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Sorry ladies, for going MIA on you this weekend and I don't expect to be online tomorrow either. I was supposed to have had a relaxing & fun weekend, looking forward to a family get together on Saturday, and then my Mom was going to stay with us for a couple of weeks. Instead, we've been at the hospital all of yesterday & today, and again tomorrow.
To make a long story short, my Mom has multiple health issues. She started having heart problems in the last year, and during Labor Day weekend she ended up being hospitalized down where she lives with my youngest brother. After they did their tests down there, her doctor wanted her to see a Cardiologist, but there wasn't any one close (maybe one 3 hours away). Her doc gave her permission to come up here and visit me for a couple of weeks as long as she took it easy and in the meantime he was going to search for the closest doctor and hospital down where they live for her to have her heart checked out. Mom lives in a very rural area (I call it the boondocks). Saturday morning (up here) Mom started having severe chest pains and the nitro pills weren't working so they transported her to a hospital here. She didn't have a heart attack, but it could have turned into one. So basically it comes down to they are going to do the test up here that her doctor was wanting to do down there, a Cardiac Catherization, to look at the heart & arteries and they can fix a blockage if they find one at the same time. They'll be doing this tomorrow morning, and if they don't find anything then she can come home with me tomorrow evening. If they do a stint or balloon, she'll be staying another day or so and then she can come home with me.
I was looking forward to having some Mom time, but spending it at the hospital wasn't quite what I had in mind. But since I've always got to find something to laugh at & keep my spirits up, I do have to admit this is keeping my mind so occupied that this 2WW is flying by and I'm not obsessing over any symptoms right now.
Thanks ladies! My Mom is home with me now. We got some good news/bad news in her situation. Good news is that she didn't have a heart attack and they found no blockages. Bad news is that there isn't much they can do to prevent this from happening again. Apparently, Mom has VERY small arteries and has chest spasms which in her case causes temporary blockages, severe chest pain, and can cause a heart attack if the spasm does not go away in a timely manner. She is to continue keeping her blood pressure & cholesterol under control, have the nitro pills with her at all times, and if the spasms don't go away after taking the nitro pills to immediately head to the emergency room. The poor thing is all black & blue from being poked so much these past few days, and is quite weak but is starting to feel better. She's currently enjoying her coffee (decaf of course) and some wheat toast for breakfast. She's an early riser like me, and has been up for a little while. I have to go back into work today, but will check in with her frequently.