Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Today Mom was coherent and lucid. Her memory of the past five days is variable. She stated that it was "a miracle" when my sister and I got there, although we've been there every day since Thursday, between 6 and 12 hours each day.

Her kidneys may be on the mend, although they are not producing enough volume. Her next dialysis treatment is supposed to be tomorrow; they will evaluate her kidney function then and perhaps cancel the treatment. She's on IV antibiotics, which have fought off the pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and (perhaps) abscess in her gut -- we'll see, after a CAT scan later this week.

The hospital social worker wants to talk about a plan for discharge, though that wouldn't happen until next week, at the earliest. I honestly don't believe that we can take care of her at home, considering that multiple systems seem to be compromised. What is amazing -- truly -- is that I'm able to "believe in" a future in which she has been discharged.

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