The following morning the nurse called again and said that when she arrived at the memory care center Mom was very weak and having a hard time breathing. The doctor was called and administered a breathing treatment and ordered a shot of steroids followed by oral steroids. These were ordered up stat from the pharmacy and should be there within 4 hrs. I called all the siblings to give the news. Dawn and Tom went up to spend time with Mom. They were relieved by Dick and Jackie who were relieved by John and Kirsten so that I could continue with the party I had scheduled.
On Sunday morning, the nurse called and said Mom had taken a turn for the worse. The meds had never arrived from the pharmacy and so were not administered. Mom's oxygen level was very low and they were giving her a breathing treatment and transporting her to the hospital.
I got to the hospital prior to Mom's arrival. When she arrived, she was breathing comfortably. More xrays and blood work showed that Mom had congestive heart failure and she was admitted into the hospital.
Here she is, relaxing with a magazine. No pain, no distress as long as she is laying in bed. When she needs to get up for the bathroom she is distressed for 15-20 minutes trying to catch her breath. Other than that, she thinks she is at my house...which by the way is very nice. Every time someone comes in to see how she is she gets confused because no one told her she was in the hospital or that she was sick. The only complaint she has is that we need to leave this place and go have a drink somewhere. Mom is amazing...she never stops joking or laughing and she accuses me of lying every time I try to give her history to the medical staff.
So far, God has been very good granting my prayer that Mom go into his arms with no pain, fear or discomfort. The doctors have no timeline for us. If you ask me I think she is ready to go out dancing!!!