Thursday, October 11, 2007

Entropy, Up CLose and Personal

Last week Bob and I snuck into Cleveland--me to see my mom and Bob to see the results of an engineering pilot of some parts. We did our things on Friday, and Saturday, having told almost no one we town, we headed back for the Akron-Canton airport. We were pulling into the airport when we got the call from the Assisted Living place where my mom lives. My mother had fallen, and possibly broken her hip.

She is 92 and has pretty advanced dementia. Her hip was broken. And they had to do surgery on Monday to put a pin in her hip. Dementia can be temporarily or permanently acerbated by general anesthesia but they were able to do the surgery with a spinal block and a sedative. They've kept her for several days to make sure that she is stable (she came in with an irregular heart beat and she's anemic.) I got her into a rehab nursing home run by the same people who run her assisted living. Cleaned out her old room. She won't be going back to the assisted living--her dementia had reached the point where they were keeping her there even though it might not have been appropriate because they liked her and now she will probably never walk well enough again. She is doing as well as can be expected right now for a 92 year old woman with a hip fracture.

It has been a long week.


Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

I'm so sorry, Maureen. That's got to be stressful and exhausting.

October 11, 2007 10:29 PM  
Blogger Responsible Artist said...

So sorry. Hope she heals quickly and the adjustment goes as well as it can.

October 12, 2007 1:10 AM  
Blogger Splinister said...

That's a tough week, Maureen. I hope your Mom settles into the nursing home, and recovers well. Best wishes to you and Bob.

October 12, 2007 5:24 AM  
Blogger Caroline M. Yoachim said...

*hugs* That is a long week indeed, and I know you've already been busy with work. Hope things settle down soon!

October 12, 2007 11:30 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Oh, Maureen, it's sad news! It's so hard to be far from our frail old folks. Take good care of her and yourself as well, and let us know when you get home.

October 12, 2007 8:04 PM  
Blogger dubjay said...

Very sad, Maureen. Take care.

October 12, 2007 10:48 PM  
Blogger Haddayr said...

Ugh. I am really sorry to hear it.

October 14, 2007 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Maureen, we know that story! Doug's mom is 93, dementia, and broke her hip several years ago, & its been one long slide. You ahve our sympathy. You know that Doug & I live a few minutes from CAK? And that you can use the guest room if you need to?

Mary Piero Carey

October 16, 2007 10:15 AM  

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