Monday, October 27, 2008

Crazy weekend, trying to stay sane.

Tough weekend in H And D retirement land. It started out by a 5 hour wait in the Emergency Room on Friday night with H's mom, Bea. Can I just say what the hell happened to our medical system? It was ridiculous!! There was no less than 50 people in the waiting room. We had my 87 year old mom-in-law, who was suffering and in pain and needed to lie down. She was "next on the list" to get an ER bed. I talked to a poor girl next to us who had a burst ear drum and she had been there 5hours. It was all based on acuity and since Bea was next in line, she got the "first bed" AFTER THREE HOURS?? What a nightmare! To make a long story short, they admitted her. To protect her privacy, though I can't imagine her ever reading my blog since she cannot even open e-mail, I will only say that her chronic condition has worsened and our days with her may be limited..She is home now and still a very sharp woman. I cannot even imagine living life without her but that is something it looks like we do not have to deal with at least in the immediate future. We meet with her Dr. on November 10th to get a treatment plan so will know more then..

In the meantime, if she gets in this situation again, we will be calling 911 or getting her Dr. to admit her directly...That ER stuff is WAY out of control!!
I will say once on the hospital...thank GOD, she got such good medical care from the nurses and aides, had a great private room. It was almost worth the wait..

Our training went to hell. In between hospital visits, we attempted a long run on Sat and long ride on Sunday. Between Dr. and family calls out on the road, we only got 50 miles in on the bike. We still saw Bea when she got home and helped her get settled in and somehow made it to dinner with some friends. I collapsed last night in a heap and woke up to ants on the kitchen counter from leaving the dishes dirty for 2 days...Yuk!

Today our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, Avery will be here to cheer up Nana. We have our next bike and swim lesson with Eric today. Hopefully we can stay on task today after such a crazy weekend..


21stCenturyMom said...

So sorry to hear about your MIL - not a happy situation.

Yes - the medical system is bonkers and an issue very close to my heart. It's just a mess. I you are in an area that a couple of freeways pass through it is worse because people are constantly brought in by ambulence and they go first. Awful.

I just have to say you know you are Iron training when 50 does not count as a long ride. In the real world, it is :-)

LBTEPA said...

Thank goodness your MIL came through ok. Best wishes

Calyx Meredith said...

What a rough weekend! Glad you've got a relief crew coming in and that your MIL got good treatment when she finally got admitted. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with the next parts of it.

Duane said...

Sorry to hear about that. Positive vibes for all three of you!

Esther said...

Deb & Hartley.
So sorry to hear about Bea's relapse. Give her kiss from me and let me know what is going on with her as you get more info. Sending you love and hugs.
Ken and E