So, my MIL is back in the hospital.
You might recall that back in mid September she had an anuerism burst in her brain. She had emergency surgery to repair the bleed and then, after only 5 weeks recovery, she became a miracle patient and was able to go home by herself to take care of herself. And she was doing really well, or so we thought.
The week before Thanksgiving I went to pick her up for a doctor’s appointment. When I got there, I noticed that she seemed really confused and had some issues with her left hand. It didn’t take long for me to decide that she needed to go to ER. When there, they did a CAT scan and saw that her brain was bleeding a little bit. Apparently, she’d taken too much of her blood thiner and it’d caused her brain to have tiny bleeds. It wasn’t so terrible to kill her as long as she got medical attention immediately. So they gave her plasma to “thicken up” her blood and planned to have her admitted for a few days. Not too big of a deal, but Ron and I were going to have to monitor her medications from now on, right? This was a Thursday.
Friday all hell broke loose. Apparently, she had a second anuerism in her brain that the doctors didn’t see the first time. Well, the blood in her brain from the blood thiners caused her to have siezures and those caused the second anuerism to burst. All of a sudden she was completely lost and beligerant. They had to restrain and then sedate her because she swore she was at work and needed to get something out of her desk. She was seeing people from work outside her room and they were coming and talking to her. And, the worst part is that it took several days before they found out it was a second aneurism that had done this.
Now, a burst brain aneurism is a really dangerous thing. 50% of people who have them don’t even live long enough to make it to the hospital. Of those that do make it, only 50% survive in the hospital. Sierra has now beaten these odds twice. And here’s the hard part. They can’t do surgery to repair the second aneurism because she’s too weak and won’t survive. But, because of the plasma they gave her, the aneurism has clotted and is not actively bleeding. Don’t know how long that clot will stay there, though, and, if it starts to bleed again, she’ goes back to having a 50% chance of making it to a proper hospital. How many times do you think she’ll beat the odds? It’s a twisted game of Russian roulet, I tell you. But, the doctors say she’s got better chances with the clot then she does with the surgery at least for now. They’ll be re-evaluating her on the 14th to see if she’s strong enough for surgery then.
She’s in a convelescent hospital now and she does seem a little better everytime I see her. Physically better, that is. Mentally? Well, mentally she’s just about as crazy as you get. She talks regualarly with her mother, who’s been dead for 2 years, and she’s having all sorts of other hallucinations. And, even though she can’t walk without major assistance, she keeps trying to get out of bed and her wheelchair, resulting in her falling on her face. This has happened 4 or 5 times now and they’ve had to resort to tying her restraints in the back because she was untying them.
So, needless to say, we need more prayer. And I know I can count on you all for that.
But, the whole reason I bring that up is to explain her Christmas gift. You see, she’s a jewelry person, especially beads and stones and silver. So I had originally planned to make her a knitted beaded bracelet. However, right now she needs that like she needs a hole in the head, (Ha!) so I thought about what I could make that was quick, easy and was something she could use.
I came up with slipper socks.
Project: Ribby Slipper Socks by Cathy Carron (Rav Me!)
Yarn: Louet Gems Bulky in Lilac
Needles: US 8 and 11
Date Started: December 13 2009
Date Completed: December 17 2009
Notes: I held the yarn doubled for the foot and then single for the ankle. Each slipper took a day to complete. They were really really easy and, if they weren’t so ugly, I’d say a great last minuted gift. However, they can’t be comfy to walk in and they are pretty ugly, so I don’t think I’ll be making them again. I’d rather just make regular socks on big needles. However, for my MIL, these are perfect.