|My mom holding me at one week old|
Hello lovely friends,
I'm afraid for whats coming up on Wednesday morning, I'm not afraid to mention just how worried I am. In previous posts I've mentioned that my mom has had to have a lot of dental work done recently. For the most part, she's gotten through a lot of it like a trooper and it hasn't been that much of a bother. About a month ago she had a "rotted" wisdom tooth removed...........I know, I know, 81 years old and still had a wisdom tooth! She made it through a week of antibiotics and seemed to be on the mend, however, a week after the removal and treatment she was still experiencing pain, swelling and numbness. Last week I took her back to the dentist and he opened her up in the area around the jaw joint and found massive infection. My mom's immune system is already compromised due to her lymphoma, micro colitis, diabetes, severe osteoporosis, angina.....yadda yadda yadda........the list goes on. Anyhoo, in the process of trying to clean out the infection the dentist found a tumor. He immediately stopped and we were sent to an oral surgeon on Thursday to hopefully have it removed.
If some of you remember, my mom suffered two years ago from many life threatening infections, one of them called C. diff, which nearly took her life three or four times. If you click on my link I just provided in the sentence before this (and you should), you'll get the "Mayo Clinic" definition, then click on "symptoms." I have to tell you folks........it is not a pretty, nice, or an easy infection. Imagine if you will, my mom at 97 pounds, a broken right shoulder in a sling and a broken left hand in a cast and the most vile form of diarrhea in the world. Please excuse the graphic nature of this post, and don't feel bad if you don't want to read any further, but those of us out there caring for our elders might be experiencing this right now. My mom, bless her heart, would have explosive "episodes" nearly every hour on the hour at her worst point and every three to four hours at the better times. I, myself, have a lot of physical limitations and yet because I'm blessed with being available to her through my disability, she lived with us for six months and I bathed her daily.........multiple times, 24/7, and literally slept 15 feet from her on the couch so as to assist her during the night. I'm not looking for pats on the back here folks, I'm giving you the info as to why my fear is extensive. If you did read the article from the Mayo clinic, you'll have read that antibiotics have a tendency to bring this on in the elderly, especially those with compromised immune systems like my moms.
My mom will be having the tumor removed Wednesday morning, along with a bone biopsy and a debredement. The oral surgeon has taken the past week to consult with an infectious disease doctor as well as my moms general practitioner, as he is very concerned. He warned us that this is a serious infection and will not go away with the normal 7 day treatment of antibiotics. She's going to need on-going antibiotics for possibly up to six months, administered through her power port which she still has in her chest for other treatments she receives and more chemo for her lymphoma should it pick up again.
Up to six months of antibiotics?????? Needless to say, my mom and I are scared. If you could all please keep my mom in your prayers from now on, I would greatly appreciate it.
For anyone else out there caring for your family........God Bless you!