Medical update – 090709

It’s been a long day.  The first call from Wagon Wheel Ranch came at 8am.

Mom had fallen out of bed.  She didn’t have far to fall because Elizabeth and I got her as close to the floor as possible with new mattress and box spring purchases last year.  Nevertheless, she fell.  Nursing staff found her, checked her over and no new injuries were discovered; but I was called.

A couple of hours later, another call: Mom was talking incoherently.  Freaked Pop out.  WWR nurses told her she needed to go to the hospital.  She somehow managed to say that she’d only go if George took her.  And so it was.  George, Sally and Pop spent the better part of the day at Wesley Long Hospital.

After stabilizing her, they did a brain scan to look for signs of another stroke.  Mom got sick on the way to the test.  Scan results are unknown to us as yet.  A number of additional tests revealed a Urinary Tract Infection.  Massive amounts of blood, mucus and protein were in a place they didn’t belong.  Doctors say that Mom may be one of those people who gets UTI’s frequently, and she may, therefore, be treated with an special antibiotic every day forever.  If this is the case, it’s a bad thing.

Mom has been admitted to WLH.  Room number is not yet known.  Don’t try to call, though.  Pop returned to WWR early this evening, and George & Sally just got home.  They’re exhausted.

Tomorrow, doctors plan to do a CT scan of Mom’s stomach and intestinal tract to see what they can see.  She is still scheduled to see an orthopedic surgeon for her fractured left elbow on Thursday.  And here’s a new development: she can’t see well.  This may have something to do with her slip and fall the other day.  It could be caused by the UTI et al., or she may need to visit an ophthalmologist.

Obviously, too many things are going on now and I’m going to Greensboro.  The only good deal I could get on such short notice is direct from MSP to IAD (Dulles).  Then I drive to G’boro arriving before dinner time on Tuesday.  My e-mails come directly to my smartphone, and I also text.  I’ll be in the air from about 8am EDT to 10:30am EDT.

We’ve been through this UTI thing before, so in a strange way, I think things may turn out okay.  Still, it’s pretty serious and worthy of our concern.  I’ll keep you posted, as always.

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