Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Mum watch

Your kindness in offering well wishes and prayers for my mother are very much appreciated so I thought I would give you all an update. I talk to my dad on a daily basis as I live too far away to visit more than once or twice a week. It gives me a chance to keep abreast of my mother's treatment and progress and also to check up on my dad who is starting to feel that the house is perhaps a little bit quiet with my mum away.

Mum is doing okay on the whole but goes trough weepy moments. She was on penicillin to treat her cellulitis infection but it didn't respond to this so she was put on erythromycin instead but she seems to be allergic to it! Now she is covered in an allergic rash as well. Either way, the cellulitis is being very stubborn and my mum is getting quite fed up with it. She is basically bed ridden as she has to rest her legs and keep them raised to reduce the swelling. She is seeing a vascular specialist tomorrow about this. On the plus side her diabetes continues to stabilise and her kidneys appear to have stabilised as well which is great news.

If you haven't heard of cellulitis it is an infection caused by bacteria, which affect skin and deeper soft tissues. Upon infection, afflicted areas are usually red, swollen, and painful. I am not sure what is happening next as the doctors decided against putting the direct line in to administer more antibiotics and have stayed with topical and oral treatment. Apparently cellulitis usually responds well to antibiotics but there are more resistant strains evolving. Here's hoping it has a positive effect soon.

Anyway, I have been feeling quite a bit under strain lately, so tomorrow I am taking a day off work. Ideally I need a longer break but a day is a good start. Things are getting on top of me and even housework and keeping the garden neat are an issue for me at the moment, let alone sorting out my divorce or writing my next essay for my MBA. My head is still above the water but at times I feel like I'm not waving but
drowning. I will be fine I know, I just need to step back a bit and accept I'm not superhuman and try to tackle one thing at a time.

21 comments:

R. Sherman said...

Keep the faith.

I get the same rash with same antibiotic. It looks bad but isn't painful or dangerous.

Cheers.

kenju said...

Please re-read your last 2 sentences every day! Very good advice. I hope all will bge better soon.

diyadear said...

good that ur takin a break.. may god give u the strenght dear..

mar said...

Thinking of you and your mum...

Ramona said...

You are a smart woman realizing that you need a mental health day. You have an enormous load to carry right now. One day at a time, and don't forget to breathe.
Glad to hear your mom is getting appropriate treatment. The docs are probably sticking with oral and topical treatment for now because IV antibiotics are really hard on the kidneys.
Hope you take the day off and enjoy it fully!

misti said...

What can i say, you are brave woman. I agree, sometimes we need to step back and tackle things one at a time. Bless you :)

Little Miss Muffet said...

oh i think that's a great idea. Just take a moment to relax and u will come back fighting :)

Beckie said...

A break sounds good! Take care of yourself. I am sending positive thoughts and prayers to your mom.

JAM said...

Best wishes and good thoughts and prayers for you all. Being sick is bad, but it's also hard and stressful on those that love the sick one.

surcie said...

I hope all the rough spots smooth out soon.

Sarch said...

That's right BK take a day off...you deserve it!

I'm glad you KNOW things will look brighter in the future but I know sometimes it can seem awfully dark.

Take it in small chunks. Don't forget you're not supposed to have all the answers to lifes' issues...sometimes you just have to slog through them and get to the other side.

Sarch said...

I hit "publish" before I intended too...

One last thing my friend, don't forget that God IS there and DOES care. He will help you carry the burden.

You know you're in my prayers.

Annie said...

Such alot going on that a day for yourself is a really great, not to mention sensible idea.

Please take care of your sweet self when you can.

Here via Michele's today.

'B' said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family (especially your mum) in her time of ill health.
I can understand where you are at, at the moment. I am doing a Masters (break in an assignment right about NOW!), and just a short time ago, was taking my mother in law to the hospital as my father in law was in hospital after major heart procedure. My wife was interstate with work at the time. So study was put onto hold for a bit, the garden is on an even bigger hold to!!!
All I can say is 'chin up' and you will get through. Good luck with finishing your MBA, my wife has just graduated with hers, and it is a remarkable achievement!
Here from Michele's this evening...
Bernie

gautami said...

Just be positive. It will be ok.

Thanks for visiting my blog. You are welcome anytime.

Beckie said...

Bob-Kat, Michele sent me....I would have come by anyway! I hope all is going ok with your mom.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Dear dear Bob-Kat....I so encourage you to take a bit of a rest....That's what I've been doing and it does help---you have so much on your plate, my dear....
Glad to hear your Mom's Diabitus is stablizing...NOW, if they can just get that infection under control....Prayers are on-going from this part of the world.
Yes! The Birthdays are upon us! (lol)....I'm not thrilled with my number....How about you?

Anna said...

I do hope that you feel God there. He is good and you are not alone. I will be thinking of you and your mom and saying a prayer.

rashbre said...

It sounds as if a rest and recharge is sensible. Decompression is good.

Positive thoughts to you both.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Hi My Dear B-K...just wanted to check in and tell you I finally posted what's been going on over here on the hill!
Hope your Mum is holding her own and better, too!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I am here too soon, my dear, to read your good news! I hope it is about your Mom's infection being better....And/Or that you are out from under that divorce strain....Well, I promise to come back after I've had a good sleep, my dear...

Thanks for your very kind and supportive words....And I know your Birthday is in two days, right? Happy Happy, my dear.