Ten Things of Thankful #16

I didn’t write a post last weekend. That was because I was busy getting ready for my parent’s first visit to my home in 25 years.

My brother was to bring them across the UK, from East Anglia, to the west coast of Wales, and we were all set to have an amazing time together, where I could hug them for the first time in 6 years (since my last visit to them, before I got too ill to travel).

I was woken up on Sunday morning, when we were expecting them to arrive, and I thought hubby was going to tell me that they had arrived early – but, instead, it was to the news that Mum had been up all night coughing and, that morning, was rushed into hospital coughing up blood!

As you can imagine, I was immediately on the phone to my brother, who had phoned hubby with the news. Mum was in intensive care, and having problems breathing. Her blood pressure kept falling through the floor, and she was in a very, very bad way.

I’ve spent this week, alternately praying like mad for her improvement, and on the phone, or on facebook, talking to my brother, and various sisters, trying to find out what’s wrong.

It turns out that Mum has got pneumonia, caused by a massive invasion of a streptococcal bacterial infection in her lungs that is, apparently, and according to the medics, eating one of her lungs away. The hospital had put her in the CAT scan while trying to find out what the problem was, and saw this – as well as the fact that she’s got a tumour on her kidney that nobody knew about 😦

The biggest problem that the medics have got, is the fact that they needed to do a biopsy, although I’m still not clear whether this is in order to find out which strain of the streptococcal bacteria Mum has got, or for the tumour – but my brother thinks it’s so they can target the infection with the correct antibiotic, otherwise they can only give her an overload of general antibiotics, and hope they do the job.

Another problem they have, is that my Mum’s heart is very weak, and so they can’t put her under anaesthetic to do the biopsy and, because she’s also on Warfarin, that’s a problem, too – so our family have spent this week praying, and hoping, and praying, and crying, and praying even more, in the hopes that there will be some improvement.

There isn’t any right at the moment, so any prayers for Mum’s recovery will be very welcome.

Because of all this, I was going to avoid doing the TToT today – but then I thought hard about it, and realised that there were some things to be thankful for – so here they are:


  • I’m thankful that my Mum is still alive, and still fighting.


  • I’m thankful for the emergency services that got her to hospital so quickly.


  • I’m thankful for all the doctors and nurses who are working so hard to keep Mum alive.


  • I’m thankful that my family are keeping me in the loop as, living 360-odd miles away, and being unable to travel myself, I’ve felt like I was 1,000 miles apart from them all.


  • I’m thankful for my brother, who, apart from being my parent’s official carer, has gone beyond any duty of care he might have for our parents, and has taken on all of the responsibilities of the Head of our Clan while Mum and Dad can’t – and is having to deal with all the negative stuff on the front line, as well as informing our huge, and extended, family – daily – of Mum’s progress, while also trying to keep Dad sane, as poor Dad tries to cope with the love of his life being so very ill.


  • I’m thankful that Mum’s still alive – this bears saying time and time again!


  • I’m thankful for my faith, which has helped to keep me sane throughout all of this!


  • I’m so very, very thankful that Mum’s still fighting – she gave us all her streak of stubbornness, so we’re praying that it helps to keep her going.


  • I’m thankful that, despite his own health concerns, my Dad is still able to go to be with Mum – as much as the hospital will allow, anyway.


  • I’m thankful for the love and support hubby has been giving me throughout      this awful week – I don’t know what I would have done without it.


I don’t know what will happen now, but I can only wait, and hope, and pray, that Mum will pull through all of this – please mention her in your prayers, too?

Her name is Gill, and she has always been a fighter, so we’re hoping that she can win this one, too!


Filed under Disability Issues, Faith, Friendship

14 responses to “Ten Things of Thankful #16

  1. I read your post earlier…apologies for not commenting quickly! I have put in a prayer petition for your mum at an online site for prayers. She is in all our thoughts.


  2. Thank you SO much for sharing! Sorry for the difficult week, Katy…I’ll be praying for you and your mom. And for your brother as well, as he helps care for your mom and dad, and keeps you updated too!


  3. Katy, so sorry to hear this (left you a MASSIVE comment this morning but WordPress hates me at the moment and seems to have deleted it)

    Sending prayers for a speedy recovery for your mum, and for the medics to figure out quickly how best to support her.

    And for peace for you – so heartbreaking to nearly see them after such a long time, and then to have the chance taken from you in such an awful way!

    Sending you much love.


    • Thank you Lizzi, your prayers are really appreciated, and I’m sure every one will help Mum in her first steps to recovery, because I believe beyond doubt that this will happen 🙂

      Sorry I haven’t been involved so much recently 😦


  4. Katy, I read this right after you posted it, but was on my phone and couldn’t comment. I’ve been praying and praying for you, your mom, the medical staff, and everyone else involved. It is never easy to watch a parent go through health scares like this, but especially when you can’t get to her. I’m impressed with your ability to find the good things this week. It isn’t easy to do when one is so worried.
    I’ll continue the prayers…


  5. Oh, I am so sorry to hear that your much-anticipated reunion has been put on hold for the time being. I will definitely pray for a quick and complete recovery for Gill!


  6. This is the first time to your blog. Was intrigued by the owl:)
    Perhaps there is another reason I am here today. I will offer a prayer for your Mum, Gill.


    • Thank you for your well wishes, it’s very much appreciated 🙂
      As for the Owl, they have been special to me for many years – I used to be a total night owl myself, and often listened, and watched, as they went about their silent hunting, so it was natural for me to choose them as my trademark sign when I took up a craft 🙂


  7. man!
    I hope (and trust) that your prayers are answered and your mother finds the path to health and recovery! it sounds like all the possible positive steps were taken and between you and your brother, she is in the right place to get the help that will do her the most good.
    your post is a power of example, for the capacity of a person to find the light when the shadows grow… our thoughts are with you this weekend.


    • Thank you, Clark 🙂
      I heard from my sister earlier, and Mum is still in the Critical Care Unit, and is on a special mix of oxygen that helps her to breath, but she’s still fighting, which is all to the good 🙂
      The medical staff have been brilliant, and she has her own nurse to keep an eye on her, so at least I’ve been reassured that there is still much to hope for 🙂


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