Thursday, January 1, 2009

An Update On My Mom and Happy New Year!

Oh, my Sweet Dearest Ones! I want you to know how I have appreciated your prayers and concerns about my Mother. Well, things are so much better! God is good and He does answer prayers and for now, we feel pretty comfortable at this time.

Most of you know Mother has been living with us since the hurricane and all of her things and furniture are at our house. I have a scrap booking room off the den and we had filled it up with her things. Mr. Precious decided to move it all to the garage and rented a hospital bed and we've set her up there! The bed has nice high rails so she can't fall out of the bed any more.

Other than her pain I do believe the biggest culprit was the Vicodin the doctor had given her for the pain. I knew she had allergic reactions to it and told the doctor, but he said she needed it. Dear Ones, she took this medicine two days and was just crazy and wiggling around constantly. Wednesday I had to take her to the orthopedic doctor and the only appointment we could get was 8:30am so to bed early on Tuesday. I decided to sleep across the hall from her so I could hear her. Now that it's over, it's almost comical...you know how I love to tell stories, so here goes...

I get her settled and she's talking out of her head. I promise you all night long my Mother talked - she saw little children riding on the blades of the celing fan, she saw a little girl in her closet who wouldn't come out, little children were running through the house and taking things, she talked to her sisters, her cousins, Mr. Precious, me, dead people, angels, and she kept saying, " I know you can hear me, why won't you answer me!" Oh, she saw me and I had dyed my hair snow white! She was saying, now your hair was so pretty why did you make it white? lol But she also said I got down in her face and was making faces at her and kicking her! Oh, my! I would go into her room to try and calm her down and tell her she needed to try and get some rest because we were going to see the doctor the next day. She would say, okay, I'll try. I would just lie down again and I would hear her - she was trying to get out of the bed again! Talking and trying to get out of the bed and with moans and groans in between - all night long! I just had dozed off a few minutes and the call button on the intercom went off. I hop out of the bed and go to her room and she just poking that button like everything. I say, Mother, I'm here, what do you want. She looks at me with a very mean face and says, I'm trying my best to get the soap to come out of this dispenser! It must be broken!
I really could go on and go...you get the picture.

We got her down the stairs the next morning - actually we called the A Med group who came with a little chair with tank like treads and strapped her in and rolled her down the stairs and put her in my car. She continued to talk rather silly all the way to Houston. The doctor x-rayed her arm and said it looked better than thex-ray that was taken Sunday. Her arm had actually started to mend a bit! Hallelujah! Is God good or what?

With Mother being more alert, it is easier to handle her and her legs are stronger. I will call her doctor tomorrow and try to get a nurse who can come and help bath her and check her out. That would really help me alot.

I have read all of your comments and I appreciate them so much. I want you to know how I have felt your prayers and I've told Mother all about all of you and how you're praying for her. I am going to copy and print all of your comments so she can read them herself.

Blessings to all my wonderful friends and my prayer for you is to have a wonderful Happy New Year!

You are my sweeties,
Shelia :)

54 comments:

  1. Praise the lord!!! I am glad you found a solution. And that your mom is doing better.
    Hugs, Terrie

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  2. Dear Shelia, I am so very relieved that your mother's arm is beginning to heal (thank God!!) and that you have a hospital bed to keep her safe. While I know her distraction must have upset you, some of the things she said were quite funny. I am sure once she feels better she will laugh about the soap dispenser. I earnestly pray that she will continue to feel better, and that you will be able to get some rest soon! May God bless and watch over all of you!

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  3. I had to laugh reading your post, Sorry! I was feeling bad for Mom, but really sheila you are too funny!
    It reminded me of the time my Grandmother had fallen and really banged herself up, the Dr. requested I stay with her overnight, waking her once an hour (she had a concussion) that wasn't a problem as her grandfather clock kept me up all night. After waking her several times, see angrily told me SHE WAS FINE! LOL

    Speedy Recovery to Mom....

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  4. Hang in there dear Sheila! It will get better...you are strong enough!

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  5. Hi Shelia,
    I'm so glad your mom is better! You are so sweet to take such good care of her.

    Happy New Year!

    Diane

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  6. My hubby had the same problem with vicodin when he broke his ribs several years ago, honey!! That's strange because it does just the opposite for me. Simply takes away the pain and no hallucinations! But it does react like that on most people. I'm just lucky I guess. I couldn't have been without it on monday or tuesday! Whooooo, chickee, it was bad. Feeling fine now.
    Smooches,
    Connie

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  7. Hi Shelia, so glad that things are looking up at your house. The hospital bed on the first floor is a great idea! I know it wasn't a bit funny at the time, but your mom's reaction to her medication sure did cause her to say some funny things. Still, it's frightening when a loved one is behaving that way, because you know something is very wrong and feel powerless to fix it.

    Hopefully each and every day will be a bit better now for Miss Lucille as her arm continues to heal. I am continuing to pray for all of you!

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  8. Happy NEW Year to all of you!

    Tom and I are so glad that mom is doing better. PTL!! We will continue to pray for her...and keep her on our PRAYER LIST!

    ~Blessings,
    Jan & Tom

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  9. Thank you Lord! You poor thing. I must admit I did giggle just a little when you said soap...sorry but it was kinda funny in a sad way. I cant take pain meds myself. The last one I have taken was 18 years ago when my son was born. I thought I was going to go crazy. My skin felt like it was crawling, ick. Not a nice feeling. The next two babies were without and much nicer. Im so glad things are looking up and her little arm is on the mend. God is good but you know that~ smiles and hugs yalls way!

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  10. Hello Sheila; Praise the Lord. I am so happy to hear the good news about how the Lord is healing your sweet Mom. I hope you are able to get a good nights sleep dear friend. My Prayers are still with you all. You know when things do get better, you do find the humor in the bad, I could write a book about my Dad.lol

    Hang in there friend. Have a Blessed New Year.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  11. So glad there is some improvement. Still praying and hoping that you get some rest now. Take care of yourself - you won't be help to your Mom if you get down, too. Sally

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  12. Oh girl this is indeed great news...I have been praying so strong for your mama..and Vicodrin does that to some people..I take it all the time for my back and I could drive a car with it..I don't feel it..just the pain...hugs and smiles Gloria

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  13. I am happy a solution was found. Good thing you have that extra room to use for her and have space for a hospital bed too. Now that she is starting to mend, it should get easier. Hang in there. But don't hesitate to get extra help if you need it. We can't have you getting worn out too. Happy New Year. I hope things get better for you.

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  14. Dear Shelia...I'm so glad your mom is on the mend! You must be so relieved! All my best to you and your family fro 2009...Happy New Year...Debbie

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  15. Oh, Honey, I had to LOL when I read your description of the visions your sweet little mother had after taking Vicodin. That's the culprit all right. My husband and I went through the exact scenario with his mother, who saw horrifying nightmare visions after being given morphine. Narcotis and the elderly just don't go well together! Hubby's father and my father have also had similar reactions to narcotics. But if doctors/nurses are willing to take the time they can eventually find something to help with their pain that doesn't create these hallucinations. My mother-in-law was finally able to take Tyleno #3 and Darvocet after falling and breaking her arm. I'm so glad your mom is doing beter now. It's wonderful she can be with you. We are in a difficult situation with my dad being so ill and 600 miles away. Don't forget to take care of you too! And don't be shocking your mom with that bleached white hair!

    Good luck and happy New Year, Shelia. May it be filled with love and joy...Kathy

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  16. I'm glad your Mom is on the mend! It is a miracle that the bones are already mending! I'm sorry I laughed a bit but the soap dispenser ending is funny! My Mom talks in her sleep and when she steals a little catnap now and then it can be hilarious! ~ Robyn

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  17. I'm so glad things are better with your mom. Medication can do funny things to older people - and they need a lot less of a dose (almost a children's dose sometimes).
    Know we are praying for you and for your mom.
    May your New Year be so much better!!
    Hugs.
    Ruthie

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  18. Thank the Lord that your mom's arm is starting to heal.I know this is hard on you Sheila.I will be in continued prayer for your mom .Tell her I said hi and get well soon.

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  19. I'm so glad that your mother is starting to heal!

    Thank you for sharing that it was vicodin that made your mother talk all night. The night of surgery and the next night, I had a 77 year old roommate who literally talked ALL night long! And some of it was pretty bizarre. I thought she had dementia and told the nurses about it. Now I wonder if it was her meds. Sadly, I had no sympathy at the time because I was in such miserable pain of my own and needed to rest. Thank goodness the morphine and percocet didn't do anything like that to me, but it did give me some funny dreams.

    Kady

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  20. Oh Sheila my father has the same reaction to morphine and even on his last visit to hospital someone gave it to him by accident and he was imagining all sorts of things. He remembers all of it too unfortunately. I am so glad your mother was only taking it for a couple of days.

    Thank goodness her arm in on the mend and that is a wonderful sign as to how healthy she must be too.

    I am hoping you are able to have a rest now and can relax a little now you know that your mother is on the mend.

    I have been praying for you both. Take Care. You mean a lot to us here in the blogging world.

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  21. I'm happy to hear that things are going well now.
    So I guess that is why some people get addicted to Vicodin. I've never experience anything like that myself but I know someone that has done some real strange things when on pain med.

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  22. My continued prayers for you and your Mom. May God bless you both and give you peace.

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  23. Shelia, you could easily have been writing about my mother! We went through a bad patch,due to medication. Mother was convinced someone was trying to harm her great grandchildren. She "saw" many of the things your mother saw. At 4'10" and 95 to 100 lbs, Mother was tiny, but very spunky! She was ready to fight for her family's safety, whatever it took. When the meds were better regulated, she returned to our "mom" again!

    Good news, things are going better. Continued prayers!

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  24. GM Sweetness, I sure am glad to hear things are improving at your place. Hope you can get the extra help with your Momma too. Hang in there.

    Love Ya,
    Chris

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  25. So glad things are getting better with your mother. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs,
    Carol

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  26. We will continue to think of you and your mom. I'm so glad you were able to fit your home to make it all work. That's really a blessing.

    I wonder if your mom will remember any of that craziness?

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  27. I will continue to keep your mom in my prayers for a quick healing. Those drugs were making her crazy...it really is funny how you are describing it. I'm sure not so funny while it was happening! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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  28. Oh Shelia...God is good & He is watching over your dear mother... I'm glad that you are able to see the humorous side of such a trying time...but it doesn't surprise me because of your sweet, positive attitude toward life. Blessings, Bo

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  29. Your poor mama. Poor you and Mr. Precious! Pain medication can be wicked. I experienced hallucinations when I had my right knee replaced. It is still a terrifying part of my memory. It's so REAL.
    I'm glad that the arm is mending and this means that your mother will be herself after that nasty stuff works through. God is good. I'll keep praying for all of you.

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  30. I'm so glad your mom's arm is getting better.
    I hope things continue to improve with her.

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  31. Good morning Shelia. I'm glad to read that your mother's arm is doing better! I took vicodin once and it made me so sick. I think the pain is easier to deal with!

    I hope your mother's arm continues to mend quickly!

    take care,
    Dawn

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  32. I thank God.I was truly worried about you and your MOM.God Is so good to us.Now,a real,Hppy New Year...Ann

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  33. Shelia, Watch those meds! My 86 year old Mom fell and broke three ribs. The doctor at the hospital put her on a med that caused her to turn into someone other than my Mom! She talked out of her head, went back to childhood days and kept trying to get up. We insisited that they take her off that med. And - she turned back into herself! Be affirmative. I'm glad things are getting better for you and your Mom. Hugs to you!

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  34. Hi there! So relieved to hear your Mother is improving. My hat is off to you as I know how stressful caring for someone who doesn't know what she is saying can be. But there is light at the end of your tunnel and all the kind thoughts and prayers helped. You are a very special woman, Ms. Shelia.

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  35. Hi Shelia, So glad your mother's arm is mending. God is soooooo GOOD! How wonderful that your mother has a daughter like you to help her at this time. Your little stories gave me a chuckle today. Those meds can make one really loopy. It was BP meds that actually took my husband's life. I haven't been able to say much about it on my blog (don't want to be sued). I'll be talking to a lawyer about it as soon as I'm up to it, then perhaps I can share at least part of our story in order to help someone else to avoid what we've gone through. xoxo

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  36. I'm so glad she is healing and you've got her in a safer bed. How sad for her to go through the problems with the meds. I can't imagine what an awful night it must have been for you both! I hope things get better quick and you'll be able to relax a bit. You must be so tense and run down! I'll continue to keep you both in my prayers.

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  37. PS: I'm so glad I've met you! I'm adding your link to my blog friends link. Happy New Year and I'm looking forward to blogging with you in 2009. xoxo

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  38. Isn't it horrible that the medications can sometimes make matters worse? I've been through that with my mother -- nights of staying awake hearing about people who are dead and people I've never even know, and people who don't exist (other than in her mind). I remember laying awake, praying that she could sleep. The news about her arm is so encouraging, and perhaps now things will start to improve. I still have all of you in my prayers. I know it is not easy, but remember you need to take care of yourself too. You will not be any good to your mother if you get sick. laurie

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  39. Shelady! What a RELIEF! I know that God answers prayers and have prayed that she would be healed and pain free! Yea! PTL! :-)

    That is a funny story bout the little people, and I feel sure that Mother Precious will enjoy laughing about it when you tell her! God really does give us laughter to get through things.

    I don't understand doctors when people tell them that a patient is allergic to a particular drug, and the insist on prescribing it! That happened to my husband who had a bad reaction to codeine. Fortunately, we got it taken care of in time!

    Here's hoping they can give her something that will not only help her but YOU! LOL! ;-)

    Sending much love and many prayers to you and to her and to sweet Mr. Precious and Chloe Dawn who is obviously traumatized that Mother Precious is talking to fairies. ;-)

    XO,

    Sheila... if you get a chance, run by my blog. I think Friday's post on there that will give you a much-needed chuckle. ;-)

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  40. Oh, Shelia, I am so glad to hear that your mother is starting to get better! I am sorry to hear about the trouble with the drugs. My hubby has two that he can't take so I understand.
    I hope that things continue to get better quickly.

    I know that you are very busy, but if you can find the time I have the information about an art give-away on my blog today. Perhaps it could be a gift for your sweet mother. I think it would be perfect.

    *hugs*

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  41. Hi Sheila,

    Just checking in to see how things are going, so glad to hear your Mum is a bit better.

    Even in the darkest of times you can find some humor, good for you, it's the best medicine I find !!! I must tell you I had a similar experience with a painkiller. I pray I never have to take one again !!!

    I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

    You ARE a sweetie,
    Kathy :)
    jokaj@comcast.net

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  42. So glad to hear that your mom is doing better. Isn't is amazing what medicine can do? When my husband was put on meds after his heart sugery he would get up and wander around the bedroom looking for the bathroom....he would just walk in circles...I would have to lead him to the master bath and back to bed!
    Happy New Year!
    Penny

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  43. Sheila
    VERY happy to hear your Mom is doing better. What a wonderful daughter you are to care for her.... and SOOOOO strong...to be able to laugh when things are NOT funny...a rare gift you have my friend! It would have been very easy for you to have gotten down and depressed (and understandably so)...but as usual...you rise above the turmoil....singing all the way!

    God bless you!

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  44. When will doctors actually listen to patients? You told the doctor she had reactions to that particular drug and instead of giving her something else he went ahead and gave her something that was obviously too strong for her. The poor dear. I'm happy to hear that her arm is mending and that you now have a plan in effect. All my best to you.

    God bless you.

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  45. Dear Shelia, that vicodin is serious meds! Glad your mom is healing, you are so strong, I really admire you, God bless you and your family!

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  46. BLESS her heart and YOURS too! I'm so glad you are able to keep her at your house! You are a wonderful daughter to take such great care of your sweet little mama. Sorry she had to do the Vicodin thing....that can REALLY mess you up. Prayers and thoughts continue to come your way from me! Take care!

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  47. Thanks to God that things are better.

    We girls love our mommas. ;-)

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  48. I am so so thankful that the healing process has started for your mother. I know how worried you have been and i know all our prayers helped. There's nothing in the world that works like PRAYER.
    xo bj

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  49. Sweetie, BJ just took the words right off my computer~~~ am keeping your Mom, and you, in my daily thoughts and nightly prayers, my friend. Love, Linda

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  50. I think you will find the hospital bed a godsend, we did. It is so much easier to care for someone that is higher from the floor than the standard bed.
    Hope everything continues in a positive vein.
    Thoughts and prayers still coming your way.

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  51. *hugs* Shelia I was so happy to read your post and learn things are looking up...literally.
    I know that meds can do some very strange things to people and its so difficult to look after your mom. Good thing you were able to move her downstairs and you could be closer to her.
    I'm happy that it is mending...give her a hug from us all and keep in touch.
    I hope today is an even more positive day!!
    Judi

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  52. I'm so happy to hear that you've found something that will work for you while having Mother home with you as well.
    Poor dear, the vicodin must have really sent her a whirl! I'm also allergic to the stuff, I detest it!
    Hugs (gentle ones for Mother) and prayers continueing

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  53. Thinking of you today and wishing all good things (especially health) for Mother Precious. :-)

    XO,

    Sheila

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  54. Hi Shelia! I just read about your mom and I am sorry she was hurt but glad that she is better. I hope my prayers are still welcomed cause I will be praying for her too. Happy New Year!....Christine

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