to the ER, after conferring
with the doctor. So the call was made.
Rude ambulance drivers rushed mama off.
I waited for what seemed forever while
they couldn't, or wouldn't find my mama.
Apologetically they finally let me to her.
This time she wasn't hooked up to the
respirator and they weren't throwing the
letters DNR around. She was still no
compus mentus, and the doctors keep
asking, "is this her baseline?" NO
no no no I tell them, she is just as
coherent as I am right now, she has
not lost her faculties.

Later she tries to sign out AMA,
they discovered she has an infection
but can't find the source. She says
give me my antibiotics and send me on
my way. The doctors tell her
"If you leave tonight, you will die"
They ask me if I can't get her to stay.
I manage to make it happen, by getting
a bit sassy, but she was being selfish.
So she had pneumonia that infected her
blood, she was septic and they say 50%
of the people that come in that septic
die. She stayed about 10 days and was able
to get healthier. She switched doctors,
Yeehaw, no more of the trips to Boston
every three weeks.

She has a pain management specialist,
a pulmonologist, an immunologist, and
a general practitioner. Hopefully things
will turn around.

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Date:January 6th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
Oh, HAL, so much, so much. How is it now, a month later? I'm sorry I'm so out of touch. My own drama brings me down, but I want to be here for you. Call anytime you can.

Much love to you,
(I forgot my login...)
Date:January 6th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)

my prayers...

hi hal. i just saw this. i am never on lj anymore. i am so sorry your ma is going through this. and much love to you and your sis. this is scary and i am really sorry. please let me know if i can do anything. love you, butterfly.