Emotional Turmoil – Physical Exhaustion

The past few days were full of emotional turmoil.  I visited Mom, while she was at the hospital.  I saw her with oxygen tubes in her nose.  I saw her struggling to recover.  I worried about the prognosis and the seriousness of her medical conditions.  I knew she was suffering and I couldn’t do anything about it.

The emotional strain left me physically exhausted.  Each night I slept more than the night before, but I still woke up tired.  I tried not to focus on future possibilities and only deal with the daily issues.  However, I found my mind wondering into the unknowns of tomorrow.

My body and my brain seemed to be slowing down.  I would stare mindlessly into space and felt like there was an invisible force pushing against me, which prevented me from accomplishing as much as I should each day.

The emotional turmoil of the past few days caused physical exhaustion.  However, Mom is home now and I am hopeful that she will fully recover.

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Fearing the Worst

Last week, was a bit of an emotional roller coster for me.  It all started Friday morning, my mom was struggling to breath.  She was sitting in a chair and literally gasping for air.

I drove Mom to the ER and I was terrified that she might not make it.  I didn’t know what was wrong with her, but I knew she was in trouble.

We walked into the hospital and she was immediately taken to a room.  A team of nurses came in the room and started working.  They were asking questions, getting an IV started, hooking up an EKG machine, checking her blood pressure, and monitoring her oxygen levels.  Also, blood tests and an x-ray of her chest were performed in rapid succession.

The doctor came into the room and said Mom had fluid in her lungs, which caused her COPD to be exacerbated.  Mom was admitted to the hospital and given antibiotics, oxygen, steroids, diuretics, blood thinners, and a nebulizer.

The treatment regimen was successful and Mom’s breathing started to improve.  She is scheduled to come home today.  We are all excited to have her back, especially her little dog named Norton.