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Mom update and other things

October 26th 2011 1:32 pm
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First let me say mom had her MRI yesterday morning and all went well as far as we know. I'm sure if there was anything really pressing they would have contacted her by now. Mom could not believe how tiny that tunnel was! She was thinking it was like having a CAT scan where the thing is HUGE and you are not inside this itty bitty trapped thingy. OMG, the minute they slid her in there, she was like "ARRRGGGHHH". She's already claustrophobic and she said this is what it must be like to be in a coffin! Which freaked her out even more. She did really good though, they put music on for her and she had earphones because the machine sounds like a giant jackhammer. Weird!

It takes almost a half an hour so she had to lie still like that for 30 minutes. She kept her eyes closed the whole time and kept picturing and thinking she was in open fields of flowers running around, the beach and the ocean, lots of BIG OPEN places! By the time they let her out she was so ready to get out of there. So anyways, it's over and she's got an appointment already booked for next Thursday with the orthopedist doc but probably when he gets copies of the tests they'll call and let her know what they'll be doing. Maybe even give her that shot then. But she has been doing much better just bloated from the prednisone. She says she'll take that any day over the pain she was in before.

Funny how her other mean doctor wouldn't give her two lousy pain pills and this guy gave her 30 of them. She's only taken 3 total since last Thursday!!! Not even one everyday cause she's been on prednisone again. Today is uncomfortable though. She woke up pretty sore and throbbing cause it's supposed to SNOW here tonight at some point or tomorrow. Mom says that's a bad word around here and then she said some not so nice words I can't repeat. MOL.

Yesterday afternoon grammy and grampy raced out of here to go to the hospital because grammy's only sibling had a heart attack. We found out today he's got lung cancer. He's had MS for the last 25-30 years and has chain smoked the whole time. Ironically he's always said "what's it gonna do, kill me?" Little did he know that it would. Course he's lived WAY longer than anyone thought but that doesn't mean it's not upsetting. He reminds mom so much of her grampa, her mom's daddy that died many years ago. Mom loved him so much, he was a kind man and adored mom. Her uncle is the same. Mom hasn't seen him in a long time but wants to now. Grammy says he looks horrible, old and frail so mom's in for a shock. He has 4 grown kids and only one of them gives a darn about him! Thank god his wife has stuck by his side every minute of their lives together and always taken great care of him. But they are POOR and I mean DIRT POOR. If we could have ever helped them more than we did, we sure would have. He didn't deserve this hard life. It pains mom deeply to see someone so good have to deal with so much hardship in his life. Maybe once he's gone, he can be with grampy and all will be right again.

You know how he got the MS? He worked in one of the old mills here and back in the days of the depression, there was an anthrax leak. He got it. He and grammy have had very, very hard lives. Yet he's never complained, at least not out loud. Amazing man. Mom says it's hard around here lately. It's like the summer of death! Everyone in our neighborhood that mom grew up knowing is either dying, dead or has Alzheimer's. Everything changed in such a short time. Plus the two relatives that died in June and now this. I have to say, I really love being a kitty, it's so much easier. I don't know who my real siblings and mommy and daddy ever were and it doesn't matter. I have Finney and my mommy. That's all I need and they both love me more than anything. I'm a lucky girl!

Sorry to be such a downer, we don't mean to be. Mom says she's really, really trying to be positive! She's just really sad right now and needs a nap I think, MOL. I've been trying to cuddle her all day and she won't sit still long enough! But I think she's ready, so we're gonna go for a cuddle session now. She needs a massage!

Luv you guys!
Lacey bug

Purred by: Natasha (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 1:56 pm

Yes, it is difficult to have family in such difficult way. MS is a horrid illness.

Please take care of yourself and rest when you can. Your body will thank you for it. Backs can't be replaced.

Now, Lacey, it is time that you gave her some TLC....Puurrring in her ear will help and be as sweet as you can be. Finney can help you......We are thinking of all of you.....Natasha and Alex.
Purred by: Laura W

October 26th 2011 at 2:29 pm

yur mom better stock up on litter N fancee feast if ewe are in for eleventee feet oh snow lacey; though ice doez make for good trout fishin :) ! hhhhmmmmmmmm....trout

Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 2:51 pm

My mommy says to bite your sandpaper tongue!! MOL. Eleventee feet. sheesh!
Purred by: Monida (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 3:38 pm

Oh those MRI machines are sooooo horrible! Mom had to have one when they thought she had a stroke. The doctor afterward said he was surprised she could do it without being sedated. They put a mirror on her knees as if that was going to help. She just spent the half-hour pretending she was in a really loud video game. :)

Hope your mom is feeling better and gets some good news from the MRI!
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 3:43 pm

MOL!!! That's very strange, I never heard of that. Putting a mirror so she can maybe look up at the ceiling or something? As soon as we know anything Monida we'll let you all know. Even the doc doesn't think it's anything worse than a bad pinched nerve but we don't want to just think that automatically and then have an unpleasant surprise! Cause that would be mom's luck, MOL.
Purred by: Blizzard AKA The Catfather (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 3:43 pm

Yous goes give mom a massage!! She's earned it!!!
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 3:45 pm

I'm trying Blizz! She won't sit still! But I promise to as soon as she lets me.
Purred by: Xena Princess Warrior DG#23 (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 4:25 pm

Sounds like your Mom needs some TLC from her kitties....Tell your Mom we are praying for her to get some rest and hope her back will get better soon...also praying for your all take it easy and take care of yourselves...

Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 4:53 pm

Thanks Xena! BTW, if you read Finney's diary it's more fun, mom is trying to lighten up a little for a bit now that she got this out. Hope you're feeling well sweet Xena!
Purred by: Tigger ~ Loved Forever (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 5:13 pm

My mom wouldn't do well if she had to have an MRI; she's got severe claustrophobia. I am glad your mommy will have a diagnosis soon. And, I hope at some point she'll feel better. I forgot, did your mom have back problems before the incident with the sand bag?

I am so sorry to hear about your mommy's uncle. MS is a terrible disease, and now he has cancer as well. :( Purring and praying for your family sweet Lacey.

Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 5:21 pm

Thanks sweet Tigger! Mom is very claustrophobic as well and says she'd rather they have a viking funeral for her if it was legal! Even if she's dead she don't want to be in a tight box like that.

yes, she had a car accident many years ago but she did much better when she'd work out. Funny cause she had plans to join the local gym and just work out lightly for the winter to try and see if she could get through it easier. She may still be able to do it under the guidance of her physical therapist. But she thinks it was a lot of added up things like the bed being awful and the fibro. The sandbag was the last straw, errr, sand, errr, bag. MOL.

Yeah, mommy isn't surprised about her uncle just that she's surprised it's not the MS that's going to kill him. He's lived MUCH longer than anyone thought. She said she wants to see him soon, which will be a shock I'm sure. But she will regret it if she doesn't.
Purred by: Zachery Tristan (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 6:07 pm

Lacey your Mom and my Mom should be internet weight buddies. Mom went to the doc today and he said her birth control is not a good option anymore. Something about causing strokes and heart attacks in females with certain factors...Mom had three of the factors. Best option... Snip snip Daddy!

Anyway, it got her thinking about the extra 30 pds she's carrying and the fact that she still smokes at least 6 cigs a day. She never could quit completely. On days off from work when she's bored, I've watched her go outside and smoke like 15 cigarettes! Mom has got to get a handle on these problems. She doesn't want to live till she's 90 but the Doc told her he's seen 20 year olds who have had strokes. Mom doesn't want to have a stroke at 37.
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 7:06 pm

I don't want to see your mommy have a stroke either Zach! She smokes A LOT!!!!! WOW! but stress will do that to you. You know what my mommy does instead of smokes? Lots of other OCD stuff! Did your mom read the link we sent in today's newsletter about how smoking can harm your pet? I'll bet there are quite a few mommy's on here right now going "uh oh!!!" Now what do I do?!!
Purred by: Zachery Tristan (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 7:20 pm

Mom and Dad both try to smoke outside as much as possible. Most days Mom can get away with only 6 or 7 cigs but she needs to stop and she knows it. Her Doc gave her a prescription for Chantex back in the spring but she got spooked by the reports about it so she didn't do it. I thank she's going to try the patch again.

There's always something to OCD over around here but Mom can be lazy and want to stay on here all day too.

Oh Mom has had two MRI's and they are very nerve wrecking. When she had her cat scan last year she asked the girls why can't MRI's be that quick. The girls that ran the machine just laughed and said "wouldn't that be nice"
Purred by: Pipo (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 7:40 pm

Minko & I are purring and pawyering for your Mom, and your Mom's Uncle too. So hard to deal with all this bad stuff...

You and Finney will be good kitty nurses, though, I just know it.

Purrs & Hugs!
Pipo & Minko
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 7:45 pm

Zach mom wrote a whole response to your post and for some reason it's NOT here! HISSSS to these fleas!

Thanks Pipo and Minko, we appreciate it. Mom knows EVERYBODY goes through this stuff and death is no stranger in our family. But sometimes it's someone who really deserved a better life and they got the opposite. Someone good and kind and loving and it makes mom sad to know this is how it will end. But grams says it hasn't hit him yet, he's not even afraid. But maybe he's not. He's been living in his own torture chamber of a body for over 30 years! Maybe he wants to be free.

I don't know about the good nurses. We can be, we were. Read Finney's new diary. You'll see what I mean. MOL
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 7:52 pm

Let me try this again! My mom has had bad luck with reactions to drugs too Zach so we can understand why your mom is scared. Sometimes ya just gotta try though. But mom did have a friend ages ago that smoked all his life and quit when he was hypnotized. Ever think to do that?
Purred by: Zachery Tristan (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 8:03 pm

I've heard it works. But I would have no idea how to find someone trust worthy enough.
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 8:04 pm

yeah mom has wanted to go for years to stop grinding her teeth at night but she'd have to have someone she knows in there with her for that reason.
Purred by: Callie (Catster Member)

October 26th 2011 at 8:28 pm

Sending purrs to your Mom and family.
Purred by: Precious (Catster Member)

October 30th 2011 at 2:47 pm

It is difficult to have family in such difficult way. MS is a horrid illness. MRI's are real tough... Our Gma has had to do them. They freak her out too..

Please take care of yourself and rest when you can. Your body will thank you for it. Backs can't be replaced. We know we have one that is a major problem.

Now, Lacey, it is time that you gave her some TLC....Puurrring in her ear will help and be as sweet as you can be. Finney can help you......We are thinking of all of you

Kisses,hugs and prayers sent to your house,
Precious and Gma Keda
Purred by: Lacey (Catster Member)

October 30th 2011 at 5:11 pm

Thank you so much Callie and Precious, we appreciate it! I've been massaging mommy a lot the last week!




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