Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Role reversal

It is so hard to watch my mom these days. While she is recovering in ways I feared she never would, it is so sad to watch her struggle so much. She can't make it up her stairs more than once without being exhausted for the rest of the day. I can remember friends and family asking her and dad why they built a two-story home "at their age" and thinking that was silly because they are both so active. She is still struggling with using her left arm, too. But, her speech has cleared up and she moves around pretty good.

The home-health nurse released her from home healthcare and she will start doing therapy on an outpatient basis, but the nurse was concerned because her BP is only 91/58 and she is on high blood pressure medication. I told mom to call the doctor and she said she did a few days ago and they haven't called back. Here was our conversation:

AoM: What did you tell them you needed?
Mom: I told them I needed to see the doctor.
AoM: Mom, call back and ask for a nurse and tell her that you are on high blood pressure medication, you had a stroke and the nurse who has been coming to the house said your BP is 91/58. Ask them what you need to do? Stop taking the medicine? See the doctor or what. Are you going to call or do I need to?
Mom: I'll call them tomorrow. It's too late now.
AoM: Mom, it is 2:45. Call them when we hang up or I'm going to call them.
Mom: Ok.

*shaking my head*

I'll call her to tonight to make sure she called. Great fishsticks with tartar sauce. What happened to my mother?


  • At 3:36 PM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'll refrain from repeating my Mom and why she won't get a pet story.

  • At 12:31 AM, August 05, 2005, Blogger Rachelle Jones said…

    Get some rest, and always call the DR. office. The new HEPA laws might get in the way as far as information is concerned. Hopefully you have an understanding group.

    Yep, when planning a home, I always tell people to do a one story, W?C accessible, wheel in shower, and big hallways, and never know.

    I will say big prayers for each of you......

  • At 9:36 AM, August 05, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Thanks for prayers. So far, the nurses and doctors have been great to communicate with me, but mom has left them instructions that it is ok to talk to me. I think she already realizes I'll be a better advocate for her than she will be for herself right now. She still hasn't heard anything from them yet. I'm calling now.

  • At 10:07 AM, August 05, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    10 minutes was all it took for me to get a call back.

    *deep sigh*

    Stop taking the Rx, see the doctor in two weeks, have the home health folks fax the BP results and request for outpatient rehab ...

    See how easy that was, mom? I feel sorry for old folks who have no advocate for themselves.

  • At 11:39 PM, August 06, 2005, Blogger Rachelle Jones said…

    here here...


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