"Mom continues to improve. She is wearing her glasses now, and attempting to read the paper. She and I did a crossword puzzle together last night. Big improvement over last week when she couldn't tell you what year it was! She is able to navigate to the bathroom with just the walker, unaided by people.
Turns out, the rehab center that Dad chose is not covered in his plan, so an alternate facility was chosen. She may not need the facility for long if she keeps progressing the way she is."
Just got this from my SIL:
"Mom is in a regular room now. She is able to walk with a walker (and someone with her), so she is getting stronger. Don't know when she will move to rehab center, but maybe it won't be a long stay. Things are looking up!"
My dear Mother-in-law is s-l-o-w-l-y doing better. Her urine, which was cranberry-colored, has returned to the normal color, and they have taken her out of ICU. She is g-r-a-d-u-a-l-l-y speaking more and returning to normal, but her kidney function has not returned yet.
She is, however, doing enough better that they have identified a well-reputed rehab center near Larry's sister's home, and anticipate transferring her there by the end of this week. So things are improving, by baby steps.
Keep looking up, please!
The latest word is that she was sitting up and feeding herself a little bit on Wednesday!!
Looks like MAYBE we have dodged the bullet until another day! Hallelujah! He hears our prayers, and sometimes what we want is actually what is best for us, it seems!
We are getting some disturbing emails from Larry's sister-in-law. It seems his mother has no energy, is not eating, and only gets out of bed to go to the bathroom, sleeping 24/7. She drank a little V-8 today.
Please pray that doctors can find a solution and turn things around for her. We're not ready to say good-bye (when are we ever?) but if her time is near, she is ready to go.
EDIT: We just got word that they have taken her to the hospital to see if anything can be done. Is selfish to want her to last just a couple more months so we can see her once more this side of the great divide? OK. I guess I'm ok with being selfish in this--as long as there is some quality of life - as long as she is really "there" to say goodbye to in a couple of months. AAARRRRGGGGHHHH. This is hard! Hmmmm. Maybe I'd better just leave it in His very capable and loving hands. Ya think???
EDIT #2: Her kidneys have failed. To my surprise, they are putting her on dialysis. This is different from my experience in the past. When my Grandfather's kidneys failed, it was advance notification that he only had days to live. This agressive treatment surprises me, but they must feel that she is still healthy in other ways, so it is worth a try. Still praying His will be done...