Blairsville, Ga (high 65, low 52)
We’ve been enjoying the lovely fall weather here and looking forward to the annual fall colors.
Things are changing fast and we’re thinking the colors will be changing earlier than usual.
For the past few years, we hold our breath that we will be able to travel and that we will be able to stay as long as we plan. My almost 86 year old Mother has health issues, so we never know just how she will be doing.
A few days ago, I got a call from my brother that he was taking Mom to the hospital. She was acting odd, just kind of staring into space, and not talking much.
She had been on antibiotics for a urinary track infection and we were thinking she just hadn’t completely gotten over it. She can get very confused and disoriented when she has a UTI.
They admitted her to the hospital, ran all sorts of tests for possible stroke, and also checked out her heart including giving her a stress test. All came back normal for a woman her age, but they did show some brain shrinkage.
She was ok the first day, but the second day she became more and more confused and didn’t know who or where she was. My brother and I thought we had lost her, at least mentally. Al and I started preparing to get back to Tampa, but it takes us a few days to get things winterized here and on the road. We were preparing to send her to a rehab center when she was discharged from the hospital. At that point, we couldn’t care for in her home.
The doctors had her on iv fluids while she was there. The third day, she came back to normal. She was mentally clear, or at least as clear as she has been the past year or two. The doctor mentioned that she was dehydrated and we think that may have caused her problems.
We have had a lot of trouble getting her to drink enough when she’s at home. When she eats a meal, she may take a sip or two or water, but getting her to drink more is next to impossible.
Since she is back to the way she was before she went to the hospital, Al and I decided to postpone our departure. We are hoping to be able to stay a little longer.
We made arrangements for someone to sit with her when my brother is at work, just to make sure she is ok.
So…… As of now we are still in Georgia and trying to snatch a few more days of our beautiful mountain weather.
We took a drive over to nearby Cherokee, NC yesterday afternoon. We saw some very interesting things. More later, but here is a hint.