I got thrown a couple of major curve balls by life in the last several days. Blogging suddenly became much less important. I'm still in the midst of a major life upheaval so I'm not sure how much I'll be around. To keep from seeming so mysterious, I'll recap my month so far.
On December 1, my mother and I had a meeting regarding her sister's estate. It got ugly but by the time it was over, things had smoothed out. I left her at her house about 1:30 and moved on with my day. 65MD and I went out to a late lunch/early supper because we had a football game to watch. We had just gotten home and settled in for the game when my sister called.
A friend from church has stopped by my mother's house and discovered she'd had a 'spell' so she called my sister who is a nurse. My sister quickly realized that our mother was in serious trouble. She called 911 and me. 65MD and I met the first responders on the way to her house. My sister had not been able to find a pulse or a BP, but my mother would respond when she was asked a direct question. That was the only way we knew she was alive.
She spend a couple of nights in CCU with dangerously low BP and then a few more nights in the hospital with more stable BP. She was released on Friday with no diagnosis for the cause of the episode although an irregular heartbeat was diagnosed and will be treated with medication. The irregular heartbeat does not cause the sort of symptoms she presented. We've been told we may never know the cause.
As a result, we are all a little nervous about her health. Although, every test came back indicating she was incredibly healthy, we are still concerned. Since we all have this concern, my mother has moved in with 65MD and me at least until Christmas. We are leaving the door open as to how long because she isn't ready to talk about it. That is fine. 65MD and I are glad to have her with us. We are thankful that we are in a position to have her, and so far it has worked well.
The biggest issue we face now, is adjusting her diet to accommodate the new medication. The allowed foods are much higher in carbohydrates than we are used to. 65MD is fine eating whatever is prepared and is doing his best to think of creative menus that will work for the three of us. But that isn't the entire story of the week.
On Thursday, my mother had stabilized to the point that I felt comfortable keeping a therapy appointment I had for my hip. I'll not go in to detail, but the bottom line on that is P90X is off the table for me at this time. I was given a couple of exercises to do to heal my hip, but that is all I am allowed to do at this time.
After a week in the hospital, eating and drinking what kind friends brought by, I was surprised to see that my weight has been somewhat stable. My friends know that I have lost weight, so they brought diet beverages, fruit and the like to the hospital. There was no meaningful exercise, and the few steps I got were from pacing the halls.
I know there is no way that I will make the 1000 mile challenge by the end of the year and I'll likely still weigh over 200 pounds on January 1. Right now, all of that pales in comparison. I'll do my PT exercise faithfully. I will serve my mother the food she needs to be healthy and eat that myself, avoiding the carbs. I will be around as much as possible but I make no promises about blogging once a week or anything like that. I will continue to monitor my weight, and try to at least maintain. I am setting no goals and have no expectations of weight loss.
I very much appreciate prayers during this time of transition. I know that it will all work out as it should. It just might not be a lot of fun getting there.
For the record, I have 889 miles for the year, and I weigh 208.6.
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