Sunday, February 25, 2007

Guest blogging ain't fun

This is the Girlchild reporting some unfortunate news. Around 5:30 on Thursday evening, my mother was getting ready to leave work and talking with her boss when she collapsed and had atleast one seizure. They transported her to the hospital right next door, where they diagnosed her with subarachnoid hemorhaging and helicoptered her to the hospital downtown. Friday afternoon they performed a cerebral angiogram and confirmed that she has a brain aneurysm. Last night they performed surgery to clip the aneurysm, performed by the surgeon she requested, and it went as smoothly as possible. Right now she is in the neurological critical care unit, and we expect her to stay there for atleast a week until they determine there are no further complications. The good news is that she survived long enough to have the surgery performed and the surgery went well. The bad news is that she will not be out of the woods for atleast 10 days. I just thought you all should know. Please keep her in your thoughts, and if you're the praying type we are accepting those as well. I myself have been worshipping at the Grey Goose altar, and I have to say it is quite therapeutic. So...hopefully all will continue to go well and next time I post it can be to regale you all with the crazy tales that arise with each phone call to family members.

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. Thank you for the update. I'll be thinking of her, and hoping to hear good news as the days go by. Take good care of yourself, ok?

Myshelle10 from KR

Anonymous said...

Oh, my! Thank you for letting us know. I've been reading your mom's blog for a few years and above all what comes through her writing is her bravery and courageousness. I will pray for her and send healing thoughts her way.

Anonymous said...

Your Mom, brother, and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Oh yes, Murphy and Dudley too.

Gene

FireDragon said...

My thoughts and prayers.

Jane said...

I'm thinking about all of you, too. Much love to your mom, and save some for yourself.

Restless Knitter said...

Oh my! Please tell her that she is in my thoughts and I'm wishing her a speedy and painless recovery. Keep us updated.

Debi said...

What a tribute to your mom's strength that she has come this far in light of such shocking and unfortunate circumstances. I pray for her continued full recovery and you all will be in my thoughts! Tell her Debi and the P-Man say "we're with ya, neighbor!"

Amie said...

Give her a big hug for me, please!!!! And take good care of yourself.

If you need to talk, send me an e-mail RoseByAny AT hotmail...

And for god's sake don't drive anywhere - it's the equivelant of smiting the god of your alter...

ikate said...

OMG! Many good vibes coming your way.

Donna said...

Sending well wishes, good thoughts and prayers for all the family.

rho said...

Hi - be sure to tell your mom we are all pulling for her and lots and lots of prayers and good wishes and thoughts are going out in her behalf. Is there somewhere we can bombard her with cards to keep her spirits up??

Geogrrl said...

Dear Lord! I am SO sorry to hear this!

I've enjoyed Catherine's writing and corresponding with her occasionally. With all the difficulties she's had in her life, this was something she didn't need.

I will be doing my best to send positive energies her way.

Anonymous said...

Amie, I would never offend my god in such a manner. Instead I tell the friends who "want to help in anyway they can" that their responsibility is making sure my drunk butt gets McDonalds and a ride home.

dragon knitter said...

hang in there, kiddo. it's not easy, but we're on yours and your mother's (and boychild's) side. thinking as many good thoughts as i can.

Anonymous said...

I love reding your mother's writing. I will send positive energy your way. Hang in there

Anonymous said...

If I lived in Florida, I would bring you dinner. But I do not so instead I will be sending you all of the positive thoughts that I can. Toni in Oregon

Kerstin said...

I'm in shock with regard to your mother's condition and in awe at your composure, Girlchild.

Damn, the job almost killed her. If THIS doesn't get her to leave ... ;)

Tell your Mom that Kerstin certainly does NOT approve of her latest development. Give her lots of hugs and tell her that she's made me cry and that doesn't happen every day.

I'll be thinking of you all and sending warm thoughts your way.

Sue Woo said...

Hey Girlchild,

Tell your Mom about Al Gore! She will lve it.

ellen said...

It was so thoughtful of you to post this information when you must have so much on your mind. What good fortune she was able to get help right away. May her good fortune extend to a speedy and complete recovery.

Bess said...

Megaprayers flooding back atcha-all from Virginia. It stinks this happened, but thank god she was with someone and so close to immediate help. Please give my love to your wonderful mother and please whisper in her ear "Maaaaaaaaryland Sheep and Wooooooooool. Maaaaaaaaryland Sheep and Wooooooooool."

KatyaR said...

I'm so glad I cruised by here before getting ready for work this morning. Please, please take care of yourself--your mother would not be able to handle it if something happened to you or the Boy.

Please give Catherine best wishes from Maggie and me--we'll be thinking about her and checking back to see how she's doing.

Anonymous said...

Very sorry to hear this news - I do hope all goes well - from a long-time 'lurker' in the UK.

Gencesca said...

Oh God, how awful. I'd been missing an update and wondering what happened with the job.
I said a rosary for her last night and will be sending a prayer request to a monastery I know in the midwest. Why not enlist some monks, you know?
BTW, not only is it amazing how composed you sound, but your wry sense of humor reminds me of someone else... :-) Hang in there!!

Janet

CursingMama said...

Girlchild,
My thoughts & prayers are with you, your brother, and obviously your mother. Please take care of yourself, and let your mother know the power of the internets is behind her.

Anonymous said...

best of wishes to your mom for a speedy recovery with no more nasty incidents- prayers and good thoughts for all of you there from east texas-

barb

caroline said...

Sending you, your brother and your mom all requested healing vibes, prayers and good energy, chica. kerstin and the others are right, we're pulling for her and am betting that she'll kick neurological butt in getting herself up and out of there. keep us posted as you can.

Mia said...

I hope that your mother keeps on the recovery road. And knowing that you and your brother are there will help. I am sure that the dogs miss her and are confused as well.

sallyjo said...

Be sure to keep us posted. Already sent you my positive vibes.

Melissa said...

OH, God. I hope all comes out well. Keeping all of you in my thoughts.

mzmouze said...

I'm sending prayers for a speedy recovery.

knitti-me said...

Thank you for taking the time to inform us of your mom's condition. While most of us have never met your mom, we follow her life through this great blog. Please let her know our thoughts and prayers are with her and the family.

Perhaps you can smuggle Murphy into the hospital for some doggie kisses and cuddles.

If you're up for it, we appreciate any updates you can provide.

Amy in StL said...

OMG! Thanks for letting us in cyberspace know about your mom. We can't bring you McDonald's but please let us know if there's anything we can do. (Maybe a silk and vodka drive?) -Amy in StL

jee said...

My thoughts are with all of you (I've been reading for a long time, but have never commented before). I so admire your mother and enjoy her writing. Be strong and keep us all informed as you can.

Anonymous said...

Positive vibes coming from Patti and Celia in Atlanta. (Red Velvet Cake)

pad d. said...

Long time reader, first time commenter. My thoughts and prayers are will you and your family. Hoping for the best!!

Ruth said...

I am so terribly sorry to hear this. I will keep your mother in my prayers.

Dee fm KS said...

I have lurked for about a year and may not have ever commented before. My prayers and good healing vibes go out to your mother and to you kids. I feel your mother is an incredibly strong woman both physically and emotionally. She will survive to the extreme.

Mari said...

Girlchild, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful Mom. Please keep us informed and let her know that we are all pulling for her!

Mari

needlefingers said...

Healing thoughts heading your way.

And we all want things to go so smoothly that the family member calls are the only things that are, erm, 'interesting' to report. ;)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for letting us know. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Another long time lurker,
JJ

Anonymous said...

You and your mother are in my prayers. My husband went through serious surgery last month and with the grace of god, an excellent surgeon and modern medicine, is on his way to recovery. Stop listening to the horror stories from the relatives; they mean well (telling you of this person and that who had this problem and whatnot, it doesn't help as each case is so different. God bless you and your family and I wish your mom well.

Debbie D. said...

Oh no! I'm so, so sorry you all have to go thru this. Some things I have learned about your mom from lurking these past few years - she is smart, strong and a fighter (evidenced by her being able to request her surgeon!). These qualities will serve her well as she goes through the next few days. My prayers will be for complete healing for her and for strength and courage for you and Boychild as well.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us know. I hope things go well & your Mom recovers fully and quickly. Donna S

Anonymous said...

I have been reading you mom's blog for awhile now and have emailed her a couple of times. I will be praying for her and hoping for the best for her, you and your brother. Take care,
Brenda in Iowa.

Bliss said...

Love and hugs to you and the boychild. Catherine, you are a survivor and we love you.

Thank you for letting us know. Please update when you can...and snuggle Murphy & Dudley.

Angie said...

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Julie said...

Sending good thoughts and prayers your way!

Anonymous said...

You and all your loved ones are in my prayers, Catherine.

Lella

Mary said...

My prayers are with you guys. I found out through Catherine's friend and fellow blogger Bess. May she make a full and speedy recovery. God bless you all, and may He bring you comfort to quell your worries.

poormary said...

Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Carolyn said...

Loving thoughts to you and your mom and good wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

Laura.Y said...

Good wishes and a speedy recovery. Sending good vibes ur way.

wfdmary said...

Hi,Girlchild, can you please give us an update on your Mom? She has really been on my mind. thanks, Mary