Happy birthday to Catriona! Thanks for all the comments. Mum spent a week in hospital back in October after collapsing on the stairs at home, she was found to have dangerously low blood pressure, severe dehydration and a urine infection. She's had lots of subsequent tests and outpatient treatment for a blood clot in her leg, erratic heartbeat, the ongoing sickness and diarrhoea, including scans and an endoscopy to rule out stomach or bowel cancer. Nothing significant was found, other than the hiatus hernia and 'mild' gastroenteritis. Her GP is going to continue subtracting/adding back her meds on a weekly basis, to see whether that has any effect. Mum will also have weekly blood tests/stool and urine samples tested, and weekly consultations with the GP, for a month. The GP says if nothing comes to light in that time, then she'll be referred back to hospital for more investigations. Mum seems a bit happier now things are being done.
I rang her this afternoon just before 2 pm....during the course of conversation she said "oh yes, you're coming up tomorrow aren't you....can you please bring me up some of your lovely homemade soups?"!!! Erm yes mum, I'll get straight on and do it now! Aaarrrghhhh! A bit more notice would have been good!
Fortunately, I already had a couple of homemade soups in the freezer, along with tubs of turkey and bacon stocks and diced turkey and ham leftovers from the Christmas joints. There were also several homegrown butternut squashes and lots of veggies in the utility room, so plenty of 'makings'. So now I have chicken & veg, chunky tomato & courgette (both previously made and frozen), cream of vegetable, cream of turkey and leek, and spicy butternut & ham done for her, 2 portions of each, I'll take them up frozen in a coolbox. Shattered now, husband has helped out by preparing some of the stuff for his birthday dinner.
If I hadn't had so much on my mind the past few days, I'd have made the soups anyway - I often do take up some homecooked ready meals, soups or cakes for mum....it just didn't cross my mind this time though, my focus has purely been on the meeting with my sis and brother.
I'm glad she's clearly feeling like eating - she's said quite often recently she just hasn't felt hungry. Or thirsty, come to that.
Have just sat down with a cup of tea and one of my anti-anxiety pills, as I'm feeling all jittery and shaky with the adrenaline. Early night tonight I think, just hope I can sleep.