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Sunday, November 04, 2012

This has been one week I would NOT want to repeat. All the previous week my 84-year-old mother-in-law who lives with us had complained of various aches and pains with more vigor than usual. All her life, this little lady has had a peculiarity -- whenever she doesn't feel well, no matter how major or how minor the pain might be, she stops eating. Since she's 5'2" wearing a size 6 petite, this is a real issue.

By a week ago Friday, she had starved herself into quite a state, vomiting bile from an empty stomach, having panic attacks and asthma problems. (She uses oxygen supplement 24 hours daily.) In the middle of the night, she had us rush her to the ER with a sharp pain at her sternum that could have been a heart attack, she thought. Two days and a large number of tests later, they determined that not eating or drinking enough had contributed to her existing kidney problems, causing the pain, and sent her home. We finally succeeded in getting her to eat tiny bits by telling her that if she starves herself onto a feeding tube that she will have to go to a nursing home rather than staying here, because we can't provide that level of care.

Meanwhile, during that same week, our younger son Devin had been phoning daily, sounding worse every time he called. I urged him to go to the campus clinic, but they were swamped and couldn't see him until the following week, so I brought him home to see our family doc. Devin had bacterial pneumonia. Him they loaded up with antibiotics and cough remedies, and sent back home. Unfortunately, Devin started getting worse, his bronchial tubes became inflamed as well, and he ended up missing an entire week of school! Even though he's kept in touch with teachers and turned in assignments by email, I shudder to think what this has done to his grades. Oh, plus he responds to antibiotics the same way I do: with massive diarrhea, even taking probiotics and eating yogurt.

So, this week, Spark hasn't even existed for me. I've drunk my water and eaten the same as always, but I won't even attempt to reconstruct all those meals. After logging on today, I plugged in a whole week's worth of glucose readings, just so I can chart them. Today, I restarted tracking food and my daily walk, so that feels good. I really want to get back into my routine! (whine...sniffle...)

Now, if I can just convince Devin to gather his stuff so I can cart him back to college, I will be SO happy.
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  • IOWADEB
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    breathe, you are doing well MOM
    2912 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    I really feel for you. I have been there. My mom was ill for 19 years. It was a constant struggle. My son got pneumonia at college too followed by MRSA. Nightmare!! I also had to bring him home for a while. I hope things calm down for you soon. emoticon
    2914 days ago
  • PEPPYPATTI
    I am so sorry to hear of your rough week. Definitely sounds like you need a break. Just be sure to take care of yourself as well. We still need to get together some Friday to walk. It would be a blast!
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    2915 days ago
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