Monday, June 14, 2010


As many of you know, my mom Sally fell and broke her right arm just below the shoulder almost 12 weeks ago.
I have had sooo many wonderful people inquire about her that I thought I would spend a few minutes and put down some details.
(This photo of is Sally with her sister Leona  5/16/10)
It has been a very hard 12 weeks for mom. We came so close to losing her a couple of times...

The break is in a location where casting her arm wouldn't help to speed the healing, and because of her overall health she is not a candidate for surgery (but surgery would not have really benefited her anyway).
The pain associated with the break has been terrible, and the pain management medication she was given right after the accident only made matters worse for her.  She couldn't tolerate the heavy narcotics and spent 2 days violently ill.  As a result of all this Sally's weight dropped to 87 lbs. The pain removes her appetite, and the meds she takes removes her willingness to eat-lol.
However, she has increased her weight to 91 lbs over the last couple of weeks-YAY!

Every Wednesday, we meet Leona, some nieces, and sometimes a grandchild or two for lunch out---GLO!

We also spend a lot of boring time at the hospital for x-rays, tests, and other medical drudgery...

There is still a long road ahead of her as she works to recover, but she is a very determined, STUBBORN lady (My dad and I have come face to face with her stubbornness over these last weeks, let me tell you)!
This is a picture of my mom and her "attitude" about eating...She wasn't even willing to look at a sandwich that day-lol.

She receives Physical Therapy 3 days a week, and strives every day to eat adequately (Here she is with her therapist Jim).

She is working hard to gain back her strength, and ability to stand, as well as her independence...she is sick to death of my dad and myself-but then who wouldn't be after 12 weeks with the 2 of us nagging and bossing her around?

Thank you everyone for your love and concern, I will  post more up to date info as she improves!
Love to all!


Anonymous said...

Amber, I love you mom!! She is special. I always ask Reed how she is doing. the weight gain is GREAT!!!! She is lucky to have you and your dad. Keep on nagging!!!!

the thrifty ba said...

amber, i didnt realize this! im going to keep her in my prayers! i hope she recovers soon and be able to come to your make your own party!

Julie said...

What a trooper she is! And a BEAUTIFUL one, inside and out! I love that picture of her at the dr office looking bored off her WAHOOZEE! :) I'm so glad she is doing better! But I really am going to bring her some yummy donuts and MAKE her eat them ALL so she puts on some weight! You need to start calling her "half-pint" :) I love YOU and she is BEYOND lucky to have you and your family to help her along! And your amazing DAD as well. He seems JUST like my Dad! So even though I don't know him well, I love him! Hang in there! You are truly AMAZING!! You and your sweet family are in our prayers. A few weeks ago, when I reminded Bubba to remember your mom in his prayers he said, "Oh yah, and bless Ambers mom to be careful and not fall anymore!" Haha! Gotta love our kids!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Amber, it isn't progressing very quickly is it? I would like to come visit again soon. Let me know. I love the pix of Iola and daughters. Hang in there. We lost Eloise Morris and Lillie Stucki last week. Nice funerals. Love you, Shirley and family

Anonymous said...

Amber, you are a beautiful woman. Whoops, that was redundant! Love from a cousin who shall remain nameless

Anonymous said...

Amber...thanks for the update. I'm glad to hear that there is progress. Give her a hug and kiss from me! XOXO Janer

Anonymous said...

Amber, this is a wonderful blog for your Mom. And I love the picture of Iola with the girls. I was Iola's visiting teacher for many years and alway enjoyed her. Same goes for Sally! She is a phenomenal Lady. Please give her my love! You are wonderful in your care for her. Love, Becky Pitkin Evans