Sunday, April 15, 2007

Brain Surgery, Day Four

It's very late, and I have the "first shift" at the hospital tomorrow, so I should be long asleep, but I wanted to say that my mother is doing much, much better today. Her bad eye has opened a crack, and she can see out of it some-thanks to the best eye surgeon the hospital has, who just happened to be passing through, 20 minutes before she was rolled into surgery. He made it joint surgery immediately.

She had her glasses on and hearing aide in when I got there, mid-afternoon-Allison had the first shift today. Luke and Mary arrived shortly afterwards, so I left to give them some time alone with her. When I returned an hour later she was up and sitting in her chair, having walked around her room with one of the physical therapists.

Tomorrow, if she continues to improve, the powers that be will take out at least one of her IV's, and her catheter, and maybe even move her off the floor to a regular med/surge hall. She still gets confused a bit-a while after the nurse told her that tomorrow shed would be able to use the toilet, heavily stressing only with a nurse helping. Twenty minutes later she told me she could go to the bathroom alone tomorrow, only to have all of us, Luke, Mary, and me leap down her throat with a chorus of NO's. Oh yes, she said, now I remember.

But she was joking about what hair style she'd have to have for Catherine's wedding two minutes later, as I carefully combed some of the blood out of her hair. We had her laughing uproariously with a bunch of silly suggestions.

It is almost impossible to believe this is happening so fast when four days ago we thought she would die of a brain clot or the surgery to relieve it.

As for my father, I recognize how scared he is of strong women who stand up for themselves against him. It doesn't happen often to him, and he was quite shaken by my strong and immediate response. Today he has reverted to type, acting as if the whole thing never happened. I can guarantee that I will not ostrich it away in my life, but I need time and space to look at the whole experience-and the dynamics which still can engulf me all too quickly if I do not work to stay focused, clear and open to Spirit.

My mother love him, without really understanding what she has missed by staying with him, and she has grown more slowly than Catherine and I have, but she has changed and is more able to take him on when it is important to her. (Margo and I are going to Taos: you'll be on your own for four days. She allowed him no comment and gave no explanation, and he said nothing back to her, though he hates to have be alone to cook for himself.

I am so tired I am rambling, but wanted to let you who have become such a support system for me with your comments and concern, know how things are progressing.

Blessings, Margo

10 comments:

purplehazebarn said...

So glad you were home when you were really needed.  So much easier for your Mom to have you by her side.  Glad to hear she is doing so well.  Will pray she grows stronger with each passing day.  Stay strong.  LaVern

dbaumgartner said...

WOw, I'm just getting caught up and what do I read? Oh sweetie, you were meant to be out with your Mom when you were. You are there with her and that is so important.

Don't forget to take care of yourself and keep yourself grounded. It's hard, but remember the 'You' in all of this.

Blessings and healing thoughts for you and your family!!!!!


Deb

dklars said...

I'm so happy to hear your Mom is doing better.  I'll keep sending the good energy that way!
~~Kath~~

lisa41076 said...

Margo, I'm so glad your mom is improving, take care of you as well my sweet friend !!!!!!!!!! Thinking good thoughts , Hugs Lisa

ksquester said...

Great, humor is creeping. That is a good sign indeed. I somehow HOPE that the trip to Taos will happen.  Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.  Anne

gazker said...

I am so glad your Mum is doing better now and 3 cheers for you, strong woman!
Gaz xxx

stetsonsfyre said...

I am so sorry for not commenting sooner, I haven't had the time with work to just sit and read entries the way I would like - I am so very, very glad your mom is better Margo, the Goddess in all her guises is watching over her...very protectively in my thinking.  I'm sorry it's all happened, but she sounds like she is on the mend and that's a beautiful thing.  I'm proud of your strength during all this also. Wind to thy Wings Sister...Blessings, Teresa

luvmort said...

This is good news, indeed!  You have made my day.

hope5555 said...

I'm glad to hear your mother is improving.

makemarc said...

Your mother is AMAZING.