My experiences while living with my mother and her Alzheimer's Disease.(her birthdate = January 2, 1925)

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Just a short note to catch you up. Penny took Mama to the ER on Wednesday. She had a urinary tract (sp?) infection that had spread to her blood. She was running a fever and her blood pressure was low. She was also dehydrated due to the fever. The doctor didn't think she would make it through the night, but Mama fooled them. She was moved to a room yesterday evening. Beverly stayed with her last night and I am headed there now so need to run.

hugs to one and all.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Just a quick note to let you all know that Mama is not doing too well tonight. She has been a little puny for a few days, but we thought it was just allergies. She had started running fever yesterday so Beverly called the doctor this morning to see what we should do. She said we were doing all the right things, but to add hot peppermint tea and Chloroceptic(sp?) spray since she seemed to be having a hard time swallowing.

This afternoon Penny called me at work to say that Mama's temp had gone up to 102 so she was headed for the emergency room. I told her to call the doctor first. I guess the doctor said go to the ER. I headed there after work, and felt really guilty because Mama has a urinary tract infection that has spread to her blood. Her blood pressure and oxygen levels were really low, and she was pretty dehydrated.

I teared up when they asked if we had a DNR (do not resuscitate) because her kidneys weren't functioning very well. They admitted her to ICU and started her on a saline drip along with antibiotics. I called my brothers, and David came to the hospital from The Woodlands. I checked on Mama around 10:30 and her pressure and oxygen levels were more stable. The nurse had given her a sponge bath and changed her gown and bed clothes because all were so sweaty. The nurse seemed more positive about Mama's condition so I am home for some rest. David, Michelle, and Beverly are staying to make sure Mama does okay. I will go back early and head back so they can have a break.

I am not ready to let Mama go, but know she has to be tired. It is in God's hands, as always.

hugs from a tired daughter.