My mom has made remarkable progress. It has been such a roller coaster of emotions; I have not felt up to posting. I think last month was a month of recovery and regrouping as my focus had been on helping my mother through a long term and likely fatal illness and moving towards letting go. Death is not something I can feel good about and it seemed likely that death was my Mothers path.
I get very emotional just thinking about it. I don’t think I was able to really embrace it and feel very overwhelmed with how hard I was working to muddle through each day without losing it. I expected, but could not stand, that my Mother would likely die around the holidays. Add this on to the care of two small boys who don't really understand why their grandmother is living in their room and certainly don't enjoy the hospital. It made for a very challenging couple months.
She did not die and she is doing really well with recovering from surgery for the obstruction and chemo! She is getting great care and they are even talking about doing surgery to reverse the ostomy next month! Miraculous(or appropriate care?!)
She is back in Austin and seeing clients again. She drove herself up to Dallas for her chemo treatment this month and then drove back home. She will continue with chemo every 3 weeks and will likely have surgery next month or April to reverse the ostomy. Your thoughts and prayers have been much appreciated.