Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Just Checking In

This is where I'd rather be . . .


But this is where I've been . . .

My mother-in-law just got moved out of critical care last night and what a week it has been. She had a heart attack last Wednesday and things pretty much got progressively worse from there. Why is it that the minute you get into a hospital bed, things just spiral? She wound up in kidney failure - a result of the dye from the cardiac catheterization, most likely. Heavy doses of fluids would help with many, but with the multitude of cardiac and pulmonary issues my MIL has, she had congestive heart failure. Okay, so a little of this, a little of that . . . steroids to strengthen her lungs gave her an incredible rash, she also wound up with thrush and best of all - massive confusion, which led to another whole series of "stuff". But, she started rolling her eyes and tapping her fingers last night, so that's a good sign.

We're moving along . . . slowly . . . and I truly miss my life. Does that sound selfish? Okay, I'm being selfish right now. I do not like being on constant overdrive. Years ago, I thrived on that lifestyle. Not any more. One of my biggest pet peeves is negativity, so I'm not going to moan any longer. Just want to say I miss you all!



10 comments:

Connie said...

I'm home again and feeling tired. Had almost 400 posts to catch up on when we got back from Calif. Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law but it's sounding pretty good for her. Give Rachel smooches,
xoxo,
Connie

Mare said...

Sorry to hear about your MIL's medical problems. I can totally, totally relate to wondering where your regular life went since mine changed dramatically when my mom had a stroke in April of '07. Hang in there. It kind of makes the phrase...'There's no place like home' have new meaning.

Jo, a retired teacher said...

I think many of us understand the stresses you're feeling. My dad (who had rheumatoid arthritis, but not much pain) went from necessary back surgery, to detached retina and repair, to severe joint pain (then steroids), and then to leukemia and death--all in a matter of months. One thing does lead to another and with the medications it's just more complicated.

Sorry, I don't mean to be a downer. I just understand how helpless you feel. I'm sending good wishes and positive karma your way.

Jayme said...

Oh Joyce, I'm sorry you've had so much to deal with. It does tend to wear you down, doesn't it? I'm glad you've got a place to vent - it's O.K. to let it out here. You always bring us pretty pictures and happy things about wonderful, beautiful Rachel to offset any serious stuff. We can take it! Thanks for coming by "my place" to ease my sorry soul. I appreciate it.

Kay said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Mother-in-Law, Joyce. My thoughts are with you. I do know what a scary time this is for you all. Try to get a break for yourself in between to de-stress.

KeKe said...

Sorry to hear about your MIL. I'm her the best & positive energy!!!!
Hang in there and try to find some time for you. You don't want to crash & burn.

KeKe said...

I meant to say, I'm wishing her the best and sending her positive energy....I type slower than I think.

Joy said...

{{hugs to you Joyce}}

myaliasgigi said...

Your doing a Great thing by being there for MIL..Just know that doing this will give you a free ticket to Heaven..I'm Sure. I wished Rachel luck on her upcoming meet, so GO RACHEL!

Gratitude Gal said...

Go, Rachel, Go!!!!