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To All of my Friends........

Dec 23, 2009 - 5 comments

I want to thank everyone who left me notes/messages today -- I posted my mood this morning early because I knew I was going to have a hard day and wouldn't be able to be online.  You can't imagine how I felt when I logged on to see all the notes and messages.  It makes me feel so special and I can't tell you what your caring means to me.  

Please forgive me for not answering each one individually........because they are all SO important...........you'll never imagine.......

Necessarily, my mood was pretty vague because I had limited information about my aunt.  But now that I have a bit of time before I totally crash for the night, I'd like to take this opportunity to fill you in on some of the details.  

First off, this lady that is my aunt, is one of the dearest, sweetest people I have ever known, but technically, she is related to me only by marriage -- her brother was my stepfather -- the man who raised me from the time I was 3 yrs old and who passed away in 2000.  I have been very close to my aunt for many years, but especially so since my husband and I moved to FL in 1993.  Her husband passed away in the late 70's and they had no children.  When we moved here in '93, the relationship that I had with my aunt truly blossomed.  Since then we have spent many happy days together and as her age has limited her abilities, I've become sort of her "keeper" even though I don't live close enough to see her daily.  I take her to get her groceries, see her doctor(s) and whatever else she needs.  I call her on the phone no less than every other day, but often every day, to make sure she is okay.  

Well, yesterday, I called her -- "routine" call - really no such thing.  She didn't answer the phone, but that's happened before.  She's 90 yrs old, doesn't move quickly and if she happens to be in the bathroom or something, she just can't get to the phone.  Not to worry right away, I call again in a few minutes, but within 15 minutes, I panic...........this is what happened yesterday.........

Anyway, turns out that she had showered, fell backward into the bathtub, cut the back of her head (3 staples) and has 3 compressed fractures in her vertabrae.........She has stage 4 osteoporosis, so at her age, they won't do surgery, but they did call in an orthopedic surgeon.  They will fit her for a brace to keep her back straight and she will be in a rehab center for at least 8-10 weeks...........

Let me back up --- yesterday after I couldn't get her and called the neighbor, who in turn called paramedics and called me back, my husband and I left for the hour and 1/2 trip to the hospital.  This all started shortly after 5:00 pm ET yesterday......Hubby drove that round trip -- thank goodness because I don't think I could have made it alone.....I dropped my totally exhausted body into bed about 1:30 am this morning; then I got up at 4:30 am, showered and took off again for the hospital to make sure I didn't miss the doctor.......I spent about 7 hrs there, then the hour and 1/2 trip back home, getting here about 3:00 pm.  

I can't go into the stress involved in the day -- but after I got home, I did some house work, wrapped gifts -- oh, forgot to mention that we are/were supposed to have Christmas dinner at my house -- yep, the original plan was that I would go get my aunt tomorrow morning (Christmas Eve day) and she was to spend several days with us while I'm on Christmas break...........

I have very mixed feelings right now --- a lot of you  have read my posts in which my pcp decreased my thyroid med based on TSH (0.01) when actual thyroid levels were =< mid range.......he sent me straight to "hypo he//" and just last Friday, my endo increased my dosage --- unfortunately, that's not long enough to get the full effect from it, so I am totally exhausted and I know this is going to be a situation that's going to consume me for some time.  

Tomorrow, we will make the hour and 1/2 trip back to the hospital to celebrate our Christmas with my aunt at the hospital and plan to do Christmas dinner as planned, except we will be missing a VIP.......Tomorrow, my husband will go with me and hopefully he will drive........ oh yeah, he better............I have to get up in the morning, do some cleaning, wrap some more gifts, etc -- how horrible is it, that I get tired just thinking of it........I'll take my "blankie" an try to snuggle up/sleep on the drive...........

THANKS TO EVERYONE ------- you are my heroes..............



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535822 tn?1443976780
by margypops, Dec 23, 2009
Hey Barb didnt catch your message today about your Aunt but I am so sorry and hope she does okay,sounds painful, what a day you had and all the plans you had made, and you not feeling good aswell. makes it harder. fingers crossed she will mend well, Hugs Marg

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by TrudieC, Dec 23, 2009
Glad she will be kind of OK.  Thank God she has you and your husband there.  I'm sure this will still be a very special Christmas for you.  Love and hugs, Trudie

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by Barb135, Dec 24, 2009
Thank you guys.........

It has been determined that my aunt will be transferred from the hospital to a rehab center, where she will receive therapy and recover before going back to her home.  With her level of osteoporosis, it could be a slow recovery, but the doctors thought probably 8-10 weeks.  My greatest fear right now is that she will get pneumonia, as she tends to want to just sit or lay when she's in any pain at all.  

They have had her on pretty high levels of morphine, so we will have to see how it goes once she's taken off that, which could be sometime today, since the transfer to the rehab center will take place either tomorrow or the next day.  I will find out more details when I get down there this afternoon.  

I can't tell you all, how much your love support means to me.  

Wishing you all the very best Christmas and wonderful New Year.  May the coming year be the best ever!!



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by twehner5, Dec 24, 2009
You know my thoughts and prayers are continuously with you.  Angie sounds like a precious woman, but what a devoted niece you are.  I pray that you will be granted good health as well, Barb.  You will need your health and strength, too.  Please take care!  You are helping SO MANY people - here and elsewhere.

If this had happened last year when I was in FL for Christmas, I would have visited you and Angie.  I was not that far from where she is...  Oh, well.  I will meet you someday, I'm sure...

Love and HUGS...........................

649848 tn?1534633700
by Barb135, Dec 24, 2009
Hey "twee" come on --- we need you now............thanks so much for being you.........yep, we WILL lay eyes on one another one cay...........I'm sure, too.......

(hugs) to everyone.............

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