Thursday, April 24, 2008
Dear readers, thank you so much for your care, concern, and prayers for my grandmother and our family. I wanted to pop in for a quick update. She is currently in stable condition in ICU and we are waiting for the results on tests. They think she may have had a stroke, she seems to be very confused right now and her speech is slightly slurred. Her enzyme levels are elevated indicating that her heart is in stress. She is having difficult moving her legs. She has an infection in her body and a rattle in her lungs.
She had such an ordeal the morning she was found that it is no wonder she is confused. Evidently she fell or had the stroke sometime Monday night and she lay on the floor between her sofa and coffee table all night. When she didn't answer her phone, my aunt went to check on her and found her. She was disoriented and unable to stand. An ambulance picked her up and transported her to a hospital about forty five minutes from her home. Believe it or not she was treated and released! They said they thought she had elevated blood pressure and should check with her doctor upon returning home.
Totally dismayed my aunt and uncle took her home, called her home health care nurse and her doctor, both of whom examined her and said she needed immediate hospitalization. Another ambulance was called and she was transported to a different hospital in the town where my aunt and uncle live. Their doctor examined her and determined that she needed to be in a larger facility that had a heart unit, so once again she was transported further north where she is finally receiving care.
It has been determined that she will be unable to return to living alone and the news has not been broken to her yet. The doctors said with all her health issues that she is going to need constant medical care and my mother and aunts have come to the heartbreaking decision to check into nursing homes. She has always been a very strong and independent woman and at 86 years old she is set in her ways. Please continue to pray for her and her acceptance of new living arrangements. Also, please pray for my mother and aunts as this is a very difficult decision for them to make.
Thank you for the prayer support,