Friday, April 25, 2008

What a scare

This has been a stressful week for us. Tuesday we rushed my mother in law to the hospital because she had nausea, abdominal pain and a fever of 103. After a CT scan we found out she had appendicitis and they had to operate as soon as possible. Ok I'm sure I mentioned in my last post that she is 82 years old. So imagine, she doesn't speak any English nor does her daughter and son in law who brought her here, and the day before she goes home her appendix nearly bursts. I chose a hospital near MrPea's work since, obviously, his French is better than mine and I wanted to make sure it would be easy for him to get there fast. Thankfully everything went well and she's convalescing comfortably in our home prolonging their visit for at least another week. I'm just so thankful this did not happen a day later while she was en route to Canada in a damn plane. I was so scared. I am proud of how well I held it together considering I only have two years of high school French. Ok and let me tell ya, anyone who goes on vacation with me to any French speaking country would be well taken care of...I might not be able to talk philosophy, my accent is not the prettiest, but dammit I can get you what you need! And I get better everyday. I'm as tired as tired can be from the sleeplessness and stress but I should be ok by this week's end.

12 comments:

marymurtz said...

Yikes! I'm glad she was okay!!!

And remind me to take you along if I ever decide to go to France with a tricky appendix!

flutter said...

((you))

super des said...

You're my hero. I've learned that all you need to get by in another language are the politeness, food, and medical.

This coming from a girl who knows no medical Spanish, even after studying abroad. But you rock and I'm glad she's ok.

thailandchani said...

Glad to know things are leveling out for you a bit and that your MIL is okay.

Be well.. stay well... :) It has been good communicating with you.

hele said...

You rock

seventh sister said...

Be sure to take care of yourself, too. Go and get a massage or facial or something equally relaxing as soon as you can. Or maybe just a walk on you favorite beach.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I'm so glad she survived the ordeal, and that you are doing well enough to take care of her.

My appendix burst when I was 11, so I knew exactly what was coming when I read about the fever, nausea and pain. But what an awful thing to have happen at age 82.

Take good care of you now. Can I pick up some croissants and meet you at the beach?

anne said...

So glad your mom is ok! Whew!

Also, I hope you got some much-needed rest over the weekend.

Apologies for my absence of late - school is almost over (for a few weeks), so I'll be able to catch up soon.

Courtney said...

Glad she's okay! Was she able to make the trip home right away, or did they have to delay? I wouldn't think they'd let her travel so soon after surgery.

Maurey said...

Good thoughts to you, Ms. LP.

I don't know what it is lately, but everyone around me is facing health issues. Yucko.

Mariposa said...

Glad to know your MIL is fine...that sounds scary! And wow, you can speak French!

Laurie said...

I bet you will need to recuperate as well, that kind of thing stressful enough without the language barrier.