What’s going on with me
Well, my mom had chest pain on Wednesday of last week, which is not unusual for her (she has GURD, in addition to heart disease). She was on her way to PD clinic (dialysis – she does dialysis at home, but has Clinic every week) and I was driving her and she did not have her nitro with her (bad bad). Her PD clinic nurse took her to the ER to get nitro, she was fine, then her blood sugar (she’s diabetic) got way out of control, and they admitted her to the hospital.
Fast forward a few days, she’s finally consented to the angiogram they’ve been wanting to do for a year or so (she had been reluctant, because the dye used in the angiogram would have killed the remaining kidney function she had, but now that she’s on dialysis anyway, it really doesn’t matter that much). Found out she needed bypass surgery, and soon.
So she had that on Tuesday, seemed to be doing really well for the first 24 hours, then started slowly getting worse. Then on Thursday, she coded (heart and lungs stopped). They brought in the paddles and intubated her and did chest compressions (not in that order) and got her going again. And she’s doing better today.
But two of the three bypass grafts are nonfunctional. She has only one artery that supplies blood to her heart, and her heart function is like 20%. Not good. Yesterday (Friday) morning, the cardiologist basically said that there’s no good news. If they can get her off the epi and other heart medicine, then she has a chance at having “some” quality of life. If they can’t get her off the medicine, then basically, that’s it. She cannot remain on the medicine forever.
Well, they DID get her off the medicine, but her blood pressure still just plummets any time she moves, even just to get clean sheets. That said, they all have said she’s doing much better, and going home “some day” is a “reasonable goal.”
So things have been at a standstill here while I’ve spent every waking minute at the hospital, which is made even harder by the fact that Wally can’t be there with me (because it’s ICU). My aunt and sister have been here, which is nice, but they’re going home tomorrow, and then it’ll just be me to deal with all this. I have no idea what the future holds, or how I’ll deal with the business AND her needs.
But that’s where we stand.
I’m closed now through the new year (jan 7). I was hoping to spend that time catching up and getting some things done that have needed doing for a long time, in addition to end of the year financial stuff, but it looks like I’ll instead spend that time taking care of my mom.
So I’m planning to reopen on the 7th, but I just don’t know.
UPDATE: 1/7 – I decided to remain closed an additional week shortly after posting this. However, I am doing some order processing this week as I have time and am also catching up on made to order and custom items from before the holidays. I will be back open full time next week.