Sunday, November 20, 2011

Update from California

Originally posted on Live Journal: Suburban Eschatology Part Two (November 12, 2010)

Current Location:
Fair Oaks, CA


Well, I guess checking my email every day or two was a bit optimistic this week, since it has been a week since I have been on-line.  Mom had a bit of a setback on Tuesday and ended up being rushed back to the hospital in an ambulance.  Turns out that she developed Congestive Heart Failure from all of the fluids they pumped into her to get her kidneys working again.


She was back home by Wednesday afternoon, though, and is doing very well.  She is on meds to get rid of the excess fluids, is breathing better, and apparently has suffered no permanent heart damage.


But Melissa and I have been busy since then.  Tried to make it out yesterday, but by the time we were done with the drop in nurse and the physical therapist, it was getting too late to find a café.


We're all doing well enough, though.  Just getting by one day at a time.  Mom's strength is returning, and we are getting her appointments set up for next week to start with her follow up care and to start  addressing the issues that led to her collapse last week. 


There is a lot of work to be done, and it looks like I'll be setting up camp in Sacramento for quite some time.  Today is also the first time I've had in quite some time to sit down and to follow up on some business I've been neglecting up north, but hopefully I can resolve any current loose ends right now without having to make an unexpected hell run up I-5. 


Right now, my plans are pretty vague.  Depending on some things, right now it looks like I'll probably be down here, though, except for maybe one week this month, and probably next month will look pretty much the same as this one.


Melissa is back from Europe on paid leave from the Air Force and can probably stay through the end of the year, but, right now, it is still a lot of work for one person to handle on their own.  Since I also have more experience dealing with these sorts of issues than she does, I hesitate leaving her on her own for more than a week or so at a time for the next couple months.  Not that she is not plenty capable on her own, she is, but all the help she can get makes it a better situation for everyone involved; Melissa, Mom, and Mario (Mom's husband, who is exhausted from working full time on top of looking out for Mom for the last year).


 The good news, though, is that, at this point, there appears to be no reason why Mom should not be able to get back up to nearly full speed in the next couple months, but getting here there will take a lot of work from all of us.


As for myself, I am hanging in there.  For the most part, I really couldn't have scheduled a better time for something like this to come up.  Still, it is tough being away from home.  I am using my phone a lot keeping in touch with everyone back up north, and I am starting to get to know a few people down here and getting settled into some interesting meetings here.  So I am hanging in there, except for a nasty cold that wiped me out pretty bad last Sunday and Monday.


So all is as well as can be.  And for that, I am very grateful.

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