The 10%

Denise

The 10%

Denise
hospital-661274_640When the radiologist stopped my mom's internal bleeding on Wednesday afternoon, he said he was 90% certain he stopped the bleeding permanently.

The 10% showed up fairly quickly. My mom needed more blood on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. She had a nuclear scan on Thursday morning which showed the bleeding continued. She had emergency surgery yesterday afternoon. The surgeon removed 1/3 of her stomach and 2 inches of the duodenum during the 3 1/2 hour surgery. Unfortunately, they surgeon was not completely confident that the surgery was successful, so we have to wait and watch.

So far, she is no longer bleeding and has stabilized.

As you know, I left Wednesday afternoon for a meeting in Washington, D.C. yesterday. I am soooo glad I went to the meeting, which became a terrific discussion about how to help family caregivers. (I'll write more this weekend.) As the meeting ended, I received a text from my sister that my mom had headed into surgery. I was able to change my flight and return home last night.

Before I boarded the flight, my sister sent a text that the surgery was over and my mom was okay.

On the plane ride home, I read The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living by Ira Byock, one of our book club picks from a few years ago. I purchased the eBook so had it on my iPad, which turned out to be a huge blessing. I think I will take some time to put books which bring me comfort on my iPad so I can read them as many times as I need.

Thanks again so much to all of you for checking in and for your prayers. And, thank so much for keeping everything moving along here! I haven't been able to be here as much as usual so I appreciate that you all keep it all together.