Monthly Archives: July 2008

July 28, 2008–poor prognosis

The last time Mother was communicative was Wednesday, July 23.  Now, sometimes she will respond to a question, sometimes not.  I read her birthday cards to her, and she occasionally will react to a poignant message or a signature she … Continue reading

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July 19, 2008–93d birthday

Mother’s party went well Saturday, though it was not a particularly good day for her.  I invited the entire nursing home staff, so in addition to the nine guests, there was a steady stream of well wishers.  She enjoyed lots … Continue reading

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July 15, 2008–hoping she’ll make it

Brief update.  For two days her thought processes have moved in slow motion.  She answers clearly, but it takes a while, and she is frequently at a loss for words.  We have been making a tape, and I stop it … Continue reading

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July 12, 2008–4 units of blood

Okay, everyone exhale—for the moment. Turns out my information was partially correct.  Or rather, correct, but incomplete.  Here is the latest, though I have been unable to contact her Hospice nurse this morning to confirm my understanding. She has had … Continue reading

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July 9, 2008–internal bleeding

Monday night about 11 p.m. Mother had a significant episode of internal bleeding.  There was some spotting twelve hours later, but none since.  Her hemoglobin is radically low–4.1 on a scale when normal is 12 – 16. As a Hospice … Continue reading

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July 7, 2008–not doing well

Mother has been at Athens Heritage Nursing Home for a week now.  Thank goodness her Hospice nurse, Linda, still oversees her care—she is the one constant in these last few weeks of change.  Not being given information and not knowing whom … Continue reading

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July 1, 2008–nursing home

The pain Mother felt last week in her ankles and legs is diffuse and non-specific.  Sometimes it’s in her abdomen, sometimes her back, sometimes it just—is.  She hasn’t complained about her legs and ankles in several days. I understand that … Continue reading

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