And I feel the need to reach for sympathy right now.
My mom has been going to see a heart doctor for the last 3-4 months and today she went into the hospital to get a CAT scan done to see what all needed to be worked on (a routine procedure that shouldn't have posed any problems) and if she needed stints put into her heart then they would be able to do that while she was under (this is what I was told). All we knew at this point was that blood was not reaching two parts of her heart and that the large artery on the right side of her neck was about 75-80% blocked.
But, it turns out this is much more serious than we originally thought. My mom has massive heart disease and is a candidate for heart failure at any moment.
My mom was planning on staying with my older sister after the stints were put in and she was in recovery so she was already there with her. She's a medical technician and therefore was the best person to have with mom during the initial news and she informed me of everything while I was at work (I left as soon as I could to get to the hospital). When I got to the hospital my mom's best friend(who is extended family, so she's my 'Aunt') was there and my sister had gone home for the night, but she's returning in the morning.
Mom told me that they're going to clean out the blockage in her artery tomorrow in the morning. They can't do both surgeries in one day and the artery is a larger concern for them at the moment.
Everyone is amazed mom has made it this far without just complete heart failure. She's a tough woman with a hard head and incredible will, though. So I would say she made it this far from sheer will. haha
I believe the open heart surgery will be taking place either this weekend or early next week. And I know I probably sound like I'm dealing with this okay, but I really am not. I couldn't stop crying for a good while and I've been off-and-on crying since hearing the news anyway. Even right now I'm all verklempt.
I guess you're seeing the logical/responsible side of me that I put into Retsis, eh? haha
But it would be a bummer, right? If my mom died a year after my dad and on the week of Christmas when he died the week of Thanksgiving...?
The holidays would probably never be the same for me ever again. And here I thought I was having a hard time just because of daddy's death...
(tags from my tumblr posting below)
I'm seriously kind of being torn apart inside right now I'm so paranoid that everything that can go wrong will and my mom will die I will have to move hopefully I would be able to move in with my sister mom is gonna miss a lot of the Christmas plans we had even if nothing goes wrong and I realize that a few of the people I treasure most have no clue how to comfort me while those I somewhat pushed away seem to know exactly what to say right now