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::Looks around:: Is it June yet? Oh, good. May was just...exhausting. I took the MasqMom in for hip surgery early on the morning of the 4th (no, the other hip). Her surgery went as expected, and the plan was that she would stay at the hospital for three days, then go to a rehab place for a week. The transfer occurred on schedule, and then I spent the next few days running over to her place to bring her things--her mail, moar books!1!, clean clothes, and hauling away already-read books and dirty laundry to wash at home. I also let her use my laptop to check her email and bank accounts. And she drowned her cell phone with a glass of water, so I had to get her a new one, complete with a new smart chip that had to be programmed with her old information.

Then Mom started getting sick, mostly with the yakking. She had responded poorly to morphine and anesthetic after her previous surgery, but it had been days since she'd had either this time around, so this was a bit puzzling. And as long as she wasn't feeling well, she wasn't up to physical therapy. So the physical therapist wanted her to stay an additional week to do that work. Which ended up being semi-pointless, as my mom just wasn't feeling any better.

She was scheduled to check out Saturday the 15th, but that became Saturday the 22nd. She had rented a special hospital bed, and I spent time getting everything set up so she could convalesce at home. She was also set up to have home health workers come by to help her with difficult tasks and do her physical therapy with her.

The rehab place got back to her with test results they'd been doing from earlier in the week and informed her she had a urinary tract infection--apparently something that could not be medicated with oral antibiotics, but required an IV. So Mom turned right back around and checked into the hospital again. I thought it was a bit strange she needed hospitalization for a minor infection, but then she blithely mentioned to me a day into the treatment that her infection was caused by e. coli.

What? Where did she pick *that* up? Well, between hospitals and rehab facilities, we can only guess.

Suffice it to say she was in the hospital again for several days, and got discharged yesterday. She is still wearing a pic line for continued antibiotics, and I guess her "physical therapy" now consists of just trying to get on with her daily life, with a short daily visit by the home health folks.

Oy and oy.

Oh yes, and on top of all this, my May also consisted of finishing my library cabinet doors and crown molding, a task I've been putting off for two years, attending the art opening of the Sculptor, who was showing on Roosevelt Row this month, and dealing with the annual fritzing of my laptop computer keyboard, which once again had to be replaced in its entirety.

My big plan for June is to relax already. If that's actually possible. I need to clean my house from top to bottom in preparation for midnightsjane and anomster's arrivals. But what really complicates the relaxation plans is the fact that I just don't know how to lie around doing nothing. I'm incapable of it. I spent most of the hours over my Memorial Day weekend that I wasn't helping Mom, painting the trim in my bathroom. For real. What?

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mamculuna
Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
So sorry about your mom! That sounds like a hellacious month for her. Lucky she had you to help out. I hope she recovers completely, and soon.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Truly.
Truly.
And, truly!
graffitiandsara
Jun. 2nd, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
I really hope your mom is feeling better soon! She sounds like a real trooper!
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Well, it was either "troop" or "trip". Hopefully, the worst is behind us....

; )
dlgood
Jun. 3rd, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Oy! Best wishes for a more mellow June. Perhaps my tremendous "lie around doing nothing" skills will rub off on you...
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 3rd, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Maybe you have some pointers?
dlgood
Jun. 3rd, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
I'll put together a list. When I get around to it...
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
Hee!
chaos_by_design
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
I'd be willing to exchange some of your ability to actually accomplish things for a healthy portion of my prodigious ability to lie around doing nothing.

*hugs* Sounds like some rough times, there.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
Do you really do ::nothing::?

I recall you posting about your inability to watch TV and not *do* something else, like knit, or whatever.
chaos_by_design
Jun. 3rd, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Lying in bed and spending as much of the day as possible sleeping counts as doing nothing, right?

I can watch anime and do nothing, because I have to read the subtitles.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 3rd, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
This is why I don't watch anything that actually requires me to not take my eyes off the television screen. Because I can't do anything else at the same time.

LOL.
midnightsjane
Jun. 3rd, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
Best wishes to your mom for a speedy recovery.
Don't go wearing yourself out cleaning on my account,eh? I'm coming for the company, not home inspection, LOL.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 3rd, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
I always use visitors as an excuse to do things I've been meaning to do but never get to, LOL.
ann1962
Jun. 3rd, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
May was just...exhausting.

I used to look so forward to May, and now not so much.

I wish your mom continued recovery. Take care of yourself too.
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 3rd, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
May of last year wasn't so bad. May of 2008 was the very worst ever. My dad was the one in the hospital that May. And he almost died then, if it weren't for an extraordinary set of circumstances. There was an awful few days when we thought he would. And on top of that, work was a bear and I was getting my kitchen demo'd and remodeled.

I should have more stamina for a mere hip-replacement-plus-infection!
anomster
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Sounds like one hell of a month! For you & your mom both. I hope she recovers well & doesn't need any more med procedures for a long time.

Hey, don't use me as an excuse for cleaning either! Better you should work on relaxing. (If you thought of it as something to work on, would that help any?) @>)
masqthephlsphr
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
There are a few things that need cleaning....
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