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Tough Love

Tough Love

I requested Mom undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and a few hours after she had returned from her angiogram on Tuesday, Dr. Vincent Ziegler stopped by for a brief visit. For awhile, I’d been thinking she was battling some sort of mental disorder that prevented her from bathing more than once a week, restricted her diet … Continue reading

Squeaky Wheel

Squeaky Wheel

Tuesday morning, Mom was taken via ambulance to another hospital, where Dr. John Holmes would perform her angiogram. We waited with her in the small curtained area while she underwent pre-op tests. Mom was nervous, and her blood pressure was high, so I asked a nurse for an anti-anxiety medicine that would help our mother relax. While we … Continue reading

Squeaky Wheel

Squeaky Wheel

About an hour after Mom’s bath, the first of many physicians examined her in her hospital room. I stood up from my chair, extended my hand, and made the cursory introductions. I learned he was a cardiologist, and he looked as if he were about my mom’s age, which comforted me. He read over her chart, … Continue reading

Now What?

Now What?

Journal Entry: October 13, 2002 (Sunday) Okay, technically it’s Monday morning, 1:30 to be exact, and I’ve just left Mom at St. Mary’s hospital. She’s had a stroke. A freaking stroke. Oh, they use fancy words, words that don’t resonate with me, like “cerebral hemorrhage.” As far as the heart attack goes, the doctors don’t … Continue reading