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Mom update (mostly)

The good news is, I'm not going to a hospital or a rehab center every day to visit Mom. She came home last Friday. The not so good news is, she's still on intravenous antibiotics and will be until at least August 16. That requires getting her to a doctor's office, every day, by around 8 a.m. so she can be hooked up and pumped full of medicine. So I'm still with her every day. (We discussed and ruled out easier options, mostly because I worry too much.) I usually get out of bed at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays, certainly not that early on weekends. Now it's between 6:15 and 6:30. Every day, for nineteen days. Of course, Mom has it worse, because she will have been on antibiotics for 30 days in the end. That's if the doctor decides the infection is really gone by then. They've warned us that they don't give target dates because people often get disappointed. Aug. 16 is her next appointment, and presumably the earliest she could be released from treatment.

In addition to that, there are other doctors who need calls and appointments, pills that need a doctorate in pharmacology to understand and set out, medical bills, and ... I guess I'm a caregiver now. Never would've seen that coming twenty years ago. That could explain why I feel stressed, between that and trying to work enough at my job and keep up with working out. There's a lot that isn't happening these days, like music and social life. Maybe in a couple of weeks I can start rebroadening my horizons.

P.S.: July really sucked, y'know? I haven't even told you all of it yet.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 5th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC)
You're doing a good job Charlie.
Aug. 5th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
Thanks... it's hard to know how well it's going, sometimes, and it's hard to know how much is help and how much is intrusion. I'm trying to do my best with Mom and not worry about everything else. It'll be there later.
Aug. 5th, 2011 07:14 am (UTC)
Do what you think needs to be done, your heart will tell you. I'm certain she's glad you're there. Good son.
Aug. 5th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
I think she is glad.
What's embarassing is when her friends at the apartment building tell her that she has a good son. *blush*
Aug. 5th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
I hope things improve for you both very soon.
Aug. 5th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :-) I think there's steady progress going on.
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