This is a pretty simple update, but I wanted to keep people in the loop.
Mom is currently in a nursing facility for rehab. The nearly week-long stay in the hospital along with having a drain put in left her week and fairly immobile. She tired quickly and her legs lost a lot of strength. That combined with the amount of pain she was in made me realize that I just couldn't take care of her directly from the hospital.
The good news is that rehab has been going VERY well. I no longer worry if she just has to use the bathroom, and I've noticed a HUGE improvement in her walking. She's getting occupational therapy, speech therapy (for memory), and physical therapy every day. It's leaving her completely wiped, but it's good.
The other good news is that after the original draining and the one after it, they haven't gotten much fluid out. The slower the fluid reproduces the better, so that's all great.
Mom and I are now having some harder discussions. They're hard for two reasons: 1) They're kind of complicated and in-depth, and Mom's exhausted. 2) The subject matter. We're talking about things like long-term care as we progress forward. What do we do if she gets better? What do we do if she gets worse? And then we're talking about things in case she doesn't get better. What happens with her dogs? (I'll keep them, of course.) What paperwork is there to be done?
At this point, I'm just looking at the positive side of things. It's all very hard. Mom will be home soon, and I'm excited to have her back, but I'm also terrified. It's hard living with my Mom, and this past year certainly hasn't been easy. I want her to know I love her and care for her, but I'm also worried about my family and my sanity. So, I have to stay positive. Here's to staying sane!