Friday, November 15, 2013
Nurse Reilly Here
For the last 3 years Mom has had multiple surgeries to try and repair her stomach. She only has skin and no muscles over her intestines and runs the risk that the skin could tear and her intestines could come out. They have been trying to use special mesh to try and strengthen the skin but each time she develops an infection and they end up having to remove it again. Sadly the same thing happened again this time. This is either the sixth or seventh time now - Mom has lost track. They removed the mesh and drained the abscess last week and left the wound open so it could drain and then on Tuesday her surgeon was able to close the wound. It is a big wound with many stitches and staples. Mom was also on IV antibiotics the whole week and needed two blood transfusions. I told her she should eat some nice raw steaks but she didn't seem to like that idea. Anyway, Mom came home last night and now we just have to keep our paws crossed there is no more infections and she can heal again.
Of coarse I am being the perfect nurse. I make sure Mom gets a little exercise by getting up to give me a cookie every hour on the hour and I bark at imaginary monsters so she has to get up and see what I am barking at - keeping her moving is very important. I stay just a few inches out of reach so she has to stretch to pat my head. Dweeb is hanging around somewhere in the background - he isn't much into this whole nursing thing and just between you and me - it took him a whole day just to remember who Mom was!!!!!!!!! Mom is sleeping a lot at the moment so I will try and get around and visit everyone while she naps. Thank you again to everyone for the good vibes.