Monday, January 08, 2007

Interesting Weekend

Well, it's been fun this weekend. I got a call on Friday just as I was getting ready to leave work. Apparently my mother was found in her car by a neighbor walking by. She had backed the car into the garage and promptly passed out! She was disoriented and had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Her neighbor had to threaten her to get her to call 911. She had been running a fever since Wednesday, and didn't bother going to the doctor. She also says that whenever she gets a fever it knocks her out. So why wasn't she concerned when she was running a 101 fever for 3 days? Because she's my mom! So, long story short (too late), she's been in the hospital since Friday night, but the hospitalist just came by and said she could go home! Yay! They're virtually certain it was a viral infection of some sort which seems to have run its course. They ran just about every test imaginable and eliminated every nefarious cause.
So... she got a virus, which gave her a fever and dehydrated her. That, in turn, decreased the O2 to her brain and caused fatigue, disorientation and stroke-like symptoms. Once she got to the hospital, they pumped her full of fluids and gave her something for her fever, she started recovering. She had a setback when she had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, but once the cut that and gave her some Benadryl, her fever dropped and swelling went down. She still has a bit of a rash from the reaction, but she's much more aware and active. Her temp, BP and O2 have been normal for over a day. Her white blood cell count is back to normal for her.

1 comment:

Julie B. said...

Michael, I'm really glad your mom is OK and is now doing well. That stuff is so scary! Hopefully everything will be up hill from here! Take care,
Julie