For the last two mornings, Judy has awakened me in the middle of a great dream, but since I awoke startled I cannot remember either of them, I just know I was having a good time! This morning was because we had to be out of the house before 8:30, for the cleaning ladies to come in (I know this because we cleaned the house last night), but yesterday my mom had an emergency.
Tuesday my mom called, sounding half alive, telling Judy she needed her help. Apparently she had been vomiting (She says vamucking, a word they use in
Judy had a long standing dentist appointment later in the morning, so at 7 a.m. she shouts at me to “Wake up! Yo momma needs you!”
After getting more details, and while I was taking a quick shower, Judy called the ambulance service. I was real glad she did, not because I didn’t want mom to “upchuck” in my truck, but because the EMT’s would get an IV going. It does not take much to dehydrate anyone with persistent vomiting or diarrhea, especially my little momma!
As I turned off the Interstate in
At the hospital the EMT’s took mom to the ER while I checked her in – filling out all the appropriate forms and answering the questions I could.
I arrived at her room just as the doctor came in and started his routine questions. The first one was, “What’s wrong?”
I said, “That’s why we came up here!”
Soon, a physician’s assistant was there and attempted to take blood using the “saline lock” the EMT’s had inserted, but apparently that doesn’t work too well for “test blood,” so she kept throwing the vials of blood, 5 in all, away. Finally, she had to stick mom again, and, like me, her veins tend to roll, and the dehydration did not help much! She finally got enough, we thought, and left.
Well, about an hour later, a hematologist comes in and proceeds to get more blood. Her first stick did not produce any results, so she tries an obvious vein on her hand…nothing. Two sticks are all one person gets to inflict before having to call in another “vampire”! It’s the law, procedure, or something! Anyway, this guy pranced in and acted all cocky; talking some experience and seniority trash to the first one, but soon he is sheepishly trying his second hole!
They finally succeeded in obtaining enough, about 3 vials, and they leave with their tails tucked between their legs.
Long story short, we were there almost 6 hours awaiting the results, but in the end the test found nothing. We waited for them to start the IV back, but it was not until after the doc said she “must have a virus” and that she could go home did they give her a full liter to overcome her dehydration. Luckily, the IV was on high and dripped itself empty in about 30 minutes! Amazingly, she was much better after the IV infusion.
I tried to entertain her and myself with jokes and camera tricks, but as usual, the time just trickled by slowly.
I tried to nap, but could never really get comfortable, and with all the ER noises, punctuated with other people “calling Ralph on the big white phone” I ended up only more miserable! I found myself looking out into the hall at the “blanket warmer” (see the attached photos). There were two dents on the bottom door and I could not help but visualize one as an eye and the other, longer one, as a mouth! When I got home I Photoshopped the shot to highlight what my mind was seeing in an attempt to entertain itself.
I got mom home around 3 p.m. where Judy met us. She fixed her some soup and I went to get the prescription for Phenergan filled.
Mom was soon in bed and Judy stayed with her for the next 3 or 4 hours. Judy was finally able to get her up to eat something else and take more medicine, but mom was confused and thought it was morning! When Judy asked her what she wanted to eat, she replied “Oatmeal!”
We saw her bright and early again this morning and she is fine.
While I enjoy time with my mother, this is not the times I want to remember or do often. However, this was not the first time I have hung out with my mom in an emergency room. The older she gets the more I realize that the good days are to be cherished.
There is nothing worse than spending time in an emergency room!