There I was, 350 miles away from home where my mom was hospitalized for a second surgery, while my sister was hospitalized with facial cellulitis - an infection that can cause vision loss and even death if left untreated. Thankfully, Travis' parents were able to stay with the girls so Travis could visit Leanne at the hospital morning and night. God bless all of them for acting quickly and working together to ensure that everyone received lots of love and care.
And to everyone who has commended me for holding up so well this summer, I could not have done it without my incredible support system. But I've had my moments - trust me. Nothing can break a Type-A,neurotic, control freak like the feeling helplessness that comes with having two of your loved ones very ill.
However, the reoccurring theme that persists throughout all of the trials that we encountered is the triumph of the human spirit and the beauty that shines in times of darkness. While caring for my mom prevented me from being present during Leanne's hospitalization, she was surrounded by visitors - friends and neighbors who showered her with magazines, puzzle books, and lots of Frappucinos. What wonderful, caring people - these gestures meant the world to us.
Leanne was so loved and catered to by hospital staff that she told Travis that she didn't want to come home. She enjoyed the attention and "room service" with an unlimited menu to choose from. Ha! Cheeseburgers and chocolate cake at the push of a call button! One CNA was so crazy about Leanne that she hugged her and cried when it was time for Leanne to leave. But in just less than a week, Leanne was well enough to return home (where her mean sister immediately returned her to a healthy meal plan).
Meanwhile, Mama Hop's hospitalization wasn't as pleasant. Without going into too much unsettling detail, we made the decision to have her transferred here. She arrived on a Friday night in excruciating pain. I arranged for her to see a vascular surgeon first thing on Monday.
At that appointment, the vascular surgeon took one look at the necrotic tissue that had formed on what was left of Mama Hop's foot and he arranged for her to be hospitalized here, where he would perform a below-the-knee (BTK) amputation ASAP. This was the only way to rid her body of the infection and resolve the pain.
To be continued...