|This is the end of the sidewalk leading up the hill to the hospital. The road below leads into the main part of the downtown core. Today as I walked to town, there were several emergency vehicles just a few blocks from where this photo was taken. A young man had been run down as he was jay walking. I pray he is all right.|
I didn't think too much of this since I thought the nun could help mom while she was there. I protested that I had a cold coming on. If mom contracted a cold due to my presence she could possibly be in more danger from lung problems than from a nose bleed. The nun insisted I get there quickly. That got me moving as fast as I could.
By the time I arrived at the hospital mom's nose bleed had stopped but as it had been going on for 2 hours she looked like she had been in a terrible fight. Her clothing and her bedding were full of blood and no one had tried to wash the blood from her face. I set to work to start cleaning her at which point the male nurse said he could do it. I declined as I didn't want mom waiting any longer to be changed.
|It is Fall now in Canada. These are the colours of most deciduous trees, although we also have some deeper red colours on maple trees. The most glorious Fall colours are found in eastern Canada. This view is from the top of the hill just before get to the original hospital entrance.|
After spending several hours at the hospital, I also got a chance to meet the attending doctor. He was only attending to mom today. Her family physician called him in especially to address the issue of the nose bleeds which have been happening daily for the past several days. I don't know how to spell the doctor's name but he was such a godsend and such a delightful man. So kind and gentle and very clear in his presentation of mom's condition. He readily informed me when I asked him for an update on several issues of concern. Then he turned around and proceeded to repeat everything to mom.
The doctors in Emergency were concerned that she might get a blood clot in the leg that is infected with cellulitis so they have been administering a blood thinner medication daily. It also seems that a possible blood clot in the lungs were found in the x-rays taken yesterday (Sunday). When I visited mom Sunday evening she did complain of sore back and asked me to rub it as she felt something there that was bothering her. Now I don't know in retrospect if my rubbing the back was a good thing but mom seems to think I saved her life by doing this.
Today she was spitting out a lot of blood clots during her nose bleed. From what she says about the ordeal, it is the worst nose bleed of her life even though she has had some doozies in her lifetime. The specialist ordered blood work which was done at noon and by 2 p.m. he prescribed another IV medication to neutralize the blood thinner. He says they will have to monitor her carefully and that hers was a complicated case since they do need to continue to give her blood thinners.
I left the hospital at 3 p.m. and apparently before the doctor left, he told mom he would not likely be back to see her but that the nursing staff would call him if need be. At 9 p.m., mom called very briefly to let me know the nose bleeding had started again and that the doctor, who was then in the Emergency Room was expected to pop around and see her again. I didn't get any call from the hospital so am trusting everything will be all right and will call the hospital first thing Tuesday. More things happened today that made it a very tough day but I thank God I survived the day relatively intact and feeling less tired and sore than yesterday.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:7
|When I left the hospital a shift change of nurses had just taken place. Here a nurse hurries home.|