28 January 2008

Amputee Mermaid

Miss M. came home from school one day recently with a nice picture of a mermaid that she'd drawn. Once home, she asked for scissors: "I want to cut out my mermaid". So I gave her a pair of scissors (the ones that have now been archived due to the finger-snipping incident last weekend - they are frightening sharp for kid's scissors). Apparently she was stumped as to how to cut around the arms, because the mermaid ended up without any. Oops.

My mother is in the hospital. It seems that she had a mini-stroke yesterday - a TIA, the kind that resolves without permanent symptoms. She was sitting at the kitchen table while I was making lunch, when she started speaking gibberish. She recognized that she was having trouble speaking, so she tried to write - same result. So I took her to the emergency room, where they ran some tests and admitted her. The gibberish abated, even before we got to the the ER, which is good. But now she's being pushed hither and yon for an echo of this, a cat scan of that, an MRI of the other. I'm glad I was there at her house when it happened. If she'd been home alone, not talking to anyone, not trying to write anything, she might never have known anything was screwy.

If bad things happen in threes, am I due for a third trip to the emergency room this week? I hope not.

42 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh no -- sorry to hear about your mom -- I hope she's continuing to recover.

pootandcubby said...

I'm sorry to hear about your mama. I hope she's on the mend soon.

-andi

Don Mills Diva said...

Sorry to hear about your mom - hope she's okay.

Julia said...

Oh, I am so sorry about your mom. But I am with you-- it's lucky you were there and both of you were able to recognize what was happening. I hope this was an isolated incident and that she gets to go home soon.

Re:mermaid. Next comes gluing the thing onto other things. Collage if you are lucky. Bad furniture accidents if you are not. It's 3pm. Do you know where your glue stick is?

the dragonfly said...

It's so good that you were there when your mom was having troubles! I hope she's okay soon.

And I love the mermaid. Poor little thing...

Victoria said...

Aw, your mama! So lucky you were there. She'll be in my thoughts.

A mermaid without arms? Is she then more stream-lined to swim, and can swim faster?

Life As I Know It said...

Sorry to hear about your mom. How scary! Glad she will be ok though.

Poor mermaid too...!

Gina said...

That's really scary - I'm glad she's going to be OK.

wheelsonthebus said...

SO sorry to hear about your mom. Sending positive thoughts.

kathy a. said...

it is so lucky you were there! and glad it was a mini-stroke. glad she is getting the full workup, to avoid future problems.

xoxoxo

p.s. -- great mermaid!

MadMad said...

Oh, knock wood - I certainly hope no more is coming! (Or maybe mermaid amputation counts as one.) I'm so sorry about your mom. How scary - and how lucky you were there!

lilypotter said...

I hope everything's okay with your mom! Really fortunate you were there.

Julie Pippert said...

So sorry to hear that happened to your mom---but glad it wasn't one with permanent trouble.

I hope it is okay.

And hope there is no third thing.

thrice said...

Sorry about your Mom. I hope she has as best of a recovery as she can. Maybe it's time to research which ER near you has the reversible stroke shot, in case she is at risk for another stroke that won't be so reversible. They don't all have it.

Miss M's mermaid is fabulous. Perhaps invest in an glue stick for future mishaps. I love glue sticks. Nice and neat.

Anjali said...

Well, I'm terribly sorry to hear about your mom. Hope all is immensely better soon.

I'm also a wee bit sorry for the mermaid. My kids tend to decapitate things when they cut them out -- I guess it's better to lose your limbs than lose your head!

Waiting Amy said...

So glad you were there with your mom! I worry about this very thing, as my folks are so far. While tedious, so good that they will work her up with the gazillion tests. Thrice gives good advice about noting the hospitals with a stroke protocol (TPA I believe). Plus they will probably advise you and her to talk about the signs of stroke with all your family and her friends, to help identify problems early. Hopefully though this is it for a long, long time.

Better the mermaid lose her arms than her tail I think! Hoping no more trips to the ER for an eon.

MamaGeek said...

Oh Magpie. I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. You'll all be in my thoughts.

That mermaid is fantastic BTW.

Suz said...

I'm sorry about your mom! How frightening for her!

slouching mom said...

Oh, goodness. How frightening. Thank God you were there.

xxoo

flutter said...

oof! Poor mama!

Aurelia said...

I'm very glad you were there!

Mayberry said...

I'm forgetting your mom's cool nickname ... but regardless, hope all's well or soon will be.

Alisha said...

I am so sorry about M. I hope she's hanging in there. And I am quite happy to hear more details- that she was not alone, that you could take her, etc.
My love to you and the family....

jen said...

i'm so sorry about your mom, love.

Awesome Mom said...

I am so glad that your mom is doing better and that you were there when the stroke happened. I feel for that poor armless mermaid too. How is she going to put her shell bra on if it comes off?

Isis said...

Hope your mom keeps feeling better and survives all the tests. I'm thinking about you and her.

Beth said...

I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I'm so glad you were with her. Please keep us posted on her progress!

KC said...

Glad to hear that it was only a TIA and that you were there. Hopefully they can now prevent anything more serious from happening.

painted maypole said...

oy. so glad she is OK, and hope that nothing further happens

Mrs. G. said...

I'm sending good thoughts to your mother.

And tell your daughter not to worry about her lovely armless mermaid. They do all their swimming with their tail. Problem solved.

peppermint t said...

I'm glad your mom is ok -- and I hope you're not in for any more emergency room trips!

And I love the mermaid -- we have many similar drawings at our house (except I'm not brave for scissors yet).

Eva said...

Best wishes to your mom!

Jessica said...

so glad it was minor.

fyi, just got some awesome safety scissors from ikea. it would take great effort to snip a body part with these

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katiez said...

That is a bit scary! My mother had a 'few' just before Christmas. Thankfully, my sister was with her to take her around...plus she lives in Assisted Living; not that she would ever consider 'bothering' a doctor...
I hope she's okay and home soon!

the mama bird diaries said...

Oh that is so scary. I'm so glad you were there and that she is doing better. Sending healing energy her way.

niobe said...

How terrifying. For you and for her.

alejna said...

How scary for you and your mother. I'm so glad you were with her.

pinknest said...

oh i'm so sorry to hear about your mom! i hope everything turns out okay. best wishes!

ps love the armless mermaid. love it.

Ophelia Rising said...

Oh, I'm so terribly sorry about your mother. I hope she heals quickly. My best wishes and loving thoughts go to you and your family.

Mad Hatter said...

Oh so sorry, Magpie. That's scary stuff to worry about. I'll be thinking about you.

AttorneyMedic said...

I'm rather new to your blog, but I thought I would post this link anyway for you or anyone else looking for a hospital which is more likely than not equipped to appropriately treat TIA's and CVA's:

http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/ems/stroke/westchester.htm

best to your mom.