Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gratitude~Day 1

November 1st!  Today I am starting a month of Gratitude posts!  I am planning on one a day but will 'forgive' myself if I is like that sometimes.  I was thinking about doing something like this and then read a post from Mary at Ms. Redo who is doing the same thing and that cinched it!   So here is Day 1~

Today I am so grateful for my Mom!
As most of you know my Mom has been ill this year and I almost lost her in May when she had heart failure and ended up with a pacemaker.  Since then she has been up and down and I've been spending more time here in Texas with her.  I want her to move closer to me and it's in the works but her health issues have to stabilize before she will move away from her Dr's.
This past month has been difficult as she has had breathing issues, fatigue, dizzy spells and blurred vision.  FINALLY the Dr's have realized she cannot tolerate steroids and are removing all of those from her treatment.  Mom has had a really high SED rate (20 is normal and hers has been as high at 82) which indicates inflammation somewhere in her body(thus the steroids).  It is now down to about 55 but that is still high.  She is starting a new medication and the Rheumatolgist will continue to work to get this under control.

Meanwhile her heart is stabalized and her fluid retention (she has congestive heart failure) is down.  She is finally feeling better! 
Mom turned 82 on October 18th and I am so thankful I still have her with me!  

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes during this time.  I am happy to say that Mom is on the mend and I can breathe a little easier now!



Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I'm so glad that you gave your Mom a face for us!! What a beautiful picture of both of you!! Meds are suppose to make you feel better - not worse! We're going through the same thing with my Mom, but it's kidney meds. Finally someone decided to try something else and gradually, Mom is feeling better and able to eat. There needs to be more care in the treatment of patients and meds.
I know you are thrilled that she has turned a corner and is feeling better.
Hopefully, she'll be strong enough soon so you can bring her home with you!!
Bless you both!

the cape on the corner said...

i hope your mom is able to come live by you soon. 82 is truly amazing. stay well, the both of you! hugs to you.

Barbara F. said...

So glad your mom is stabilizing. I hope she gets to move near you very soon. xo

Jill said...

That's great news,Linda!!

I know only too well what a worry it is when your parent is far away, take care...

oldgreymare said...

That is wonderful news. All of us need to remember that Drs are not Gods, and we always need to have an advocate by each patient's side to ask the questions and seek proper/revised treatment. Too many patients receive the wrong care due to our current health system. How fortunate you could be there for your Mom. Time and time again my family intervened on our loved ones behalf saving them from additional harm. Not intentional harm, but harm all the same. So glad to hear things are taking a good turn for you and your Mom. <3

Deb said...

The sooner she gets closer to you the better for everyone. Lovely picture, Linda.

Shelia said...

Hi Linda! What a precious post! Good to hear this about your little mom and hope she does continue to do better. Those steroids can be so scary!
Hope she gets well enough to move closer. My little mother is 89 and she's here in town and lives at a retirement home and I know I'm thankful to have her.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Linda, that is a great idea for a series. My Mom is 81 and is still very active.

Anonymous said...

Awh, she's an October baby too, Linda. Happy birthday to her, and I am very happy for both of you regarding her health improvement.
I look forward to your gratitude posts.

Anonymous said...

By the way, I LOVE your picture.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet, precious post! I love the pic of you and your Mom, what a treasure, and you're so right to be thankful for your mom, we only get one! Glad to hear she is feeling better, my dad had congestive heart failure for many years and I know how debilitating it is. Glad you're joining me on 30 days of gratitude!!! Hugs ~ Mary

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

How sweet that you are able to help her out and spend time with her. My dad turned 80 on the 17th. I will be spending the day tomorrow with my mom and sister to celebrate Kelly's birthday that was yesterday.

Sarah said...

Linda, this is a beautiful post and a beautiful photo of you and your mom. So happy to know she is doing better. I'm thankful I still have my sweet mom at 98.

Nellie said...

I am continuing to send along thoughts and prayers for your mother's continued improvement.


Love the happy photo of you and your Mom!!!
I think that Dr's give out too many drugs...I know that my Mom was on too many and when she went to a new Dr...things really turned around for her! We have to be our own Doctors!
So happy that things are improving!

sissie said...

Hi Linda,
I love this precious photo of you and your Mom....two beautiful ladies.
I've been down this road with my Mom so I know it's hard. I'm so glad that you are there for her and that she is getting better.

hugs to both of you

Chatty Crone said...

What a sweet and awesome tribute to your mother and I am so glad she is here to know how much you appreciate her! That is the best! sandie

Susan said...

Being grateful for your Mom is incredibly important, Linda. I'm SO GLAD she's on-the-mend. You are a wonderful daughter. Susan

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You are so blessed to still have your dear mom. My mom turned 82 this year also and I cherish every moment we have together...including this weekend. I really hope that she stabilizes so she can move closer to you. Thanks for sharing Linda.

ImSoVintage said...

Linda, I am so glad to hear that your mom is doing better. I know this is a difficult journey for both of you and that it is important for you to get her back where she is nearer to you. I am grateful to have my mom still with me too, at age 88. I hope the doctors are right when they tell me she has many more years ahead and I hope your mom does, too.


Old Fashioned Gal said...

That is something to be truly thankful for. 82 years is a long time to live. I hope to make it that long!
I lost my own mother, Linda Jean :) at the age of 17. She was only 49. Leukemia took her within 2 years time. I miss her everyday.
Sometimes I can feel her warmth wrapped around me. I am grateful for that feeling. :)
P.S. You look just like your mother! <3

DogsMom said...

I was thinking you and your mom share that beautiful smile.

I lost my mother this summer at age 83 and her birthday is coming up next week. In the last year she had lost her enthusiasm for life and just wanted to move on. I hope she is with my dad now. I have to believe he was waiting for her.

You have to enjoy the good days, be there for her in the difficult times, and always remember the best times.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am so glad she is better and pray that she gets to move near you soon. You are such a good daughter, and she looks like a sweetheart, too.