An Update on Mom

Mom had her surgery today. Good news, I suppose, in that it was “only” double bypass instead of the triple variety.

Better news — after spending five hours in the OR she did as expected with no surprises. Doctor was pleased with the results and thinks it is really going to help Mom when she is fully recovered.

She’s in ICU for at least 24 hours, depending on how she starts to take control of her heart rate and breathing without help from machines. These first 24 hours are the most critical. But, while she’s not completely in the clear yet, doctor feels good that things will continue the way they are headed.

My brother and sister and I were all there today, along with Tom’s wife. We were fortunate that her surgery started later than we thought which meant that the three of us got to see her before she was brought to the operating room. That was a good thing for each of us.

In typical Mom fashion, she didn’t think we needed to be there and had told us not to come up until Saturday. Um, no. Sorry, Mom. Of course we were going to be there!

So then it was just wait time for at least five hours. It actually went pretty quickly — of course having a good book helps the time go by fairly quickly.

Doc came up after surgery (after calling my cell phone from the operating room…cool) and explained to us what happened and what to expect. Then, about 40 minutes later, we were able to see her. She was still sedated, but it was good to see  her and have the chance to say a short thankful prayer under my breath. Because, I have to tell you, I was nervous. More than I expected to be.

So now we wait and start the recovery process. She’ll be in Boston at least until Monday, if not Tuesday or Wednesday. She might come home then or go to a rehab facility to help with physical therapy and diet.

Not sure when I’m going up again. Might go Friday and then Sunday. Just not sure yet.

Thank you to all of you for your thoughts and prayers for Mom and my family these last few days. I can’t tell you how much that level of support means and meant to me. You all helped me deal with something that is not easy to deal with….and  you did it well.

I am blessed to have such awesome friends.

Thanks again! And please keep Mom and our family in your prayers for another few days!

12 Comments on “An Update on Mom”

  1. Stormy says:

    GREAT news!!! Go Mom!!!

  2. fritz says:

    what a relief! will keep thinking of all of you!

  3. Barb says:

    That is great news….. Will keep up the positive thoughts and prayers….

  4. Sara says:

    This is wonderful news….I will keep sending my well wishes and those killer Sara hugs your way.

  5. Melissa says:

    So glad to hear she is doing well! I hope it continues that way. Best wishes to your mom for a speedy recovery!

  6. JenBun says:

    That is great news, and I’m SO glad to hear it! (well, read it…) 🙂

    Big hugs to you and your mom… gentle ones for her, of course!

    We’ll keep thinking about you and your family…

  7. L B says:

    you all are on my mind. your mama is tough, i like her!!!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hey – I’m just catching up on some reading, so I’m sorry I didn’t send you well wishes prior to this happening. But I’m so happy to hear that your mom is doing well. Now that I know, I’ll be sending double & triple warm wishes her way – and your way! Let me know if Wade and I can be of any assistance with Aiden & Erin…. or anything else for that matter. We’re just down the road & a phone call away. love, me

  9. Chelle says:

    I’m still so happy for you and your family that this turned out well. Hope all was good today, too.

    Erin and I had a party in the office while everyone was gone and redecorated… NOT!


  10. Janette says:

    So glad it went well and that the medical staff is top notch. Your Mom sounds like a very strong woman. I can relate to her saying she didn’t think you needed to be there. I just tell my Mom that I don’t do it all for her, and that I enjoy her company and want to be there to help. Seems to do the trick. Prayers will continue.

  11. betamom says:

    Such great news! Continued love and wishes for a healthy recovery for your mom!

  12. Carrie says:

    See good thoughts pile up! You’ve got mountains of them from the looks of these posts 🙂

    Wishing Mom a speedy recovery!

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