Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Some Good News To Follow The Bad

My Mom is in the hospital.  Her husband, ER, took her to the hospital early Thursday morning when she was having difficulty speaking.  While checking her in she had a seizure.  If you're going to have a seizure then the hospital is the best place to have it.

She was immediately sent to get a CT scan and a mass was found in the left, frontal lobe of her brain.  Over the past four days there have been several theories: tumor, malignant tumor, or an infection.  They put her on anti-inflammatory steroids and anti-seizure medications.

We were woken up early Thursday morning.  When we got to the hospital Mom wasn't quite there.  She was confused and her speech was slurred.  She had trouble remembering things that happened five minutes before.

Over the next forty-eight hours the drugs did their job.  The improvement was tremendous.  Her slurred speech returned to normal.  She still doesn't remember much of last Thursday.  That may be a result of the seizure, the medication, or both.  By late Friday she was sounding like herself and her memory had returned to near normal.

We all spent the weekend, Mom and  ER , the Wife and I, Mom's brother and sister, all of her friends, holding our collective breaths.  The biopsy/mass removal couldn't come soon enough.

This morning they finally went in and removed the mass.  Of the three possibilities discussed, the reality turned out to be the most benign and treatable: it was an infection.  They cleaned it out and removed the cyst wall.  She is on antibiotics.  Where did the infection come from?  That's one of life's little mysteries.

Every now and then life shakes you up and brings you back to reality.  This was one of those times.  Fortunately for Mom, it was gentle shake.


6 comments:

  1. I am so glad to hear your mum is okay. I'm sorry your family and mom had to endure that!

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    1. Autumn: Thanks! She's getting better everyday.

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  2. Late to the post but so happy that your mum is ok! Whew.

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    1. JaG: Thanks! She got a kick out of your calling her "Mum". So British sounding :-)

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  3. I seem to have gained some UK-isms being maried to The Boy!

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    1. JaG: Well ... If that's all you got from The Boy, consider yourself lucky ;-)

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