June 18th, 2012


My Mom

Yesterday, I had to take my mom to the emergency room. We thought that she was suffering from congestive heart failure. She slept practically the whole day, and when  she finally took a shower, she fell asleep on the toilet seat while drying off. When I went to check in on her (I was concerned because she was gone in the bathroom for over 2 hours---although it's not unusual for her to stay in the bathroom for around 1 hour due to slowness), I noticed that her legs were swollen to twice their normal size. By the time we got to the hospital, mom could hardly walk. We had to use a wheelchair.  That's what
made me think that mom was suffering from congestive heart failure, a common occurrence when you reach 96 years on Earth. 

Once, she was admitted to the ER, they hooked her up to an EMG machine. Her heartbeat registered 33 beats per minute, not the normal 76-78 beats per minute. She was diagnosed to have bradycardia (slow heartbeat), and we were informed that she needed a pacemaker. 

So here we are in the ICU, awaiting her surgery for the pacemaker implantation. So far, her spirits are good. Let's hope that it'll continue.