Saturday, March 1, 2014

Some Things Just Can't Be Explained

According to Mom's doctor, things sometimes happen that medicine just can't explain.
After being told on Tuesday that our Mom had only days to live due to aspiration pneumonia, we got a call from the doctor early Thursday morning saying. "You may want to get in here...your Mom is wide awake and talking. She no longer shows any sign of pneumonia and her temperature is normal".
We all rushed over. Mom was indeed awake and alert, after days of high fever and non-responsiveness. The doctors said that we should just enjoy this gift of more time with our Mom, and we did. Joanne and Mark even brought Mom's cat, Tabby, in for a visit. (Mom calls Tabby her "pride and joy" and there is some light-hearted debate in the family about where the cat stands in Mom's affections in relation to her daughters.)

On Wednesday, Mom's condition had been so critical that my son, Rob, took the train to Maine from NYC, arrived at 1:30 a.m. and went to visit "Grammy" with me at 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning. Joanne and Mark were already there.  Six hours later, the fever had broken and Mom had spontaneously beaten the pneumonia...without antibiotics.

The doctor said that he is unable to explain Mom's recovery. He shared that this was only the second time in his medical career that he had seen anything like this happen in a patient in Mom's condition. He warned us to enjoy these moments and not get too hopeful, but it feels like a miracle to have this time with Mom.

And maybe it is...

On Thursday morning, my husband, Hank, took off the gold cross he has always worn and placed it on my Mom's neck.

She has been awake since.

This morning, Mom is sitting up in a wheelchair visiting. Her feeding tube has been restarted. Her left side is still weak and her speech is slurred but she is back with us for now. We're amazed and incredibly grateful.

Who knows?

"There are only two ways to live . . . one is as though nothing is
        a miracle. . . the other is as if everything is."
                                                                                            - Albert Einstein

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