Some things just blow your mind. The phone rang late Monday afternoon. It was my mom calling from her hospital bed. Yes, from her hospital bed, checking in with us. Not at all what we expected given the weekend she had.
On Saturday things had gone from bad to worse. My brother and sister had taken her back to ER. She was still confused and not making any sense of the world. The hospital ran tests, did a CT scan and reported that she had in fact had a minor stroke. We were devastated by the news. A neurologist saw her on Sunday. He evaluated her cognitive impairment. He looked at the CT scan. He told my siblings that he thought my mom had been experiencing dementia for a while (which she has) and that the stroke and UTI had pushed her into vascular dementia with Alzheimer's. He ordered an MRI, which she had on Sunday. We have not yet heard the results.
Then, suddenly there were brief moments of lucidity late Sunday afternoon. She looked at photos of her grand-daughter's baby shower on my sister's phone. She was delighted with what she was seeing. She spoke coherently. She was still in a confused state, didn't know where she was exactly, but there was the hint of a spark in there.
Monday morning, she remembered my father's name and that she had four children and their names. It was not easy, but she worked at it and got it right. I was still worried. Remembering my father's name and the rest is a pretty low bar for cognitive functioning. But we were thrilled.
Later in the day my sister said my mom could carry on a bit of a conversation. Then, my older brother in Virginia called and said he had spoken with her on the phone. He said, "Robin, she's back. She's really back." I couldn't believe it. I thought it was wishful thinking.
Then, the telephone rang here. I picked it up. It was my mom.
"Hi Robin, and how are you?"
"What, how am I? How are you? MOM (that's me shouting with glee!), MOM, you're calling me up? How are you?"
"I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm getting better."
It was true. She was back!
We have no idea what comes next, but we know my mother is a truly resilient remarkable amazing woman.
And I thought I should let you know, friends. Thank you for your good wishes and kind thoughts. It meant the world to us.