Had a busy day with Mom today, so I'm totally "Me Time" binging right now. Or at least making the most of it: I have one eye on the NCAA Basketball Tourney on the tube, the other eye on the Red Sox vs. Dodgers exhibition game on MLB.tv, and during commercials I'm playing a little old school NES Genghis Khan.
Alright... back on point. They let Mom go home from the hospital early this evening. They have enrolled her in hospice care. That will be a big help. So we already have a hospital bed & other various sundry home health care items around the house now thanks to Hospice.
We're bracing like it's the beginning of the end. Could be 3 days. Could be 3 months. But it sort of looks like Mom won't be regaining enough strength long-term to get through chemotherapy or radiation.
We've had a lot of support & help. My mom's mother & sister came down during the middle of the week to sit with Mom while my sister & I caught up on sleep from our late night at the ER on Monday. Families from my church cooked dinner for our family the last 3 evenings. And when I say "cooked dinner," that's a radical understatement. We feasted. Stuffed pork chops. Chicken stuffed with ham & cheese. Deviled Eggs. Key lime pies. (Yeah, PLURAL) It's ridiculous. It's really lifted our spirits to feast on such fine meals each night.
No tears or pity parties yet. We have way too much to do between keeping track of Mom's pills, doctor's appointments, and other details to be sad about losing her. It's been pleasant for us to have this time to spend with her if an end is indeed near.
I thank you for your prayers.
This whole experience has been an education. I'll have a whole blog later to educate you all. Some folks do things trying to help, but are really a nuisance & only add to our load. Its all good, though -- we've rolled with the punches. I'm just saying that to let you know that I'll enlighten you all at some future time about how best to serve your sick neighbor -- especially what not to do.
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