Monday, December 19, 2011
Sunday such a scary day
I speak occasionally here about my mom. She is my best friend. Her birthday is this Thursday the 22nd. She will be 76 years old. My mom has Asthma and has had issues over the last couple of years controlling it when she gets a cold.
Mom has had an upper respiratory infection since around Thanksgiving, that just was hanging on. I picked her up on Friday afternoon and she sounded terrible. Wheezing and could not catch her breath. I asked her how long she had been like this, as I was unaware. The joy of the elderly living alone. That and she so tries not to worry me. She said a few days, so I immediately called the Dr and they wanted to see her. She did not see her regular Dr as she was off that day. They prescribed an additional antibiotic and sent us on our way. They were unable to hear any wheezing, because I had made her do an albuterol treatment right before we left for the Dr.
She went home on Friday night with Adam, he had been so looking forward to spending the night with her. I picked them up at 11am on Saturday. We had planned her birthday party for that evening. My good friend Linda and her son Elijah and niece Breanna and all of us took her to Carlos O'Kelly's one of her favorite places. We had a really good meal and a fun time. It was late and so she stayed the night with us.
I cannot tell you how very glad that she did. I woke up at 5am to do homework and take a test in my Health Information class and around 6am mom came walking out into the living room wheezing something awful. I had her do her nebulizer and then her rescue inhaler and it continued to get worse, I should have taken her to the ER right then and there but she told me she was not going. I continued to monitor her, she ended up getting worse and we have moved her to my bed and she began really struggling to breath and I called 911. They took her to OSF (my hospital) and Alan and I followed her and when we arrived they began working on her it was so scary. I was in the room with her, they were throwing everything but the kitchen sink in her, she was able to say "Please help me, I cannot breath" and she looked at me with a horribly scared look on her face. It took awhile but they were able to bring her back.
The Dr. told me she was close to complete respiratory failure and that we were lucky. She has to have an asthma care plan for when to come to the ER as we waited way to long. She is in ICU and I stayed with her last night. I slept on a cot in the waiting room. I am with her now, and she is so much better. She is no longer wheezing, they have her completely opened up now. She had a good night, and slept really well.
I just hope we can get her home before Christmas. Please keep her in your prayers. I cannot imagine my life without her, and I know at her age anything can happen. I am very grateful that God did not see fit to take her from us yesterday. Adam Mikael loves his great grandma so much and it would just devastate him.