Hey everyone! I know I usually give updates about how my mum is doing at the beginning of my weekly POPSUGAR Reading Challenge updates, but I needed to take some time to process everything that is going on before I could put this into writing.
Over the past week, my dad and I have seen some significant changes in Mum’s ability to communicate. The aphasia has become more severe, and it’s been increasingly difficult for her to express her thoughts and have a conversation, which has been very frustrating for her. She has also been experiencing an increased amount of confusion, is having almost constant headaches, and is sleeping quite a bit.
My mum and dad were originally going to meet with hospice on Friday afternoon to discuss home healthcare options, but Mum’s headaches became so severe on Friday morning that she was physically ill. She and my dad went to the emergency room, and the ER doctor was able to give her something for the pain. They also did a CT scan. I won’t go into all of the medical details, but the scan showed that the most recent tumor has undergone significant growth.
Friday evening, Mum was admitted to a hospice center so that they could help with pain management. The medical center she is currently at does not offer long-term care, and we were told on Saturday that once they had her medication stabilized that she would either go home and receive home care, or be transferred to a facility that is set up for long-term care.
However, since I saw her yesterday, Mum’s condition has declined. We were told this morning that unless she has a huge turnaround, she is going to stay at the current hospice facility.
This is one of the most difficult sentences I’ve ever had to write, but I honestly do not know how much time we have left with Mum. The doctor basically told us this morning that we may only have a few days left with her.
If you can, I’d really appreciate it if you would keep my mum (and our family) in your thoughts and prayers this week. We are continuing to take things one day at a time, but this is (without a doubt) the hardest thing we have gone through as a family.
Thank you so much for your support!