Friday, June 5, 2009

Motherhood

My wonderful mother turned 70 years old today and my sister and I  had planned a big surprise dinner party at mum’s favourite local restaurant.  The whole restaurant was booked to accommodate the 80 invited guests. Mum

Somehow we’d managed to keep it from her. She thought the hair and facial appointment and the manicure we’d booked for her today were simply a birthday treat and not party preparation.

Unfortunately late last night she was feverish and struggling to breathe. Dad called an ambulance and mum’s been in the high dependency unit in hospital since then with a bad case of double pneumonia. The hospital recommended we all come in at about midnight as it appeared that mum’s fragile heart (she has mitral valve disease) was failing. It was incredibly worrying, we thought we were going to lose her.

I am very very pleased to share that there has been some good  improvement today, and especially this afternoon, after a barrage of antibiotics. Her temperature is down, her heart is ‘running’ smoothly again and she’s breathing more easily.

A couple of friends helped me with the huge cancellation job this morning - the birthday celebration that never was. We’ll organise something on a smaller scale when mum’s better.

Happy Birthday Mum I love you.

13 comments:

  1. Thanks Moko, I'll pass on your regards :-)

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  2. Happy birthday, Mom. Get well soon! God bless. Thinking good thoughts for you.

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  3. Thanks Tim, I appreciate that.

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  4. Here's a birthday wish for your mother all the way from South Carolina.
    We're thinking good thoughts for her.
    And for your family.

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  5. I'll keep a thought for your mother.

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  6. Wish your mother a Happy Birthday from me, too. Glad she's doing better. I'll keep you and her in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

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  7. Wow - so glad to hear your mum is back on the mend. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from New York!!

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  8. Wow. As John Lennon said..."Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans".
    Sending lots of good wishes for the birthday lady and your whole family.

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  9. Thanks all. Appreciate the kind words. She's doing even better this morning and had been moved to a normal ward out of the HDU. She's sitting up for a few minutes at a time and talking though slightly breathlessly.

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  10. hope she gets better soon, take care!

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  11. Nothing but good vibes for your mom on their way from Nebraska. Tell her Happy Birthday from a sort of stranger.

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  12. Thanks Greg and jadedj. I do appreciate the sweet messages and remember that strangers (even 'sort of' ones) are just friends we haven't yet made.

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