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26 November 2006 @ 02:31 pm
Update From the Trenches  
I'm so sorry I missed wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, be it here or in answering your own posts. Life has taken a truly unexpected turn. On Tuesday evening, my mother fell in a parking lot, up in Rhode Island. A first, details were kind of sketchy-- we only knew that she'd broken her elbow. I left Sam and the girls here, and went up on my own, on the theory it would be quicker trying to navigate holiday traffic alone. I was extremely lucky to get up there as fast as I did. At first, the hospital said they weregoing to keep her overnight, perform surgery in the morning, and let my mother go home. No such luck-- her surgery was delayed until evening, when they inserted a metal plate and six screws in her left elbow. We only found out what they were doing after the surgery was completed. My mother reacted poorly to the surgery, and had to be kept overnight on oxygen. Then she developed a fever, and then pneumonia. So, another night in the hospital.

I spent Thanksgiving evening with her in the hospital, and Thanksgiving day with the extended family I've been trying so hard to avoid. Without my mother there to 'protect' me, it was pretty much a free-for-all session of Pick On Meredith. (So glad most my family doesn't know I'm a dyke; my other life choices cause them enough tittering disconcertion and attempted 'interventions' already. @_@;;) Add to that family members who-- despite the fact I am clearly listed as my mother's emergency contact and in charge of all medical decisions when she is not able to make them-- seemed to think they were qualified to make decisions for my mother... well, yeah.

My mom and I are back at her place now, which is much, much better than the hospital. And the staff is probably relieved, as they were getting tired of me terrorizing them. (I don't do it on purpose, but my mom doesn't call me her 'little bulldog' for nothing. I don't have class until Tuesday morning, so I may not leave until Monday afternoon, depending on what type of tickets I can get.

So, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, as you all deserved. I hope to catch up on you guys soon!
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Nebula: dawn 'love'authoressnebula on November 26th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry! Thanksgiving's always either bad or really good. There's never an inbetween, which is why I'm so glad I moved away from all of my family except my parents and my brother. I hate that you had to endure the interrogation without your only protection. *hugs hard* I am so, so sorry. You have no idea. *clings*

And to deal with your mom on top of that...good grief. I'm glad she's okay though.

Love you sweetie,

Meredith Bronwen Mallory: fab4garnettrees on December 2nd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thanksgiving's always either bad or really good.
They do tend to polarize, don't they? Family holidays are like that. Actually, so is Valentine's Day, so never mind. ^_~

I'm so glad I moved away from all of my family except my parents and my brother.
Here, here! Absence makes the heart grow fonder-- or at least keeps you from homicide. *cackle*

*hugs back hard* I'm recovering. I think I may have ruined a few relationships with people, but I'll pull through. If their affection for me is contingent upon my always agreeing with them, then it's not that genuine, is it?

Love you too, doll.
Rae: Firefly - Jayne isn't a herozixi on November 26th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ouch! I'm really sorry for your mom - and also for you cause if there's anything I learned last March it's that taking care of someone who broke and elbow and requires surgery can drive you a little crazy too.
Also good for you being a bulldog - you need to do that at hospitals and doctor's offices actually - another thing I learned this year.

I'm so sorry your Thanksgiving turned out all stressful and am sending good "speedy and complete recovery" thoughts toward your mom.

Take care!
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: kayleegarnettrees on December 2nd, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'll tell you what drives me crazy-- the hospital. It's a wonder anything gets done there. Seemed like all they did was take obscene amounts of blood from my mom every two hours, and they never even told us what they did with it.

Also good for you being a bulldog - you need to do that at hospitals and doctor's offices actually - another thing I learned this year.
I'm learning that, too. X_X;; But hearing it from you makes me feel less like a bitch.

My mom's doing a lot better now, so thank you. *hugs*
gamesiplaygamesiplay on November 27th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Yikes! I'm so sorry your Thanksgiving was such a stress-fest. But good on you for handling it, and for being a bulldog, and for not actually killing any relatives (however deserving). I hope this coming week is more restful for you.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: notafraidgarnettrees on December 2nd, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs Leigh* Thanks so much for the support. Not killing the relatives was hard, but some of them are way to big for me to haul off for burial, anyway. ^_~

This week has been... different. But the past few days have been restful.