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Mom [Sep. 12th, 2012|04:20 pm]
Sunday I was sitting in my car on the shoulder of I-70, sobbing as my sister told me that Mom had been intubated, was unconscious, and I was probably never going to talk to my mother again.

Yesterday evening, Mom called me to say hi. The morning nurse asked her how she'd lived through Sunday night. Mom said the power of faith and of family and friends. Thank you all for your prayers.

She's out of ICU, completely compos mentis, and feeling much better. The doctors said she had fluid in the pericardial sac, and pneumonia, and that combined with her ongoing kidney problems just set off an acidosis episode throughout her system.


Perhaps my friends in the medical profession can let me know if my skepticism is warranted. And none of this explains why it stopped and she stabilized. But I am choosing to be grateful for her recovery.

And even as I am, my heart goes out to suzieboz and her family. She lost her dad early this morning, after a long battle with cancer. I feel keenly the grief that I just barely escaped. I love you, Sis.

[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2012-09-12 08:39 pm (UTC)
hooray for your Mom, who lives to fight another day.

And so sorry for suzieboz. In grief we are all related.
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[User Picture]From: cuneiforms
2012-09-12 08:56 pm (UTC)
I am so so glad your mom is doing better. I can imagine how good it must have been to hear her voice!
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2012-09-12 08:59 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear your mom is better.

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[User Picture]From: naamah_darling
2012-09-12 09:10 pm (UTC)
*hugs tightly*

I am so glad she pulled through.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2012-09-12 09:22 pm (UTC)
You have had a really stressful year. * here is one free hug, or comfort food of your choice* I'm really hoping things get less stressful around your home.
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2012-09-12 10:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm so glad she's doing better. And I'm very saddened to hear about Suzie's dad this morning via her FB post. I didn't realize he was battling cancer, just that he was sick.
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[User Picture]From: noevilliveon
2012-09-12 11:51 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be overly skeptical. Sometimes, when things get out of balance like that, the body just needs the extra support of ventilation/oxygen, some assisting medication, etc. Then it can be more efficient at repairing itself. Particularly in the case of fluid excesses and lung difficulties. Pneumonia especially is a LOT easier for the body to regulate if proper medical support is provided. And once the lungs start to recover and resorb the fluid, acidosis reverses.

I see this kind of thing in the patients I care for sometimes- They'll be acidotic, fluid overloaded, have respiratory issues, and be a catatonic lump that we can't get to stand up or eat. But some time on a respirator, proper medication (especially aggressive diuretics), and the ability for the body to completely focus on recovery instead of paying attention to the rest of normal fuction... And a day or two later they're starting to get up and move and respond normally.

Granted, my patients aren't human, but cardiac/respiratory ICU type situations really aren't significantly different between humans and other large mammals.
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2012-09-13 11:36 am (UTC)
I was nodding along and nodding along until we got to the "granted my patients aren't human" line. LOL!!

Still, zoethe, here's the scoop on why your skepticism isn't warranted. Because sometimes Sh*t Happens (tm) -- with no notice, with no warning, but with skillful management sometimes lives ~can~ be saved and people ~can~ be returned to baseline. Not every case, not every time -- but it sure is nice when it happens, isn't it?? Enjoy your Mom.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2012-09-13 12:18 am (UTC)
Saw snatches of your posts as I was on the road. I'm so happy for you.
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[User Picture]From: pachamama
2012-09-13 06:23 am (UTC)
I'm so so pleased to hear she pulled through so well. What a relief for you.
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[User Picture]From: walkertxkitty
2012-09-13 10:13 am (UTC)
YES YES YES! So glad this turned out as I had hoped it would.

As for answers...sometimes there are none. My Ma was brought in with a GI bleed and a blood pressure of only 50/30. Amazingly enough she was still conscious and talking to the doctors. We went through about two weeks of cascading fail (ending with pneumonia and intubation) until she miraculously stabilized and got sent to rehab. A week later, she was home.

They still can't explain what caused the bleed or why she's still alive. I don't ask, I just feel happy that I can still talk to her.

My condolences to your friend. I hope it was a relatively painless passing and that the family has lots of support and comfort.
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[User Picture]From: jesskastar
2012-09-13 01:02 pm (UTC)
Great news! That call must have been slightly surreal in a good way.

My condolences to suzieboz.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2012-09-13 03:39 pm (UTC)
i always offer up my Thomas as 'proof that prayer works'. i tell him all the time he's got one hard-working guardian angel.
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[User Picture]From: sylphon
2012-09-13 03:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad your mom is doing better, she's been on my mind.

I am so sorry for suzieboz's loss though, it is a grief we can all relate to and share, but never ameliorate.
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[User Picture]From: lawchicky
2012-09-13 05:53 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to read this happy news!

I understand being skeptical, but my grandfather had a very similar situation a couple of years ago, being intubated with pneumonia. We were all ready for him to die, and he was awake and alert 48 hours later wondering why we were all so surprised.
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[User Picture]From: dandelion_diva
2012-09-13 07:34 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to read this. Good thoughts continuing.
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[User Picture]From: coeli
2012-09-13 08:16 pm (UTC)
*HUGS* I'm so happy for you!
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[User Picture]From: elf_fu
2012-09-14 09:17 am (UTC)
I am both horrified that I have been away from LJ so long to have missed this--and very, very glad your mother is recovering. All of my sympathies and care for you and your mum.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2012-11-27 01:06 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm happy your mom pulled through.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-27 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. She's doing great now.
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