But, the start to the new year has been less than stellar. My dad is still hanging on – predicted not to make it through the week each and every week since around Thanksgiving, but still he hangs on. No cognitive interaction, barely awake each day for any amount of time and this week has been having problems swallowing and running temps on and off. So, we are again being told it is a matter of days.
It is exhausting dealing with the constant wait and anticipation – I can only imagine what it is like for my mom.
In addition, my mom has developed pretty severe internal bleeding from a tumor pressing in an area where it shouldn’t be and had to have an emergency blood transfusion on Tuesday and is now starting a round of radiation on Monday that will be five days a week for five weeks. It requires someone to drive her to appointments in a city about 10 miles away from the one she lives in (she hasn’t driven in a while). So a whole new set of transportation logistical requirements need to be figured out as well as starting over the caregiver process once my dad passes as she will not need the hospice, 24/7 care that he is receiving (very expensively).
In addition, Mackenzie tested positive for the flu on Tuesday (both strains) and went on Tamiflu, which seemed to beat the flu bug well. But, today she started having blood in her urine and lacked control of her bladder function so they think she has a Urinary Tract Infection – so a whole additional round of antibiotics starts today for her.
In addition, I have a big event I am hosting for work this weekend out of town, so we’re all having to pack up and go to a hotel for the weekend. And on Tuesday, school starts again for the spring semester.
Sigh. Sometimes I feel like my life is just a laundry list of health issues moving from one person to another to another and that if I were listening to myself tell this, I would think that I have to be exaggerating because no one could have that much stuff happening at once in their lives. I hope to be back here on a more regular basis (instead of just dropping in to vent).
We have a heart clinic appointment for Mackenzie next week on Wednesday and I will be dealing with my Dad’s end-of-life issues as well as my mom’s radiation and internal bleeding issues. So, there will be a lot to vent about, but hopefully I can find some positive things happening as well.
I hope all is well with all of you and I look forward to playing a bit of catch up with you all.
- One Hurdle at a Time (caregiving.com)
- Really, No Research Necessary (caregiving.com)
- So Far, What’s the Biggest Caregiving Problem You’ve Resolved? (caregiving.com)
- Death Rehearsal (caregiving.com)
- I’m Still Here (caregiving.com)
- My End-of-the-Year Report (caregiving.com)
- The Trifecta of Caregiving (caregiving.com)