Wednesday, January 7, 2015

As My Mother Has Proved, Miracles Are Within Reach

A little over a week ago I poured out my heart, detailing what I thought was my mother's demise.  She went in to the hospital December 23rd and we were almost positive she wasn't getting out.  I've spent several nights at the hospital with her, watching my mom stop eating altogether and have horrible hallucinations.  She's been so deranged that she's pulled out her feeding tube.  Two doctors and two nurses told us to prepare for the worst.  So we did.

Saturday afternoon the family gathered for what we thought would be a meeting to discuss hospice.  What we went into shocked us.

Mom with two of her grandchildren on Christmas Day
The mom I thought I was going to be burying soon was awake and alert.  She started eating, and has ate more in the last couple of days than she has in three months.  She did a complete turnaround overnight and has been going strong these last few days.  It's nothing short of a miracle.
I believe through the power of prayer and a renewed spirit, mom decided she wasn't going out like this.  She mentioned that she overheard the doctor tell us in the beginning that she was dying from failure to thrive.  I'm shocked that she actually took that information in, but she did.  And it pissed her off.  She told me just yesterday that God will decide when it's her time to go, not some guy in a white coat. 
Although she's not completely out of the woods, I'm beyond amazed at how she went from a diagnosis of dying back to the vibrant mom that I know.  She looked better yesterday than she has in months.  She's been transferred to the Skilled Nursing Unit, where she'll be staying for a few days for physical and occupational rehab.   If all goes well, she'll be back home with us after the weekend.
In other good news, we also received a call yesterday from the Cancer Center that my mom has been nominated as a "Creative Memories" recipient via the women's college basketball team.  When the weather becomes suitable, the team will pay for a catered family barbeque and kids' activities, including a bounce house.  That way mom can have an entire day surrounded by her favorite people.  She will also be honored at an upcoming basketball game in February.
Miracles are within reach.  They can and do happen.  As my mother has proved.


An Apel a Day said...

That is so great that she's made a turn around. I hope she continues to get stronger every day.

I have a co-workers son who has nearly died 5 times. He must have 9 lives like a cat. He had Leukemia, and it went into his bones. They had to take his leg. They said he would never be able to have kids because of all the meds that were in his system. He had his first healthy son this fall.

katy said...

That is wonderful news. She sounds like a fiesty woman.

ababe28 said...

Wow, what an awesome miracle you have witnessed. I am so happy for you and your family!
Ann B.
ababe28 at hotmail dot com

mail4rosey said...

How absolutely wonderful. What a great way to go into the New Year!

Unknown said...

Yay! God is so great! Im so happy to hear this good news. Ive seen quite a few Miracles in my life. What a great way to start the new year. Here's to your mom and healthy happy new year! God Bless :)

Theresa Mahoney said...

This is such happy news! I am really glad to hear your mom is doing much better now! Wishing her continued strength through her fight!

Unknown said...

I hope your Mom has a full recovery and continues to regain her strength.

Renee said...

Great news! Piss her off more often :)

Jessica Cox said...

I am a big believer in Prayer Miracles happen everyday I pray for your mom to have a healthy New year.