Monday, August 22, 2011

Okay God, You have my attention....


What a dang-blasted, stressful week this has been!  It's been one of those weeks when I keep asking "what else could go wrong?" and God, in His sense of humor, keeps showing me what else could go wrong....

First off, I have to say a great BIG thank you to all of my sweet on-line friends who took the time to write me such sweet, encouraging notes of comfort and offers to let me vent.  Ya'all are treasured more than you could ever imagine!  Just knowing that other people care and pray and understand and think of my mom and me makes a world of difference!
Okay, here we go.... I've learned that my mom is in sort of a "donut hole" when it comes to medical care.  She has long-term care insurance, but PROVING that she NEEDS long-term care is proving to be head-banging impossible!  She has been diagnosed with dementia and congestive heart failure and kidney failure, but apparently, that's not enough for the long-term care folks.  I can't tell you how often I've had to literally sleep with one ear open so that I can hear the medicine cabinet door open (she goes in search of pain pills or pills that she's sure she's forgotten to take,,,I'm sure she hasn't).  The pills have been hidden away along with the car keys.  She can barely stand up without getting dizzy and short of breath - I can't imagine what she'd do behind the wheel of a car...so I'm making sure that WON'T happen.  She's given me holy heck for "hiding" her pills and keys, but I have to do what I can to try and keep her safe.
Then...On Friday night, our little sweetie fur baby had a seizure.  She seemed to recover okay, but we watched her closely through the night on Friday.  When she woke up on Saturday, she had a stroke!  She had no control of any of her legs, her head lolled to one side, her tongue hung out one side of her mouth and her eyes wouldn't focus correctly.  We'd call her name and she'd try to look around but she couldn't focus in the right direction.  She'd try to walk, but her feet would go out from under her...to say we were terrified is an under-statement!  We were in a strange town and needed a skilled vet!  We were so blessed to find the sweetest, most patient, skilled vet in the world right in this little town!  Dr. S. was great!  She gave our sweetie a very thorough going-over!  Her theory is that the dog might have licked one of my mom's flowers which may have had fertilizer on it.  (My mom has a HUGE yard that has LOTS of flowers!).  Her second theory (which she said was less likely, but still possible, is that the dog picked up on our stress level and stressed herself out).  Long story short, after an I.V. and careful watching, our fur baby seems to be getting back to her happy, attention-demanding self!  We are so grateful on soooooo many levels.  I just can't imagine what would have happened to us if we would have lost our baby in the middle of all the rest of the mess we find ourselves in.  Who could not love this little face????
We're also a little also concerned about Hurricane Irene...we live right on the beach and if it gets a little too close to the coast of Florida, I'm not sure what we're going to do...

Anyway, it's been a bad/good week.  We still don't know what we're going to do with my mom, but my fur baby is going to be okay and around to beg us for treats for hopefully a long time!  We're praying that the hurricane heads off to sea and doesn't affect anyone anywhere!  I know that the people in the Bahama's are in the target - I pray that they stay safe and suffer only minimal, easily-repairable damage.

Again, bless you all and thanks for all the love and support!!!

I "cherish" each one of you!!!!

Hugs,
*Sharon




















4 comments:

mdgtjulie said...

Oh, Sharon, there is so much going on for you. I'm so sorry it's been so stressful with your mom. I can't imagine what you need to prove you need long term care. And I hope she makes it easier to take care of her. I know, it's not likely, but I can't help but hope, for your sake. Feel free to email me if you need a sympathetic ear! Will continue to say prayers for you and your mom, and the furbaby as well. Glad she's recovering!!!

Terry said...

I'm so sorry about all the craziness going on in your life. Insurance people are something else aren't they??!!

We're with you on the hurricane staying away from us. At this point in time it does look like it's going to miss most of the state but you never know as we learned back in 2004. It seemed like Charlie bounced back and forth forever and finally on the day it hit was when we finally knew to batten down the hatches. Most people thought it'll never hit but....

You and your family are in our thoughts. Hope things settle down and they figure out that your mom does need the long term care soon.

Edgar said...

So much on your plate - always in our thoughts and lots of pryers for you, your mother, your furbaby and the wacky weather. Hold tight!!! Big Hugz!!!

Sari said...

Just had to comment about your adorable tzu!!
Greetings from a secretary of another Chinese Lion