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...And now I need a day off

I visited mom in ICU yesterday morning and found her alert and asking to get caught up on the events of past week, both personal, family, and at her church conference, which was held over the weekend. I'm pushing fifty, but was joyfully thinking, "It's my mommy!" She's been so out of it up to now and unable to talk when she wasn't.

I came back after work and she was gone. They'd moved her back up to progressive care again without informing me. But it didn't take long to track her down. Here's hoping she's off the ICU-progressive care yo-yo and on the high road to the rehab facility.

No PT or early-morning mom visits this AM. So I plugged a bit on Nano.

23501 / 25000 words. 94% done!


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Apr. 25th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
Great news! I'm so glad she is on the road to mending, and hope she continues to get better.
Apr. 25th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, N.
Apr. 25th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
Glad your mother was so much more alert. I know exactly how you felt.

I do wish hospitals wouldn't move patients without telling their relatives!
Apr. 25th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
They called me right away when she was moving from progressive care back down to ICU on Tuesday. "Not serious," they said, "Just wanted to keep you informed."

*Very* disconcerting to go visit her in ICU and see the room empty. Although I suppose if something really bad had happened, her bed still would have been there.
Apr. 25th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Good news! Though disconcerting on the moves. And yay for plugging!
Apr. 25th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
"Plugging"'s a good word for it, because I am exhausted and it's work. The best kind of work, but work.
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Apr. 25th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
I am going to try to post a few more snippets, but I think I will wait until after April is over and I have time to look through them.

My mom found her cell phone and called me today. That's progress.
Apr. 25th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. They are experts are moving people around like that. You've got to have a sturdy heart or else the sight of an empty bed does weird things to you!

So glad things are looking up!
Apr. 25th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
The bed was gone. They were going to try to take her up in the same bed so the transition wouldn't be so hard on her. Then they decided once they got her upstairs she needed an air mattress for comfort. Go figure.
Apr. 26th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad your mom's doing better! I hope she continues to make progress & can go home soon.

Y'know, I've found hospital personnel often just don't think of what effect their actions will have on patients & their families (aside from the straight-out medical effects). Things that seem like they should be obvious. Sorry this one caused you some disconcerted moments. [[hugs]]
Apr. 26th, 2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Mom will be going into a rehabilitation hospital after she is released from here, as she has limited mobility and they will want to continue monitoring her for post-op infections for a while.
Apr. 27th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
Good to hear that she's making progress. Sending thoughts your way.
Apr. 27th, 2013 12:08 pm (UTC)
Apr. 27th, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
Very glad to hear that your mom is better. I know how disconcerting it can be for families when their loved ones get transferred out of ICU without their knowledge; but at least transferring out is better than the other way round!
Apr. 27th, 2013 12:03 pm (UTC)
She has been on a yo-yo. She liked ICU better because it was quieter and she got more attention when she wanted it. Progressive care is a zoo in comparison--noisy, people coming and going, she has to share a room and it's cramped. "They keep tell me this is better!" she snarled.

Well, it *is* better, mom, to be out of ICU. It means you're recovering. But hopefully that will continue and you can have a private room that looks like a hotel room in the rehab facility.
Apr. 28th, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
Often people have sort of separation anxiety when they leave ICU, because they feel safe with all the one to one attention, and it's a difficult transition to the less intense wards. Hope she gets to rehab soon.
Apr. 28th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
Actually, my mom liked ICU better because it was so quiet and peaceful compared to the progressive ward, which is a chaotic zoo of people coming and going and noisy roommates and cluttered, cramped rooms.
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