Jan 5, 2015

The 5 am phone call

I took an Ativan last night about 2am to calm down and help me sleep.  So when I was awakened at 5am this morning, my head felt like a watermelon.  She was being transferred to Cleveland Clinic, two hours from here, by her primary care physician.  He had been on a holiday vacation, just got back, and contacted the Clinic when he saw her this morning.  After the mild weather for the last month, today is frigid, windy, with a layer of ice from days of rain beneath a layer of snow.  Mark will take off work tomorrow and drive me there, I will stay at a hotel that has shuttle service to the Clinic.  I understand that area will be getting 5-8" of snow and do not want to be driving myself.  By the time she is admitted, sees a doctor, tests are reviewed, I doubt anything will take place today but if so, he will leave work early and we'll go.  I've done online research every evening and the doctors here seem to have the same conclusion.  Sudden and severe heart failure which is why she is unable to breathe with movement or lying down.  I believe that the torsades incident and being paddled 9 times damaged the heart and it's worsened ever since, even after the drastic AV node ablation that we now know was not necessary. We are cautious in thinking they will be able to help her.  Her tears and fears of dying are making me physically ill, and I need to suck it up.  I may be a bitch but I'm also an emotional wimp, and watching my Dad gasp for air for weeks is being replayed with her. 
 
 Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.
 
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Edit - she just called.  Her room is better than a hotel, full sofa, two recliners, tables, cupboards, beautiful bath, and I'm invited to sleep on the pull out sofa.  She is very impressed with the nurses and doctor already.

66 comments:

Robin said...

Oh Marly! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family.

Robin in Virginia

Karen said...

My heart goes out to you. Karen in NC

Vera said...

Oh Marly! I am so, so sorry. Continued prayers for your sister, her son, for you and also safe travels to you and Mark. Will be thinking of you.

celkalee said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and you poor suffering Sister. What a difficult situation! Hopefully this new provider will be able to help her. May your away from home stay be as easy as possible. Take care.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Ooooo Marly ... Keeping you all in my prayers.... 'Trust in Jesus'.

As always,
Barb

OLD CROW FARM said...

Prayers for all of you. Please be careful as you travel. Hugs, Sher

Chris said...

Praying for her and your family.

Mary said...

You are in my thoughts...

CalamityJr said...

Your whole family will be in my prayers, Marly. I am so sorry you are going through this.

Ele said...

Thinking of you

Jimmie said...

Hi Marly,

I'm so very sorry to hear about your sister's latest problems. My own mother suffered from COPD for many years and it is absolutely so painful to watch someone you love try to get a good breath. My heart goes out to you and to her. Try to take good care of yourself, if you can. I'm sure you are completely worn out, both physically and emotionally. I'll be praying for all of you.

Love from Diane in North Carolina

Jonette said...

My heart goes out to you. My mother went through so much of this with heart failure. So hard to watch your loved one suffer.

karen said...

Oh Marly, I am so sorry. Sending prayers to all of you.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

I can only imagine how scared your sister must be, and you too. I hope with all my heart that this awful problem is successfully resolved and quickly. Take care of yourself in all this if you can. Love Irene xxx

jan said...

Marly,

Let's hope that the nice facility bodes better things ahead. It is nice for the patient and family when the hospital facilitates a family member's staying over night, although that is exhausting when done day after day. ...jan

gracie said...

Sorry this is still a problem. Keeping you in my thoughts

Hazel said...

Praying for you all. xxxx

Denise said...

Praying for you and your family. My brother-in-law was in the Cleveland Clinic for six weeks with two ruptured brain aneurysms. The care there was absolutely wonderful. It has been two years and I am happy to say he is alive and well. I think your sister is in the best place she could be right now. Please keep us posted as to her progress. As her care giver, you need to take care of yourself. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Lisa Sener said...

Thoughts and prayers are winging your way from Maryland. Us bitches usually hide marshmallow insides, especially with our loved ones! Don't forget to take your pills.


Lisa in MD -- MLSENER@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Marly I am so sorry... It does sound like she is in the best possible place for help. Just please take care and safe travels. I am so glad you have such a wonderful, caring husband. He knows how lucky he is to have you in his life, sending love and prayers, Debbie in IL

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Hoping and praying that all goes well for you all. Stay safe. xx

Simple Pleasure said...

Marly
My continued prayers are with you and your family...
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

Zoe said...

Sending good thoughts your way.

Shirlee said...

Praying for all of you!

Dede said...

Praying that your sister will receive the healing care she needs. And praying for you in this very difficult and emotional time. Peace and courage to you both.
Dede, KS

Carol said...

Thinking of you and dear Carole, Marly--it sounds like she couldn't be in a better hospital right now... Will keep you both in my prayers.

backporchcarver said...

Thinking of you and your sister and saying prayers for both of you.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Her name is written in my prayer journal and on my heart...I'm praying. God will provide for her and for you, somehow, but you are treading a terribly rocky, uphill road right now....but we all are praying!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Your edit sounds good - I hope she gets the help she needs and you can stay with her!!

Pat said...

Thought and prayers are with you. Myra el safe.

sheravery said...

Marly,
To put it bluntly, sometimes life just plain sucks!! I am so very sorry to hear that your sister is still having problems. I pray that all will be well soon. Keep your chin up and maintain that 'bitchy' attitude. I've found it can get you through some pretty tough times :>) !

-Sherry-

capecodgirl565 said...

Marly, my prayers continue for your sister, her son and you. I don't know how you are keeping it all together, but know that a great many people are sending prayers your way. Have safe travels and I hope things will start to improve for all of you.

Vickie said...

I am praying Marly. I am so sorry. I am so glad to see so many praying.

Joanie said...

Sending prayers your way. Be careful driving and I know you will feel better when you see your sister.

{{{Hugs, Marley!!!)))

Anonymous said...

The word that comes to mind when I think of you is angel. Prayers and good wishes for you and your family.

Sandra Ree

Wanda said...

Dear Marly,
I am so sorry for all you and your sister are going through. I am so glad you are able to be with your sister. Sending lots of good thoughts and prayers to you.

Anonymous said...

Marly, Please know we are praying for you, Carole, Chris and Mark. SAH

Melody said...

Oh, Marly, good luck on these scary health issues! I am thinking of you and all of your family. Take care of yourself.

Maggee said...

Marly--I echo the sentiments of all comments previous to me, in that I will keep on praying for the best in this situation. 'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him' (part of Romans 15:13)

Mugwump Woolies said...

Sending prayers and good thoughts your way...take care.
Robyn

Kathy Barrick said...

My heart just aches for you. Please know I'm keeping you in my thoughts and am hoping for the VERY best outcome!!!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

sending you every ounce of positive energy I can muster up ~ for you all.
Please know that you will be in many thoughts and prayers and if you need us we're here ~
xoxox
L

C. M. Designs said...

I'm praying that the move to the Cleveland Clinic will be the one to restore Carole to good health. I'm glad that there are accommodations for you to be able to be close to your sweet sister. I know both of you must be just about at the end of the rope.. Just hang on. Carole is in God's hands and you are doing all you can for her..
Sending positive thoughts your way. So glad you have Mark to help you at this time.
Warm hugs,
Charlotte in Va.

Mouse said...

sending you (((huge hugs)))) and for your sister too .... she sounds like she is in a fabulous place for care and that you are also able to stay with her will be a great comfort to you both ..... love mouse xxxxx

Judy said...

Keeping you and your sister in prayers. Hope you have a safe trip. And hopefully the Cleveland Clinic will be able to help her. I have always heard great things about this clinic.

Prayers,
Judy Heartland stitcher

Heritage Hall said...

Marly dear ~ Continued prayers for
health-giving treatment for Carole and Chris and peace, calm
and safety for you and Mark in your devotion to them. May He enfold you all in His healing mercies, love, comfort, strength and peace. We who love you are
praying you through....

Frances N said...

So very sorry and you have my thoughts, prayers, and all well-wishes.

Margaret said...

Lots of prayers for you all. And hugs too.

Barb said...

It must be some relief that she is happy with the hospital. My thoughts are still with you both!

Krista said...

Sending you prayers and hugs xxxx

Anonymous said...

Marly, I love to read your blog and the one thing that always comes through is how much you love your family. Safe journey to the hospital and prayers for you all. Jen in NC

Mary A said...

There's no better place for your sister. Trust me on this. They are world class and on par with the Mayo Clinic. She's in good hands. Prayers are winging your way.

Susan said...

I am so sorry Marly. Will keep Carol, you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam in IL said...

Praying for you both!

Ana Roat said...

With God all things are possible. Praying for a complete healing for Carole and her son and peace in abundance for you.

Be safe on the road, stay warm and we will look for a more positive report when next we meet!

ana

Happy Room Diana said...

My. Prayers are flying to you from England UK.

sandi s said...

Cleveland Clinic is an amazing hosptilat! I hope they can help. I just got back from there with my adult daughter. We spent 2 1/2 months there and they were a wonderful help to her! We can't say enough good things about the doctors, nurses, anyone who even works there for their kindness and caring. My prayers go out to you and your family that things are good for all of you. Hugs,

Isabelle said...

All my prayers for your sister

P.J. said...

Praying she gets the care and comfort she needs and deserves. Thinking of you as you are by her side. Peace be with you all.

Annmarie said...

Daily prayers continue for your family.

terry a said...

sending love and prayers your way

Kathy L. said...

I hope this new clinic will be able to help her. Prayers to you and your family. What a tough time you have all had.

laceystitcher said...

Having the initial impression of the clinic, nurses, etc. be positive is a good thing; makes everything so much better. I am glad that you will be able to stay in her room with her. I will continue to pray for grace and strength for both of you in all things. God does answer prayer. Blessings to all of you.............

Penny said...

Marly, I join the others in sending many prayers and best wishes for your sister's renewed health. Hoping this new clinic will know what she needs. Please take care of yourself.
Penny

Rugs and Pugs said...

Prayers and hugs to you both.
Lauren

Three Sheep Studio said...

My prayers are with you and your family. Your sister is fortunate to have you.
Rose

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