So those that are Facebook friends know that I  had a status that asked you to send vibes to Boston but not just for the Red Sox.

While the Sox no doubt need good vibes, those that I requested from you are for my Mom. And, well, she needs them, too.

Mom had bypass surgery in January. Major surgery, but given her history of heart condition, and some recent episodes, it was the right decision. I firmly believe that.

However, we’ve been dealing with some complications — the most recent of which came up Easter Sunday. After having dinner at our house, Mom was back home. She had some pain, so my sister took her to the local hospital. She was admitted.

Rest of Sunday was OK and Monday was so-so. Tuesday, however, was a different story. She was in a great deal of pain, especially an incident after dinner. Nobody really knew what was causing any of this to happen.

Wednesday morning, she was on her way back to Boston — to where the bypass was done.

Why? Well, that pain incident Tuesday night? It was a (very small) heart attack caused by another blockage.

I went to Boston Wednesday night and she was in good spirits — awaiting a test on Thursday that would help determine the blockage area and the course of treatment — either an angioplasty or a stent.

Well, the test didn’t go so well today. Turns out the blockage is the result of a failed graft during her bypass. In one area, they used a vein from her leg to make the bypass. That, essentially, has failed (10% of them do). Failed to the point that it can’t be fixed with a procedure — only, hopefully, with medicine.

So, Mom is there. And I’m here. And that sucks. My brother was up there today. And I’m probably going up tomorrow. My sister is sick, and it’s killing her not to be there — but she can’t bring a cold onto the floor.

I’m most likely going up tomorrow to hopefully talk to the attending physician — and the one who did the procedure today. We’ve only talked to the resident and the intern. And the nurses. All have been great. Just want to talk to the main doctor. So that’s going to be my goal in the morning.

In the meantime, vibes for Mom. Please.

We don’t know what this means. Honestly. Have no clue. Could be something people live with all the time. Could be something that’s more of a challenge.

Either way, we’ll deal with it. And we’ll deal with it the best we can.

That’s what we do.

It’s what we have to do.

Even if we’re scared. A little.

Or, well, in my case, a lot.

12 Comments on “Mom.”

  1. elizabeth says:

    Hey…I’m so sorry to read this and I’m sorry that you have to deal with yet another unfortunate situation. You know you have tons of love and support from you friends and we’re here for you. Also, if you need a sitter this weekend we’re around….and pretty much any evening next week if you need it. Don’t hesitate to call. *E hug*

  2. Jim Norman says:

    Hey Mike, I’ll call your vibes and raise you some prayers. Not sure how much pull I have with The Big Guy, but I’ll definitely do some praying for you, your mom, and your family. Good luck. Jim

  3. Sara says:

    Oh, Mike. I don’t even know what to say. But my positive thoughts are directed to Boston (though not for the Sox – hey, there’s more for your mom then, right??)

  4. Corey says:

    Dude, much love to your mom. My mom sends her best too. Medecine can resolve these things an amazing percentage of the time, nowadays. Get well Jackie O.!

  5. Molly says:

    A thousand vibes being sent your mom’s way. And another hug to you. xo

  6. Sara says:

    One day at a time dude…one day at a time.

    Hugs to you from me.

  7. Barb says:

    definitely prayers are on their way to her….hang in there

  8. 3carnations says:

    Keeping your family in my prayers.

  9. Lisa says:

    We’re keeping you all in our thoughts and hoping that your mom has a full and healthy recovery.

  10. I hope all is going well with your mom! You and your family are in my thoughts! HUGS

  11. Stephanie says:

    Sorry to hear that things are not as well as they could be. You and your family are in my daily thoughts and prayers. Love to all!

  12. mainlyclearskies says:

    I’d be scared a LOT, too. I am praying for you and your family.

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