Monday, March 7, 2011

Mom has a good day and we split up the visits

God bless my niece!  She's visits my Mom every day before she heads to work.  I can't be there during the week so I know that either of my nieces or my sister in law are the next best thing for Mom.   It helps SO much that one niece is a veteran nurse (25 years) and the other is a nurse in training.  When the weekend rolls around and I get to town, I'll take over momma-duty so my niece can have a break.  

Today my niece gave me a good report on Mom: she woke up hungry and ate 75% of her lunch.  She's asking what happened and how she can get better.  The physical therapists helped Mom to the commode and into a chair.  She was in the chair for 1.5 hours and the nurses told my niece that she was pretty uncomfortable for the last 45 minutes, laying on the call button - but they let her sit there because it's part of her therapy.   It's a good thing that I wasn't there because I'd have put her back to bed myself.  I hate that she's hurting but I'm thankful her appetite is back.  For her to stop eating and drinking enough now would surely be the end of her.

For the first time since I heard that Mom was being transported to the ER, I'm a little hopeful - hopeful but guarded.  I don't expect anything as far as she's concerned.  I will say that I'm so thankful for my family - brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins - they've all called and visited to show support.  We help each other when we need it - that alone would make my mom happy and proud.