I'll start off by saying that I can't thank you enough for sticking with me these past few months. Cause if you're still reading this blog you're either desperate for something to pass the time, or you are a prayer warrior. And if you're a prayer warrior, then I need your help.
My mom was admitted to the hospital last Tuesday, May 30th. She was given two units of blood and her hemoglobin is back to normal. Thank you, Lord. They made her drink 5-6 Ensure protein drinks per day since Wednesday, and the excess fluid they had been draining is DRAMATICALLY BETTER. Her feet and legs are almost back to normal!!! They had been so swollen mom was just miserable.
They kept her in the hospital until Friday when they transferred her to the rehabilitation unit to try to build up her strength with some physical therapy and occupational therapy. She will stay there 10 to 14 days and she actually started PT and OT today.
The bottom line is this, my mom has to drink 5 or 6 Ensure protein drinks per day, every day. She has zero appetite and is nauseous most of the time, so drinking those is a real struggle for her. They are 8 ounces apiece, which for me is no big deal, but for her, well, getting down 5 or 6 of them over the course of a day is very difficult. She can eat "real food" but she only eats a few bites here and there, so the protein drinks are a MUST for her to get better. Without them she doesn't get NEARLY ENOUGH protein or vitamins or minerals or calories. If she doesn't drink 5 or 6 shakes per day, then the fluid will come back, what LITTLE strength she has regained she will lose, and we're right back where we were last Tuesday when she was admitted.
I need you to pray for an increased appetite for my mother. The doctor has put her on an appetite stimulant, but it can take several days for that to begin working. We need her WANTING to drink those shakes and WANTING to eat regular food. Cause for right now, we really have to push her to get her to drink them which, as you can imagine, is no fun for her, or for us.
As I said, she has been losing weight and strength and muscle tone the past couple of months, and she is very weak. The physical therapy WEARS HER OUT and makes her want to sleep, which makes it hard for her to get the 5 or 6 protein shakes down cause you can't drink while you're napping, but without the shakes she has zero energy and she will go backwards and we can't have that. As you can see it's a vicious cycle.
My mother would be very upset with me if she knew I was posting this about her. She doesn't want anyone to know she is struggling. But if you don't know what's going on with her, then how do you know how to pray?? So, there it is. My mother needs a major increase in her appetite. She needs a lot of encouragement. She needs a WILL to get better. The doctor has told us it is totally up to her. If she can drink the shakes, get her strength back, and then transition over to "real food" she will be fine. If she won't, well, the exact words of the doctor to my mother were "this ends badly for you."
I know that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond ANYTHING we can ask. So I continue to ask that you agree with us for COMPLETE AND TOTAL HEALING IN JESUS NAME.
I've said it before, I can't thank you enough for the prayers you have lifted for my mother. While I may never be able to thank you in person here on this earth, what a time we will have in heaven together one day!! I love you all, and I pray God's blessings upon you and yours as you read this and respond in prayer. I love my mother so very much. I just want her back and healthy and whole.