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Blogging update

I know I’ve not posted in quite awhile about quilting. Life events are keeping me busy. I’ve been working at getting my diabetes under control and babysitting and spending a lot of time with my mother. It bothers me when I follow a blog and for whatever reason they just stop posting. It leaves the reader wondering what happened. So this post is to let the few remaining readers know I’m still alive and doing ok for now.

Diabetes and poverty had wrecked havoc on my teeth. Within a year my teeth went from semi-healthy to broken and decayed. Dental care is not covered by medicare and I didn’t have the funds to go to a dentist regularly. Now its too late.

Last Monday I had all my top teeth removed. There was nothing left to be saved. I was scheduled to have the bottom ones removed too but I had a reaction and a resulting panic attack before the dentist could start on the bottom. It was a horrible experience. I’m scheduled to get the rest pulled tomorrow. Thank goodness I won’t have to go through that experience ever again after tomorrow is over.

On Tuesday my mother was found unresponsive with a very low blood pressure, a temperature of 84 and barely breathing. She was sent to the hospital where she was put in a warming blanket and given medication to bring up her blood pressure. By Thursday she was doing much better but apparently couldn’t eat. Well yeah. She’s just gone through hell and you want her to have a healthy appetite?

I don’t believe the hospital has any experience with feeding almost bed ridden patients. The doctor wanted to put a feeding tube in her but she couldn’t tolerate the anesthesia so they had to stop the procedure. Next they wanted to put a tube down her nose but I said no. I know my mother would have pulled it out the first chance she got.

So the doctor recommends putting her on palliative care…. again. This means no medication and no food until she dies. Basically its to starve her to death. So she’s been sent back to the nursing home to wait to die. Well heck, isn’t that what nursing homes do? Care for those who are too sick to care for themselves until the end comes.

My mother has been through this same thing twice before and done just fine after getting her medically stable and back to her normal routine. When I saw her last night she was alert, talking, and seemed to be fine again. I came home to get some sleep and make phone calls. And get myself ready for the dentist tomorrow.

I don’t know how things will be over the next several days so I’m taking a longer blogging break. Sorry for the long absence. I really don’t want to have the pressure to post something or to answer comments when so much is happening.

9 comments on “Blogging update

  1. Clara
    March 7, 2016

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  2. debmoyes
    March 7, 2016

    Oh dear! So sorry for all the bad health news… You take care of yourself!

  3. Linda
    February 26, 2016

    I thought I had already responded to this but apparently not. I hope your mom is ok. I have cared for four elderly people and even though it can be exhausting, it’s painful to lose them. I hope you don’t have to go through that right now. And your teeth! Oh my! I hope you are over the worst of it and haven’t had any more panic attacks. You are such a strong and intelligent person, so it saddens me for you to be overcome by this. I really hope you are ok.

  4. Theresa
    February 21, 2016

    Don’t worry about us, just take good care of yourself and hopefully things will come out okay soon.

  5. Linda
    February 21, 2016

    It was good to hear from you, even though you have been having trouble. I have so much respect for you and think of you often. I don’t pray, but I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and try to send goodness and happiness and peace to you and your mom.

  6. jennyskip
    February 21, 2016

    been thinking about you. Hoping and praying for the best outcome for you and your mother.

  7. Darlene
    February 21, 2016

    Good luck at the dentist. I’ve had all my teeth pulled and I didn’t have any problems. I had my dentures put in and except for a couple of adjustments on the bottom I’m doing good. That was about 8 yrs ago so now I need to get the bottoms relined. Stay calm and you will do great. Sorry to hear that your mother isn’t doing well.

  8. Bev Weis
    February 21, 2016

    Anita, sorry to read about your mom’s condition and your dental experience.
    I do wish you both the best. No doubt you’ll be glad to get your dental procedure
    over with tomorrow. Take care of yourself as we all need to do.

  9. Linda in NE
    February 21, 2016

    Sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now. Don’t worry about us blog readers, just take care of what you need to.

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