Paul has asked me to post an update on the status of his mother, Helen. As you may or may not know, Helen has been in critical condition in a hospital in Connecticut for three weeks.
What began as a Gall Bladder that needed to be removed, quickly progressed to Pancreatitis, extremely high elevated Liver levels, sepsis, infection, uncontrolled high fevers, elevated blood pressure and heart rate and she was on a ventilator for almost two weeks since she was unable to breath on her own.
In the last few days, Helen has become progressively less responsive.
Friday, a CAT scan of her Brain revealed that she has a blood clot as well as two large areas of bleeding. The most significant bleeding is in her left hemisphere and is in her language center. The second area is in her right hemisphere and may affect her left side body control.
Another CAT scan of her abdomen has revealed a tumor on one of her Kidneys. This tumor may be the cause of the bleeding in her Brain
This evening, another CAT scan of her Brain has been performed, primarily to assess whether the bleeding has progressed. It is also possible that there could be a tumor in the brain, but it is difficult to see what is below the bleeding areas.
Last I spoke with Paul, they had had a consult from Neurology and were waiting to hear from the Neuro-Surgical team.
Paul is devastated. His family is devastated. We are all devastated.
We are taking this one hour at a time and appreciate all of your love and support. We welcome comments to this post and Paul will be able to read them in Connecticut. For our Northeast friends who would like to reach out to Paul and his family at this time, please contact me and I will provide details as to where to reach them.
Life is short. Life is unpredictable. Moments like this are painful reminders of the simplicity of those messages. We never know what lies around each corner and what fateful card will be dealt to each of us. We can only hope to persevere through these moments with a strength of spirit and an open heart knowing that we’ve loved, appreciated and savored every moment with those we love.