Toby's mom has been having some health issues lately, but at 83 that is to be expected, I guess. While we were in Ecuador, her arthritis kicked up along with some other problemas, and she was put in the hospital. Since then, she has not fully recovered. Things came to a head this weekend. There was lots going on with her health, but basically her sodium levels dropped and things got crazy - literally. So she went back into the hospital to get the sodium back to normal and check out other possibilities of health issues. Friday Toby took a half day to go see her and try to be of help. We got home well after our usual bedtime. Saturday morning, Toby and I worked on stuccoing the house. Isn't that what all couples do on their weekend? It was slow going, but it was a beautiful weekend to be outside.
Then Sunday after church, we took off to go see his mom again - now that she was home and out of the hospital. The Sisters do a great job taking care of their mom - they take on the brunt of his mother's care. Toby wants to help with his mom, but we are a bit further away and well, he is The Son, and his mom does not rely on him for that kind of care. I think it is a mom thang. My brother helps lots with my mom, but she relies on me for most things. Anyway, we spent Sunday with Toby's mom. When it came time to leave, we knew there was no way we could leave her alone. We spent the night on her floor and couch and recliner. It was not a hard night, but there was still the worry of what to do with her need for special care. When her sodium level went haywire, so did her thinking process. It was crazy. So, Monday we took her back into the doctor, who assured us it was not permanent, and would resolve itself. But what if it didn't?
We spent the Monday with her. Toby and his sister made arrangements for home health to check on her more often. As the day went on, things slowly got better. By the time we left yesterday afternoon, she was much better. Her thinking process was greatly improved. We were very thankful, but it has been a long weekend. Toby and I fell into bed last night.
I want to say I am thankful for Jesse, too. She showed up at lunch yesterday bringing her joy and laughter and making things brighter. She told stories about her art classes - she apparently has named some of her art buddies - like The Sloth. She made us all laugh. Then she took her sunshine back to class, but sunshine always brightens things even after it is gone.