Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Mom Update

Well, first, I spoke to my mother a few days ago. She sounded much better. In fact, she doesn't remember me calling her right after the accident. Those pain meds were pretty strong! Now she says she only takes them to sleep at night.
Her arm, of course, is completely useless. She can't do a thing for herself. My sister washed her hair for her one day, and it was hard on my mom because she is a very modest person. But she says she knows she has to get over that.
Once a day she has to take off her sling (she has no cast) and when she does, she says her arm just drops. She has some exercises to do. I plan to call her tomorrow, Thanksgiving, and hope to hear of even more improvement.
The event must have been a nightmare for her. She was putting a bowl of something in the fridge and started to slip. (Her slippers had gotten wet when she was in the bathroom, from a wet rug. She didn't realize this.) Well, she tried to balance herself so the bowl wouldn't break and cut her. The bowl was fine...she didn't even spill anything, she said.
She said she was laying there for the longest time, praying for the strength to get up. Somehow, she scooted on the rug over to the table and got herself into a chair. Just then, the phone rang. It was my aunt calling her, as she does every day. She told Aunt Mary she had fallen. My aunt came right over. My mother also called her neighbor, who called 911.

I think of my mom laying there, helpless. She's such a go-getter and generally pretty healthy for 84 that I tend to forget that she isn't a kid. (She's a kid at heart, though!) She does take Fosamax for osteoporosis (sp?), and has honestly never broken a bone in her life.

I wrote to my sibs and asked what they think about getting her one of those Life Alert bracelets. I know the commercials are annoying, but "I've fallen and I can't get up" isn't so funny when it's your mom. My mother even said she likes the idea.

Not sure if I'm going to Ohio yet. Mom said to wait and see. My sister is with her this week. If I go, it will be next week or the week after. At that point, though, my mom might be so tired of company she'll need a break, LOL! And my aunt, of course, will stay with her.

I want to say thanks again for all the good prayers out there. I told my mother and she really appreciates them!


BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh Boy...I do hope your Mom can get someone to help fer if she needs it quickly! That fall must've been very scary for her. I will keep her in my prayers.

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Glad your mom is on the mend. We wanted Mama to get the Life Alert, but she wouldn't hear of it. She was an obstinate woman, that one. Happy Thanksgiving, Clare.

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Wow; been too long away; had not realized that this had happened. You know that I will keep y'all in my thoughts for this. My folks are that age and are truly young at heart. They are very active which is a plus in many ways; they just don't think that they SHOULDN'T be doing some things by themselves.
Thank goodness for sibs and good neighbors.
with much to be thankful this thanksgiving day - blessings to you, Claire