Sorry if I've been a little less then productive lately, I really do have a lot of lofty plans…just had some issues come up suddenly.
For those who don't know, my wife's mother is not in a good way. She has a lot wrong with her, not the least of which is near-constant blinding pain. The doctors decided that putting a "stimulator" in her spine was the way do go. it apparently "diffuses" the pain, so there's less of it in one spot. Anyway, it involved putting wires in her spine, which just sounded like a horror plot to me. She went out to Indianan multiple times for prep stuff, then to have the work done, and everything was looking really good.
There was a issue, however. As she's had 20-30 major surgeries, she's more scar tissue then flesh, and apparently one of the wires stabbed the wrong place in her spinal cord. They actually had to only insert one of the wires, due to the difficulty. Afterwards, she said it felt as if someone was breaking her middle toe over and over again. Then it was all her toes. The it was he whole foot. And so on. it's now crept up to her hips and seems to be dominating everything below them. She's on some painkiller that's over morphine in strength, and she's still in a LOT of pain. They aren't sure what it is that is happening.
If all that wasn't enough, it appears her liver enzymes are off the chart…which may be a drug reaction, or may mean that her liver is failing. Quickly. In either event, a one-day operation has turned in to four, with no signs of her being released any time soon. Kramer is freaking out a good deal, as she and her mom have been all each other have had until…well, me, I suppose. Both are very scared and upset, and it's been…trying. We are soldiering on, but the undercurrent of concern is like standing next to a power line.
If you're the praying sort, it would be appreciated, and if not, just good thoughts would be good. Driving out to Indianan is sort of kicking our financial ass, but we're still scraping alone. Kramer has landed a job at Mijer, and will be going to school for accounting soon…which also adds to the stress of the situation. The kids are doing well, Alison is going to play football in the fall…she's pretty good, even! My son is coming along…two steps forward, one back, which is hard, but still progress. My littlest is a sweetheart, if a bit headstrong now and then.
Well…that's my life, such as it is. Thanks for letting me talk.