Just a quick update, it's been over a week. Sorry about that, but things are busy right now.
My mother's in the hospital, and we don't know what's wrong. She's been having random nausea/vomiting/sweating spells for the past few months, and she said Dr. H hasn't been able to figure it out yet. I would NOT be shocked if she has been downplaying how she's feeling either. She was hospitalized while in Michigan on vacation, and they couldn't figure it out then either. They thought it may be her gallbladder, but ruled that out. After 2 days, they called it food poisoning and sent her home. She's been home from vacation for about a month now, and the spells have continued and just gotten worse. Earlier this week, she got bad enough that my brothers and I were threatening to knock her out and call an ambulance. She's stubborn and definitely didn't want to go. Once her face and hands went numb, she let us take her. Crazy asshat..
So far, they've treated her for dangerously low potassium levels (and something about the potassium is making her act like she's had a stroke at times.. slurring her speech, no control of her hands, very confused). As of last night, her doctor thinks the low potassium is an effect, not a cause. Especially since her potassium was NOT low when she was hospitalized in Michigan. They ran a long list of tests yesterday including a CT, MRI, colon scan, echo, and HIDA, and we're waiting on the results now. Her doctor also mentioned multiple ulcers because they're constantly draining blood from her stomach, and also thinks this too is an effect.
Basically, they don't know what the hell is wrong yet, and that's scary. Having my mother cry hysterically while trying to pull a tube out of her nose and begging me to take her home is even scarier. My mom does NOT cry. Ever. And then she informed me that she knew she wasn't leaving the hospital alive. Fuck.
So yeah, it's been a bad week. Prayers are definitely appreciated right now. As of last night, she was at least aware of what's going on and able to carry on a conversation (in between getting sick). So that's an improvement.
Hopefully, they'll tell us today that she just has the flu or something. And then we'll all laugh about how freaked out we all were. That would be awesome.