June 23rd, 2008

Nasty Surprise at Home

Came home from work to get a nasty shock.

I went downstairs to change into something comfortable and wash up a bit, when I realized that there had been someone in the house. There was laundry in the laundry room, that wasn't mine, and when I went into the lower level bathroom, the sink was full of blood!

The odd thing was there was no blood elsewhere, but I was more concerned immediately that I had somehow cut myself badly in the morning and didn't realize it. I went back into the laundry room, and found that the additional laundry there was my mother's. She must have come over while I was at work to do some of her laundry, as she lives in a high-rise condo where the laundry gets done at pay machines in the basement. But I couldn't figure out what the blood was from.

So, I go upstairs, and check, but her car is not in the parking lot. I went and checked the answering machine, and sure enough there's a message on there from her. The message said she had come by my place around 12:30 pm to have lunch and do laundry, and that she had badly cut the top of her arm on one of the knobs of the dryer. She had gone to Ottawa General to have the arm checked out, but the wait was about four to six hours. I called the hospital, and she was still there, waiting, but she told me not to come there until she called me back, as the parking at the hospital is just so expensive.

Anyway, I've gone back downstairs and have cleaned up the blood in the sink and on the counter and all, and will sit and worry while I wait for her to call to let me know how she is doing. I've eaten a spot of late lunch, and have also put mom's laundry on to wash.

On top of everything, I woke up this morning with a bit of a cough again. I really hope I haven't caught a bug again.

I knew that I had too good a weekend to last. I had really thought that my luck with taking a turn for the better. *sigh* What a week this is shaping up to be... *sigh*

Mom Report

I've just got back from mom's place, after going to the hospital and picking her up there and taking her home.

The good news is that the doctor at Emergency over at Ottawa General saw her in less than four hours. The wound was still bleeding somewhat badly by the time they saw her, which may have contributed to that. Even better news is that the injury was serious enough to require stitches, but that it's not a really bad injury although she did have a tetanus shot.

The bad news is that the wound was a large, widely open "V" shaped deep scrape about three inches below the elbow on the arm, and it required stitches. However, because of mom's age, and the way that skin is very thin in the aged on the arms, they had to insert the medical tape that dissolves below the skin so as to hold the stitches. She's got the arm somewhat frozen from the anaesthetic, and is back home now, relaxing. We'll have to wait and see how the arm feels when the anaesthetic wears off, but my mom is one of these lucky people with a high tolerance to pain.

In the meantime, mom's laundry is done, so I'm going to do the folding and pack it up so I can take it back to her place later tonight after supper.

Thanks to everyone who dropped me a line inquiring about her health, and all the friends who have called my place over the course of the afternoon to pass on their regards.

Anyway, heading upstairs for a nice hot cuppa, and a couple of crackers with cheese.
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