Just wanted to pop in and give you all a quick update. I was hoping to be able to start blogging again in October. As you all know, I lost my beloved Daisy Dukes on Sept. 24th. I was having a hard time with it, and even though I miss her like crazy, I know it was the best thing for her.
Right on the heels of that hardship, we've encountered another. My mother-in-law is in very serious condition in New York Presbyterian hospital in New York City. She has congestive heart failure and is in need of, at the very least, quadruple bypass and a mitral valve replacement. But, because of the congestive heart failure, they cannot perform surgery until all of the fluid is drained from her heart and lungs. Her oxygen levels are very low, and the surgeon is not sure she will be able to come off the venilator.
In addition to that, we've had more bad news. We have learned that she has rectal cancer. They cannot operate on it for the same reason they can't do the heart surgery. And at the same time, the cancer adds to the laundry list of why they can't operate on her heart.
So, we are basically at a standstill in terms of options. They can't operate on the cancer because of her heart. They cannot operate on her heart because of the cancer, et. al. And round and round we go.
She's been hospitalized for over a month now, and every day we seem to hit another roadblock. She's only 63 years old - not old at all by today's standards.
I've got family members staying with us so they can be closer to the hospital (she was transferred here from upstate where she lives, about 6 hours away). Manhattan is only 45 minutes away from us, but it starts to take a toll when you're travelling it every day and sitting in the hospital for 8 hours at a time.
Every day I've got my book packed in my backpack, but I haven't picked it up once. I just can't concentrate on what I'm reading. Especially in Intensive Care... with all the bells and whistles always going off it's a wonder any of the patients can even get any rest!
So, that is my story for now. I miss blogging so much, and all the friends I've made while doing it. I was really hoping to be back in the swing of things by now, after Daisy's death..... but you know what they say about the best laid plans....
For now, I really hardly have any time to turn around, no less blog. I'm glad I finally got 10 minutes to sit down and post this because I wanted to let you all know that I'm not gone for good... just have important family obligations to take care of right now.
Thanks for hangin' in there with me. If I don't get to check back in for a little while, I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. Give thanks for the family, friends and all the gifts you've been blessed with.
I'll try to pop in whenever I can and let you know our status.