Saturday, November 28, 2020

That was the week that was

We had a wonderful Saturday evening with our Hairdresser Friend. We drank Sangrias, ate R's lasagne and had some Scotch. HF came in full drag makeup, slipped on a Dolly Parton wig and one of the late Dame M's late Boarder's frocks. She padded out the red dress out and she looked fabulous. We video chatted with the remaining Brother Friend in Thailand.

Early Sunday morning the landline rang. I didn't bother to get up to answer it. Probably a spam call. It was ABI Brother. About half an hour later Sister called my mobile and told me that Mother had fallen down and had to press her pendant emergency alarm. Apparently she managed to get up again but there was something wrong with her leg that had collapsed under her and was icy cold. What was ABI Brother doing? Her carer? He was so soundly asleep the paramedics couldn't wake him and left him a note. He had drunk far too much and was comatose.

So paramedics were summoned and she was transported to the emergency department of a private hospital at her request and she was admitted. Sunday afternoon I saw her and she looked terrible and was quite distressed, especially when she discovered a vascular specialist had struck off her Federal approved Panadene Forte. Whatever, she had it reinstated. Don't ever mess with Mother's Pandene Forte dosage. Now being a little deaf, she argued with nurses about here medications. I'll visit her on Monday. I didn't.

Five o'clock Monday morning I woke up with a racing heart again. I thought it would settle down but it didn't. I packed a few things and about 7.30 I woke R to call an ambulance. Shocko again to get my heart rate right and blood pressure low. I was booked for an MRI scan on the 1st of December and the hospital cardiologists and my own wanted me to stay in hospital until the scan could be brought forward. It eventually happened Thursday. In the meantime I was constantly monitored and given goodness knows how much IV drip fluids of something. I was going stir crazy in hospital. I couldn't leave the ward as the monitoring device around my neck would disconnect. I was woken in the nights for various checks. I think at least a litre of blood has been extracted from me and my arms are like pincushions. 

The longer I stayed, the more R had to bring in for me and I felt like I was a prisoner in a gaol. Medication was changed and the specialists are now happy with my heart rhythms, although I may have some minor heart surgery in the future.

Strangely while I was disturbed by hospital goings on overnight and woken for tests at various times, I had the best and longest overnight sleep I've had for years. Weird.

I 've tried to work out a common factor with the two incidents but I can't. For a start one was not too late at night and one early morning.

Of course R was stressed by all that was going on around him and with COVID limited visitor numbers, he couldn't see Mother. 

Add to that the complication that Mother's house was sold on the day I went into hospital. Wednesday from hospital I signed electronically on her behalf to an agreement for the sale. There is a three week finance approval time, so until that has passed, it is not actually sold.

Mother is being moved Friday to a rehab hospital but the last time she was there she refused to participate and lay around like lady of the manor with staff underlings. I think she knows better this time as the previous time really left her struggling to walk and she has never been as good since.

The cheery news is that COVID has been totally cleared from my state and only one other Australian state has COVID and is at the end of local lockdown after an outbreak from a quarantine hotel for returning travellers. It hasn't been easy for any of us to get to this stage, but we did it. Of course the poor have suffered the most and surprise, many company profits are up, as is private wealth. The workers? Not so much but most are alive, while we remember the many who died from this disease, especially the elderly in nursing homes. Yes, some may not have lived much longer anyway, but still.

I'd love to show you a front view of our HD friend, but make do with a back view. She is a slightly enhanced real woman. She looked so Dolly Parton, without the large bosom because of breast cancer.

Sister called in to see R and brought flowers to welcome me home after my term in gaol.

The Mornington Peninsula side of the family will not really connect well with the Bellarine Peninsula side. I can't imagine Hippie Niece writing anything like this as Sister's 13 year old daughter Jo wrote to me. She designed the card herself too, although three years ago and had them printed. It is too formal and stilted to write to an uncle and I expect she is showing off, but appropriate writing styles to different people will come to her soon enough.


No matter, highly educated or not, Mornington or Bellarine, I love them all dearly.

40 comments:

  1. WHAT a week. I am glad that you had some highlights and HD friend looks definitely AbFab.
    I am also glad that you have been released from durance vile.
    You love your family dearly and I am very sure that they reciprocate.
    I hope (a lot) that your mother does better in the rehab hospital this time round.

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  2. My goodness, what a week. Glad that you've all made it through.

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    1. James, yes. All back to almost normal. Thanks.

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  3. Oh my gosh Andrew what a time! I can't believe ABI brother slept through all the drama! Poor mum, that would have been a shock for her, sounds like she and her panadiene forte have become good friends. And what about you! You have to stop giving us heart attacks like this, poor R he would've been so stressed at both yourself and mother being incapacitated! Love the photo of your friend in drag, so curvaceous 😊 please look after yourself Andrew, that's two warnings you've had! No one else makes me laugh late at night like you do 😉

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  4. I love Labrador puppies most in the world, but cardiologists are possibly more important. Obey every instruction whether it is losing 10 ks, taking blood pressure tablets daily, walking 2 ks daily etc.

    Wishing you, your mum and everyone else the best of good health.

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    1. Hels, I try pretty hard with lifestyle. Maybe I drink more than I should and I am cutting that right down. Well I have already.

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  5. JFC Andrew I take my eyes off you for a minute and there you go, back to the hospital leaving trails of unfinished doo-dads behind you including Mother departing to her own hospital.

    I do hope it's all sorted out quickly and normal prevails.

    Poor R. Must be so stressful.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. So sorry WWW. I will try to better in future. Thank you.

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  6. It is entirely possible the stress of your mother's hospitalisation kick-started your racing heart, but perhaps now is the time to think about a pacemaker. We'd like you to stick around for much longer please.
    I do hope your mum gets well enough to go home again. On the other hand, maybe a care place where she can be monitored is a better idea, with ABI brother being so deeply asleep he didn't even hear the ambulance. Gold star to R for coping without falling apart.

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    1. River, it probably didn't help. I suppose if I needed a pacemaker I would be told quickly enough. I really don't know if Mother can go home. We will know more tomorrow when we see her. My brother is otherwise quite good at caring for her. I remind him at times that the government pay him very well to look after her.

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  7. I bet your ready for slow or better pace week.
    Stay Safe and Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, next week is looking quite good and relaxing without being boring.

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  8. My goodness you've been having some adventures. I hope you get what's needed for your heart problem; a stent maybe? Best wishes.

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    1. Cro, yes adventures I don't need. After an angiogram, it was judged there was no need for stents. Thank you.

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  9. I told you all that exercise would do you no good. Re. your mum, it's surprising how many hips break then they fall down.
    And here we are thinking R would be the one to have a nervous breakdown. I'm thinking of you, love Jennie

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  10. Oh dear, Jah Teh saying nice things to me. I should be afraid, but thanks.

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  11. What a week! I hope you and your mother have something a little more uneventful waiting for you.

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    1. Kirk, uneventful would be good. Thanks.

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  12. Well my, oh my. You had a good night at your home before things fell into a heap.
    So pleased you are still with us :) What a sensible person you are to pack a bag and so on. Hospital can be very tiring to a patient especially when getting interrupted sleep with Obs and things.
    Sorry to read about your mum, hopefully she will do the physio to get her walking again.
    Your brother being dead to the world and didn't hear a thing, kind of smiled to myself.
    Jo's card and note was lovely for you receive and yes you love them all, of course you do.
    Take care.

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    1. Margaret, fell in a heap they certainly did. Still, onwards and upwards. Thanks so much.

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  13. Did you send Jo an advent calendar or an advent colander? I can now see why you said you would be busy for a few days in your last blogpost. Quite an understatement.

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    1. YP, an advent colander might be fun. Wow! I didn't pick up the spelling error by Miss Little Perfect. I wrote the post about me being busy from my hospital bed on Monday, to be published Tuesday, Australian time of course.

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    2. An advent colander would be more holy* than a calendar.

      *holey?

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  14. Welcome home, take care, take it easy, What a week!

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  15. Wow, you've had a lot of activity there. I hope your mother is recovering well. What a scary situation -- and even scarier that the paramedics couldn't wake your brother. He must have been REALLY out.

    The Dolly Parton dress-up sounds like a hoot!

    As for your heart, take care of yourself! I wonder if stress over your mother triggered it?

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    1. Steve, I don't really think stress over Mother caused it but I don't expect it helped.

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  16. My goodness that was a lot for poor R ! It all cames together ! There are times like this, when it happens, then I wonder afterwards how I managed to go through all that without becoming crazy ! I hope your heart surgery is not for the next years ! Be careful !!

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    1. Gattina, I guess we just get on and do what we have to do at the time. It is a very minor heart procedure.

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    2. So get it done already.

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  17. Don't like to hear of another heart incident for you, but I hope they're on top of it, to control.

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  18. Oh my dear! What a time for you! Better mother goes to rehab right now. Perhaps they can get her stronger. Sad about ABI Bro. Not good at all.
    And you my friend! How scary for you! So, you are home now and I hope feeling better!
    How is R now? I hope his nerves are better.
    I read each line and thought that it been one heck of a week for you!
    Sending love.

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    1. Maribeth, she is in rehab now and participating, which is good. Funnily, the week was mostly hospital boredom. Thank you.

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  19. Gosh Andrew, not having a good time lately. Sorry about your Mom, hope she's doing better, and hopefully you have recovered too. Isn't it strange that when we are in hospital we can't sleep properly as we keep getting awoken for all sorts of things...

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    1. Strayer, I think because I kept being woken when I did sleep, I slept very well.

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  20. oh boy, you've been having quite the time! Sending you all my love x

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    1. You could say that Fen. Thanks.

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