Friday, January 21, 2011

mom update

I'm sitting next to my mom, where I've been all day (grading papers!) while it snows and snows and snows out there.  A snowday today was a great gift in the midst of all of this.

The good news is that she looks great, her color is back today, and she has been up a few times with minimal dizziness.  We walked the halls together to check out the snow storm that is raging outside.  She is unimpressed with the hospital food, but other than that, she's getting great care and considering the 5 hours of anesthesia and major surgery, she's doing great.

She's hoarse from the breathing tube, but pain is undercontrol and she had no nausea which is amazing.   She said she feels like she got hit by a truck, to which Dr. Clarke responded:  "Yeah, I was driving that truck."
looking pretty damn good.
She has even been funny:
"How do they take the brocolli flavor out of brocolli?"
"Dr. Clarke will keep us abreast of the situation"  (no pun intended).

I'm going to brave the snowy roads and head home in a bit so she gets some sleep.   We think she may stay here tomorrow night too and then we'll be at her house.

She has read every comment and every email and feels very loved.  Much love to all of you!

13 comments:

ann said...

Great news! Can't wait to get there and help take care of her. So sorry, however, that I will miss Liesel by two days. Give her hugs for me!

Carly said...
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Carly said...

Ugh, I can't spell. Let's try this again...
Glad to hear that she is recovering well!

Nitsirk said...

So glad she is doing well. She has a fantastic support system.

Laura said...

Hooray! Your mom looks great. I'm glad to hear it went as well as it could have.

Jodi said...

Your mom is amazing! Here's to a very very healthy healing journey.

Karen said...

Look at that smile! She really is an amazing woman. You are so lucky to have her for a Mom! Sending thoughts for healing....

Helen said...

The love and connection between you and your mom shines through your entries. Thank you for your updates. Sending love and support from Michigan, H& N

Mary IronMatron said...

So glad she is doing well!

Kristin said...

So happy to see those smiles and read that things are going well!

kristip77 said...

We don't know each other, but I have read your blog for several months now, drawn originally by a shared love of running and further propelled by such common ground as motherhood, marriage, love of good food, and more...Let me say this, your most recent chapter has prompted me to write, to express deep compassion for this trial. My prayers are with your mom. I don't say that lightly. I actually mean that every morning I will be praying for your mother. I like this poem, and thought you may enjoy it also.

Sometimes
by Sheenagh Pugh

Sometimes things don't go, after all, from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail, sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

A people sometimes will step back from war; elect an honest man; decide they care enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow that seemed hard frozen; may it happen for you.


Isn't that lovely? Your mom looks so much like you, you know?! She looks like the surgery went great, and it sounds like everything is headed in the right direction. May it happen for you.

Kristi Potter

Michelle said...

Beth you look amazing! I'm so glad things are going well so far and I pray that they continue to do so. I shared with my Mom what you are going through and she told me to give you her best and that she is so sorry that you have to face this.

Warm hugs for these cold snowy days from all of us!!

Pattie said...

Aww, your mom is a plucky bird!