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04 May 2005 @ 08:52 pm
Just call me "Drive-y McWOWthatsucked"  
Let me preface this by saying I love my Mom very very much. I'm not begrudging her anything - I'm just plain cranky-drove-too-much-today girl. Not to mention gas prices...

As some of you know, my Mom had heart surgery last Thursday. Before she was admitted, she asked if I (as opposed to my sister*) would pick her up when she was discharged. "Absolutely," said I. "Just give me a heads up the day before so I can tell them I'm not coming in to work."

Cut to today. I was at work, racing about like a mad bookseller per usual. I'd just received a huge honkin' palette of kids' department books when I was told I had a phone call. It was my husband. "They're discharging your Mom today. Now, actually."

What the heck? She'd been in A-fib yesterday. They put her on heparin. And coumadin. Even she, a nurse, had figured that meant she'd be there a day or two more.

"Shit," I said. After a moment's consideration, I said it again. With force. Then I told my manager that I had to leave NOW. I was utterly unprepared. I had Mom's clothes and shoes and wallet at my house, a good 45 minutes north of my New Jersey bookstore - a good hour, hour and a half from the city. So, I drove into NYC to get Mom, who left the fine hospital clad in a hospital gown, slippers and robe.

On to my house - which, I might say, she'd not yet seen. There we got Mom dressed like a normal person once more. I took her on a quick tour of the town. Hey, she needs to tell Dad how wonderful and charming it is if she's to convince him to move nearer to me!

Then, another hour and a half to Connecticut. There, I changed the linens on her bed, threw in a load of laundry, cleaned the litterbox, dropped of her prescriptions AND went grocery shopping.

After that, it was yet another hour and a half in the car as I traipsed back to New York state. But, before I left, Mom asked if I would take her to the hospital for her follow-up visit in six weeks.


"Absolutely." What the heck. I'll have recovered by then. And, more importantly - she is my Mom. And even more importantly, her doctor is kinda hot.

*you know, I was going to do a sub-rant about my sister, but I don't have the energy right now. Love her, too, but - gah.
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on May 4th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
Nothing like a little advance notice. :( I wonder if that was the insurance company at shirk work, saying nay to another day's stay. Seems like they toss people out of the hospital these days *way* too fast.
CAPTAIN FERNANDO"THE ROVER"BLACKwyrdcousin on May 4th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
she is always mom
as i work in a hospital I know the codes
when you hear dr brown paged it means for dr's to empty any beds possible
add to that insurance paying less and less
did you know the average stay for a pregnancy is just over 24 hrs not more than 48
yet i know of patients in the behavioral health unit[that's phyche floor] who still there after 6 months with only few days out then back again and again

glad you managed in a hectic enviroment
Ratesjul: Warrior Bear Peter Panratesjul on May 4th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
Good going, Kel.
You rock. But, of course, you know that. (Or, you should! ;))
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on May 5th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
that's because our health care is based on bean-counting digits and charts and tables and not actual CARE.
Kathytoosha on May 5th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
I so feel for you because I know that this is all in my future. My brother lives on the other side of the country when he's acutally in it and my Sister has nothing to do with my folks.

I don't know if you were serious about wanting them to move closer to you but if you were I wish you the best of luck. It will make it slightly less stress full on you and at least save on gas.
Vampcursevampcurse on May 5th, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
Sounds like you handled that stress day very well. I can't believe hospitals and insurance companies. That seems really early to discharge a patient who just had heart surgery. Penny pinching cockmonkeys!

I'm glad your mom is doing well tho!
Mairearanturas on May 5th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
Glad your Mom's better -- sorry you had to rush around -- it's truly amazing how short hospital stays have become these days -- but at least her doctor's hot so you have that to look forward to.