DAY 17 (Monday, June 10): What an exhausting day; or maybe it’s this whole thing catching up on all of us. We haven’t been sleeping well these past couple of weeks—turning in late, and waking up early—as we take turns watching over mom, waiting for her doctors to do their rounds, etc. (Pretty sure there are those among you who understand how it is.) Or working our bums off to shore up the funds to pay for this hospital stay. As always, we thank all of you who have contributed, and will contribute, to Sonia’s Medical Fund to help supplement what our family is able to set aside.
So, she now has a PEG tube (or, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube). It’s a feeding tube through which food is fed straight to her stomach. She’ll get most of her food, as well as her medicines, through that—a good way to ensure that she gets the right amount of nutrients her body needs. People with Parkinson’s tend to have swallowing issues (among many other issues), which is probably what led to her aspiration pneumonia. If there will be no complications, she may be discharged in a couple of days. Freedom!
THE ROAD TO 80: We have much to celebrate and plenty to be grateful for. This year, Sonia turns 80 in December. Though there have been many times when she would have preferred to give up and be freed from all this suffering, she rallies, somehow, and pulls through. We’re happy to see that she can be well enough to celebrate her milestone later this year! Looking forward to it!