Saturday, October 27, 2007

My mom is in the hospital

Hi everyone, I'm sorry I haven't posted in the last few days, my mom fell in her assisted living apartment and broke her hip. She wound up being transferred to a hospital about an hour away from where we live, and they were possibly going to do surgery last night, then they were going to do it first thing this morning, then "sometime today" and they still haven't done it and I still have no idea what is going on. I've never known anyone who broke their hip, so I don't know how frustrated I should be--it could be that waiting a couple of days for surgery can be a normal thing....but it seems like it's taking so long!!!!

My mom is 78 and in reasonably good health. She had a few episodes of confusion and has been diagnosed with some mild dementia, so two years ago she moved to the assisted living facility which is only 4 miles from my house.

She likes it a lot, she says it's just like having her own house, except with some help. She's really done well there, except for a heart attack that she had last November. She has her cat, Thor, and probably the only complaint (and she doesn't voice it, I just know) she has is that with all this bipolar stuff going on with DH, I haven't had as much time to spend with her, and for that I do feel really bad. I know she gets lonely, although she does talk with the other residents, its not the same as me coming over, or taking her for a ride or going to Dairy Queen (one of her favorite things). She knows some of what's been going on, because I wanted her to understand that I wasn't just ignoring her, but sometimes I still feel really bad. Right now is one of those times, because I am working and not at the hospital with her. I keep telling myself that she is resting, they are giving her morphine and other pain killers as she lays there waiting for her surgery....ok, maybe my frustration is showing, I hate seeing her in so much pain and, I'm not a doctor, so I don't know if they're being reasonable or not.