Thursday, October 22, 2009

Growing Up

And the suck-fest continues, folks.

We got a phone call on Sunday night (whilst at dinner at G&A's)-my mom was rushed to the ER (ironically, the one where she's a supervisor) after having a stroke. They gave her tPA (a "clot buster") and airlifted her to a hospital in Trenton, where the AWESOMEST neurosurgeon is (like, he's in the top 10 neurosurgeon's IN THE NATION. And he's single and good looking, which doesn't hurt, either). She was doing okay on Monday, then started becoming lethargic and more unresponsive. The ICU nurse immediately rushed her for a CT scan, where they found a huge clot by her brain stem, and they took her into surgery and were able to remove the entire thing, which was no easy thing due to the amounts of tPA and heparin she was on.

So, what caused it? Well, Dr. Hotness thinks that it was a combination of narrowing of the arteries in the head (due to years of smoking) and one of the chemo drugs, cisplatin, which has a risk of inducing strokes. But, she's a fighter (she was already trying to do things for herself when I left last night) and she'll fight this.

She's still in the ICU but is doing much better-her right side is affected, and she really can't talk much due to the muscle weakness. She's more alert and is aware of what's going on (she keeps asking what her blood pressure is....the nurse in her can't take a day off, I suppose), which is a positive. She'll be moved soon to an acute rehab facility where she'll stay to do her therapies.

So, there we are. It was a scary few days, since it was very touch-and-go on Monday. I still can't comprehend that there was a very real chance that she could've died or become completely incapacitated on Monday had the doctors and nurses at the hospital hadn't moved as quickly as they did. The two hours that she was in surgery were probably the scariest time in my life, and watching my father go through this was difficult for me. I'm not ready to lose my mother yet. But, I feel like I'm also not ready for this, either. I've suddenly had to become an "adult" in a few short days, and I'm not liking it either. Unfortunately, I have no choice in the matter.

Adulthood, here I come.

23 comments:

Kate said...

Don't you wish we could be kids forever? I wish I could go back to about 8 yrs old and not a care in the world.

I hope your mom recovers quickly and is able to get all of her movement and control back.

Lut C. said...

That is very scary.

My grandmom had a stroke half a year ago, she also recovered spectacularly due to quick intervention. She hasn't recovered completely though and that's a tough blow to deal with. I hope rehab works magic for your mom.

Shelli said...

scary shit.

love you.

Dana said...

Stef,
My thoughts are with you! I hope your mom recovers quickly.

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I am sorry about your mother {{HUGS}} I am glad that she is doing so well, and is such a fighter! I will send up well wishes for you.
LFCA

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Ms. J said...

How is your family doing?

Please update us as you can.

Mel said...

Oh gosh-- many thoughts for continued good strides in her health!!!

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Praying for you!

LaurenKauf said...

Hi, First time blog viewer here. My Mom had a stroke about 6 years ago, best wishes for a speedy recovery for your Mother. It was a difficult time for us, because the stroke was so severe, but hang in there! My best suggestion is to keep the mood upbeat, and keep your Mom determined for a full recovery.

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