I'm back from my trip to Brussels. The meeting was successful and I actually had a few hours to have a quick look around. I took some pics with my mobile phone and I will post a few very soon however right now I have other concerns. While I was there I received a message to say that my mother had been taken ill and today she has been admitted to hospital.
My mother suffers from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, curvature of the spine, asthma and one or two other medical conditions, whose symptoms seem to merge into one mass medical condition that seems difficult to for doctors to tease out and treat effectively. As you can imagine, she is pretty disabled, on a number of drugs and she has good days and bad days. Just over a week ago she developed an abscess under her tooth and the dentist had to remove the tooth. This left her with a very painful jaw which got more painful as days passed. Last weekend an emergency doctor prescribed her some painkillers which seemed to help at first but then she got much worse. It seems that while I was away she went downhill rapidly and is now in great pain, in her neck, shoulder and down the side of her body. The doctor prescribed morphine but it is not working and has made her disorientated and sick, so she has been admitted to hospital so that they can get the pain under control. Then they can investigate what is wrong and hopefully treat her.
I am currently waiting for the consultant to see her. I hope they make her more comfortable soon. I am hoping to go and visit her over the weekend (we do not live in the same city), but at the moment she is not up to visitors. I am going to go and see how my father is bearing up anyway so I apologise in advance if I am not visiting you all as much as I would like. Please send my mum lots of positive thoughts. I really am quite worried.