Aspirin, Baby

Denise

Aspirin, Baby

Denise
medications-342463_640My mom was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night for internal bleeding.

It's been all downhill since then until this afternoon when they were finally (cross your fingers as you knock on wood) able to stop the bleeding.

My dad, who takes baby aspirin, encouraged my mom about 10 days ago to start taking baby aspirin. The baby aspirin caused an ulcer in her small intestine, which the doctor confirmed yesterday. She had a colonoscopy on Monday, which did not go well. She aspirated during the procedure, which they stopped. They also inserted a breathing tube, which they did remove yesterday afternoon. She had the colonoscopy again on Tuesday (with another prep on Monday night) and the doctor located the bleeding and added a temporary fix. She continued to bleed through this morning (which meant she received another pint of blood--her seventh--this morning) so radiology did a procedure to block the blood vessel.

The procedure, which happened this afternoon, was successful--the doctor is 90% certain that the bleeding has permanently stopped. If the procedure was not successful, my mom's only option was surgery to remove part of her stomach. Because of baby aspirin.

Oh, my gosh, it's been a nightmare.

I have a meeting in Washington, DC, tomorrow. I did leave this afternoon and am now in my hotel. I wasn't sure if I should go until this morning. My siblings encouraged me to go and to stay through Friday; I had added an extra day on my trip for sight-seeing. My sister said this afternoon, "Stay and enjoy yourself. You'll have plenty to do when you get home."

I did change my dad's ostomy bag on Sunday and again this morning so he's set. I did laundry for him last night and harassed his doctor about refilling his meds this morning. My siblings have a schedule in place to be with my mom and to help my dad.

My mom did comb her hair this morning and put on lipstick so she looked good for the radiologist. I spoke with her a few minutes ago and her spirits are much better now that the procedure is over and successful.

I'll share more about these past few days soon. I am so grateful for your prayers and good wishes. They kept me going!