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August 20th, 2008

art is my therapy

Mom's progress, etc.

Mom is kicking ass in the hospital!  I was there from 5 to 7 pm last night.  Dad and Shell were there when I got there, then my supervisor, Rosey, and the other receptionist, Barb, showed up.  And then right before I left, Dr. Cho showed up to talk with Mom.  He's very pleased with her progress.  

She walked 75 feet twice yesterday.  And she can bend her knees 90 degrees, which Dr. Cho said not every patient who leaves the hospital can do.  :-)  They aim for 110 degrees.   And they like the patient to be able to walk 200 feet before they discharge.  The doctors, nurses, therapists, etc. meet every Wednesday to discuss each patient and he said they should have an estimated date of discharge after the meeting today.  He mentioned it could even be Monday or Tuesday.  She was also finally beginning to eat more.  She's been struggling so much with that.  Yesterday was the first day where even the thought of eating didn't make her sick.  Yes!  It used to take two people to help her get up out of bed, now she's only requiring a one person transfer.

They will be scheduling a family meeting to advise all of us on what we'll need to do and buy, her treatment, etc. for when she returns home.  Dad and I have to attend as we are the primary caregivers and the other sisters will be there since they will be our "relief staff".  :-)  Every day I see such improvement and progress in her.  I am so proud of her.  So very proud.  She is such a strong, awesome woman.  

After I left her room, I went shopping for the first time in a week.  Best Buy and Walmart.  Oof.  But I needed to pick up supplies for my laptop, so that I can set up my little workstation at the kitchen table.  Let's just say I had a little too much fun.  Bought stuff like a chill hub, cord to transfer info from my desktop to laptop, headset, etc.  Then I splurged and bought a couple of games for my new little baby, whom I think I will name Barton, after Clara Barton.  Fits the circumstances.  Heheheh!

Now all I have to do is wait for the postal service to deliver it to my work address.  Have I mentioned that for about 3-4 days last week, we had no mail services???  They damn well better show up with my computer this week!