Thursday, May 31, 2007

She Hasn't Got The 'Guts' To Stay At Home

Dad called me at work yesterday to say that Mum's back in hospital.

I know he was finding it as hard to cope with as me because he said;
'Hi Ali, it's John'
'Hi John, you sound exactly like my Dad, only sadder and more strained'.

Apparently whatever it is that was wrong in the first place is back. 'Whatever it is' being a medical term I suppose, because it seems to be said a lot these days.

I imagine this answers the question of 'what would you do if you were over six thousand miles away and someone you loved was rushed to hospital.'

I am glad it first happened while we were back home, because now I know that I'd be pretty useless if I were to be there. Those horrid first days of my Mum being in so much pain and saying 'I'd like you all to leave now please'. The only thing I could constructively do was cook for my Dad, and after two meals I exhausted my culinary capabilities anyway. I made 'the salmon thing' and 'the chicken thing'.

She's back in the same ward, so it helps that I can visualize her there. I am toying with the idea of being useless and physically present though. She will get the results of more tests back today, and that'll help me decide.

Keep thinking good thoughts and sticking crystals in all available orifices, (orifi?) - Mrs. K.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I am so sorry. We'll keep sending positive thoughts across the pond and I'm sure she'll pull through just fine - guts and all. Chilly

Mrs. Kennedy said...

You'll know if it's time to go back, and you'll go. Simple. We'll keep our chins up over here for you.

Anonymous said...

You are in a tough spot here. They need "House" on this one! ~Coke

Fresh Hell said...

My thoughts are with you and your mum, Senorita. Mrs. Kennedy is right, you'll know what you need to do and when. xo

AliBlahBlah said...

Thankyou all you lovely people. Update is that she'll be having surgery tomorrow and is currently getting rid of trapped intestinal gas via a tube from her stomach out through her nose. Good times.

Thankyou also for the support re staying or going. I agree I think I'll know. Unless I start thinking about that 12 hr flight of course...

It'sgrimupnorth said...

Hey Mrs K

From those on the ground the reports are pretty good. I'm not entirely sure that the nose is the easiest place to put a tube to release intestinal gas? However it's probably more comfortable than the other option!!
Mum was about as chipper as anybody could be with a tube up their nose awaiting an operation. In fact, tube aside, she looked quite well. And the yellow shadows have gone down a treat.
Hope it's raining there too.
Me x

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