So my mother is stable and she looks a whole lot better. But she will be having surgery. Again. I spoke with the infectious disease doc yesterday morning who said that the infection likely stemmed from her bones or one of her prostheses. He said that surgery was a reasonable possibility, but it would be the surgeon's call, and that they could just do a debridement, or possibly have to remove the newly installed parts.
The surgeon told her that he is just doing the debridement, but I wonder if he just didn't mention that removing the new parts is a possibility. Reading between the lines, I'm concerned that amputation is a possibility, but I'm not mentioning that to her.
And the infectious disease doc said that at a minimum she is looking at several more weeks on IV antibiotics.
So we've essentially rebooted and this story is never going to end.
I had to go to the library after the hospital, and once I sat down in the quiet peace of the law library and processed all of this, it was all I could do to hold back tears. (Can you imagine some crazed lawyer lady crying in the middle of a law school library?) This is going to go on for months. Last month there was a light at the end of the tunnel and now there is not.
I'm spread as thin as I can go. I really don't know what to change to do differently to lighten the load. I have new housekeepers starting today for weekly cleanings and I am scrambling to hire a new nanny, because those are about the only things I can do to relieve some of my stress. (The nanny is not so much a babysitter as a chaos control agent--making sure the girls are doing homework and transporting them to activities and making sure my house isn't a disaster when I come home in the evenings.)
On the bright side, we are in the middle of settling three big cases at work. It is certainly good timing for me, as it will lighten the load at work a bit. But I'm also meeting with a new client this morning, so who knows what that will bring.