Sparks. I am glad to (SEE) you posting..

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Sparks. I am glad to (SEE) you posting..
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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 7:31am
I am also glad things seem to be getting better for Mom. I know ALL about thost pesky Gallstones. I had my Gallbladder removed 24 hours after having kira. I had major problems during my pregnancy with that and pancreatitis. I hope she recovers and you can start sneaking some milkshakes to her again too! How are YOU doing????/

Love , Nik

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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 9:09am
I've been swallowed whole by the corporate monster! ARGH!!!!!

I am so far behind at work...at least a week. I'm going to have to put in some over time this next week to catch up.

Thanks for thinking of me. Sorry I've been remiss in not catching you guys up to my mom's status. I'm sure you can relate to family medical crisis...to say the least. My mom had gallbladder surgery on Wed a.m. Thru some blood tests the dr was able to see that the blood infection was from the intestinal area and not the urinary tract (good news for the nursing home let me tell ya!). They did a sonogram on Monday and saw several deteriorating stones. The drs felt confident that this is what has been causing these episodes of septic shock.

It was so funny, on Mon p.m. I was w/my mom @ around 9:00 and this dr walked in the ICU room and introduced himself as a surgeon sent to consult with my mom and the family. I'm like "Really?" totally confused. He went on to tell me about her gallstones and the deterioation of the gallbladder as well. He said even given her fragile health (heart, infection) that her team of drs felt she could w/stand the laproscopic surgery to remove the stones and bladder. He said that if Mom didn't elect this than the likelihood of her coming back w/more septic shock and blood infection would increase in frequency and severity. It was pretty much a no brainer.

She came thru the surgery like the swimming champ she used to be...which we do think has been a contributing factor of her body being able to withstand so much illness, KWIM? Yesterday we got some GREAT news that her heart function is already markedly improved since the surgery. YEE HAW!!! I cried when db told me. BUT she is extremely swollen and has a horrible rash. We're hoping it's just anesthesia reaction...post surgery crap. The drs don't seem too concerned about that. She just looks horrible though. Puffy and red...poor thing. I went by Thurs and brushed her teeth, gave her a bed bath, and cleaned her hair. She slept thru most of it from morphine. She probably doesn't even remember me being there she was so wasted. But only one IV in her and it's the antibiotic! More great news! No more dopamine for blood pressure and delantin for the seizures. So all in all she is doing remarkable and I'm thanking God every day.

I have been keeping my dad informed even tho he's been less than an a**hole. Don't even ask. He's an alcoholic is the only thing to say. My db didn't want to tell him about mom's event. But Dad goes and sees her daily and I know he still loves her very much and she still loves him. I'm o.k. w/that but he's still an a**hole, KWIM? I think it's the right thing to do. DB still has very raw negative feelings about Dad but he respects my decision.

DH will be gone most of April to Europe and CA for business won't even be here for Easter and he picked out Shane's Easter outfit. I'll have to take lots of pics. Other than being overwhelmed at work, things are definitely on the upswing esp w/Mom doing as well as she is. Maybe the dicupidous sores will heal up more quickly with this septis a thing of the past...keep your fingers crossed. She's GOT to get out of that bed more and back to some physical therapy.

Give Kira butterfly kisses for me, k?

And a note to anyone else reading this, thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you ......you guys are the best.


Karen

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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 12:06pm
Karen, I am glad you mom is doing better, and I hope she continues to improve. Kris
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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 12:23pm
Hi Karen. Thanks for the update on your mom, I haven't seen you on the board for a few days and was worried that maybe she had a turn for the worse. I am so glad the doctors finally found what was causeing the Septic shock and she is getting better. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

I hope all is well with Shane.

Amy



Amy, Mom to Shelby (5/97) & Emily (4/01)

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 3:17am
Karen, so glad to hear the good news about your mom! Hope she continues improving and back at physical therapy real quick!

(((HUGS)))

~Lynda