Thank you, readers, so very much for all your kind comments and well wishes. It brightened my day tremendously to get those back pats and hugs.
When things settle down a bit, I intend to expound on this experience a bit more. Some of you may have already been down the path of caring for ill parents or grandparents and you know this firsthand. For those of you with some time to spare, my travails may be of some interest. Or not.
Mom is in an LTAC - long term acute care hospital. She will be getting breathing treatments and physical therapy to regain some mobility and strength. We are moving her this morning from one badly managed LTAC to a better facility - I hope.
Right now her vital signs are on the upswing, but her mental acuity is not doing so well. The nurses are attributing the dementia to medications, and it may be so. However, I am not sure that is the exact cause. Time will tell if the disorientation and hallucinations will improve, etc. She did flatline for a few minutes, and there very well may be some residual lasting brain damage.
I am mentally and physically pretty wrung out. My own mental state is more like a soggy doughnut than a Gillette razorblade.
Hopefully I can have something more lighthearted to read in a few days if you want to hang around a bit. My days are beginning to have a routine again and that is much better.
Mucho gratitude, mi amigos...