Thursday, April 20, 2017

An Update... Does Anyone Have Time For That???

I only have a minute to type up an explanation for the insanity in my life. I think you'll understand why my last battle results didn't post. Then, no battle for this time. No comments. No posts. Nothing.

My mom had the hip replacement on March 22. It went well according to the doctors. Her recovery was going along well, but I confess that it's not easy being the primary caregiver. Even someone "doing well" tends to run a person ragged. That person being me. I considered it a coup to get my April 1 battle up and to vote on all the battles that raged on the first. I didn't have time for much else, including commenting on my own comments.

Last Wednesday (the 12th???), my mom stepped on her right leg and it gave way. She said it really hurt. (I confess that as someone who has heard about pain in this leg for quite a while now, it was hard to--at first--differentiate this sort of really hurt from the previous forms of really hurt.) However, she had a tough time getting in the car when we left a few minutes later for choir practice (hence the walking in the first place). It was worse once we got there. I wasn't sure we'd get her back in the car when it was over. I nearly called the ambulance when we got home. I would've had she not been so adamantly opposed to the idea. She just wanted to get in her own bed. It took approximately an hour to move from car to bed.

The next day it was no better. She called the doctor's office and spoke with the PA on call. He was telling her to elevate it, ice it, etc. I asked for the phone and explained in no uncertain terms that all that had been done and there was something seriously wrong. She needed an ambulance and they should expect her at the hospital where she had the procedure. I could tell he thought I was over-reacting, but he relented.

The emergency room took X-Rays. Turns out her femur fractured due to the hip replacement part. I can tell you that those folks went from not really wanting to give her pain medication and being somewhat immune to her pain to bending over backwards. The doctor on call said he'd only seen seven cases like this in twenty years. She was admitted to the hospital and the doctor put in a longer replacement joint with bands holding it to the bone to prevent future breaks. Of course, he also set the broken bone.

Monday she moved to the rehab floor.

I am whooped. Running back and forth to the hospital takes it out of a person. Thankfully, my migraines haven't been too bad due to the iodine (what a blessing!). I am leaving in a few minutes for my daily hospital run. They expect her to to be there for another ten days (at least), so I don't see this letting up soon.

So, if you'd pray for her and me and/or send good thoughts our way, I'd really appreciate it.

As for the battle from April 1. I was a bit disappointed with participation as it was a fun one. It turned out that Ain't Nobody Got Time For That edged out the Bed Intruder song with with a final tally of 7 to 4 votes, including mine for Sweet Brown (Ain't Nobody Got Time For That).

I'd tell you the rest of what's going on here (which is fairly extensive, because when it rains it pours), but...


  1. Praying for your mom and you!

  2. I'm sorry. You just went through all that rehab and now have to do it again. I will be praying for both of you.

  3. Man, I don't understand why Docs feel the need to diagnose without seeing- it only shows off laziness/incompetence. Earn yer damn money, fools! Prayers for both of you.

  4. Wow! Remember to take care of yourself! (Even the simple things like staying hydrated can escape us when acting as primary caregivers)Be well ;)

  5. I do get being a one truly understands the pressure unless one has been through it. It is physically, emotionally and mentally draining. This does not mean you don't love your fact, it is because you love her that it feels even worse. You also find out that your mom actually does depend on you and she may become more needy and yet, feels horrible to have to depend on you and place you in that position. My mom had her second hip operation in 2000 and she was already living with me in her apartment which is upstairs from where I live( I own the home). Thankfully, my mom did not suffer a further break which is just horrible. I would say the dr and staff had better jump after dismissing her pain. I hate that pain is dismissed and usually women get that reaction more than men. She will need longer recovery and you will be there but take it from someone who went through that and later the need to take time for yourself. It will be hard to do this and sometimes the guilt will feel quite strong but you will need to do something that will give you the strength to keep going. Don't worry about blogland, we are always here. If you need to walk in Nature, do so. If you wish to sit back and listen to music, then do it or read a good book or watch a movie but makes sure you eat and try your best to find the rest you need. She will need you more when she is back home

  6. Both you and your Mom are in my thoughts. It is a very stressful time for
    you and I am so sorry that your Mother has to go through this pain. May
    you stay strong and healthy.

  7. Just sent a prayer to you and your mom. Sorry for all the difficulties going on with you and I understand your pushing the blogging stuff aside while you deal with it all. Hope everything gets in order for you soon and you are able to join back in with us. But no worries--just miss you.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  8. ROBIN ~
    I would say a prayer for your Mom but . . .

    ...ain't nobody got time for that!

    Kidding! You know I've already been on the Prayer Team Train.

    Will begin working on an E for you from work... if I got time for that.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    [Link:) Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

  9. I understand being a caregiver. I'll keep you both in my prayers.

  10. Oh my goodness, that's a lot of things going on for both of you. I'm sure she's very grateful you are there to help! Hugs to you both.


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