Long day today at the hospital. Doctors offered us a ray of hope regarding Mom’s condition: she has an infection. Why is it potentially good news that she has an infection? Well, there is the possibility that her near comatose state may be caused by an infection causing the liver to act up. Perhaps, just maybe, getting rid of the infection might clear up her liver functions. So far, no organs including her already damaged liver have failed.
You see, when she was so sick two years ago, the cancer did a lot of damage to her liver before it was stopped in its tracks by treatment. She regained a normal life but the damage was already done to the liver. We’re hoping this infection, which we’re told involves a not very aggressive form of bacteria, can be cleared up and she can once again return to “normal”. It’s a long shot but we are grasping at the only straws within reach.
What makes us even more hopeful, and probably unrealistically so, is that she did stare down death once before. Can she hit the life/death Mega-Millions again? We have to believe she can. We’ll know in a couple of days. If things don’t work out she’ll be in the St. Johns Hospice by the end of the week. Oh, the stress.
Mom had a lot of visitors today. She was too out of it to know it though, except for her best friend who I think made a connection. Her friend was in to say goodbye and did so at length. At one point mom reached for her and looked at her. It was like she was either trying to hug her friend or maybe reaching out in a plea for help for her friend to pull her from the jaws of death. Either way, that was the most we’ve seen from mom in a couple of days now.
I’m also stuck by how nice it is to be from somewhere. I’ve never been all that big on having roots in any community but its obvious my family’s roots run pretty deep here as we keep running into medical personnel who we know. In fact, mom’s infectious disease doctor knows her personally through the community and church work my mom has done. It’s a great feeling to know the doctor who might be able to save your mothers life has a personal interest in making it so.
Today’s done, now tomorrow.