Up at stupid o'clock again. But it's fine, it gives me time to sit quietly without interruptions (other than Betty's snoring!) and make lists.
Thanks for all the comments, very comforting and supportive. Sue, I didn't know about dehydration possibly turning into urine infections - for a long time now, Mum's been having urine infections one after the other, in fact she seems to be almost permanently on antibiotics. I wonder if they even work anymore - she does seem to need longer and longer courses each time. She wasn't well again yesterday, more throwing up and diarrhoea and incredibly weak. Sister rang the GP - he said just to make sure she keeps drinking(!!), to get her to the surgery today (didn't feel it necessary to make a home visit, clearly) and to ring for an ambulance if necessary in the meantime (lets him off the hook then!). He'd had the results of the latest tests Mum had just before Christmas - normal apparently, with no action needed. So Mum's throwing up for no reason then!
There's clearly something going on, you don't have repeated projectile vomiting without warning, and repeated bouts of diarrhoea, over a period of weeks and months (it's been going on since last October) for no reason. All they've found is that she has a hiatus hernia. Mum is just so tired and weak and worn out with everything, she's 82 and says she's had enough.
Elder brother and I have made arrangements to go up there next week, pick up sis and go for lunch, so we can all have a brainstorming session. Hopefully, we can all come up with some ideas for things to help mum out. It's hard on sis as, living next door to mum, she's the one who has the day to day care. But it's also hard on elder bro and I, as we feel helpless as we're so far away (we're 150 miles from Mum, bro is even further away in Cornwall), and we sometimes feel out of the loop. Younger brother who lives with mum is just not coping at all.
Old age is a bugger! Well, old age and poor health.
So I've used my time this morning productively, have jotted down a few ideas of things siblings and I can discuss next week, and made some menu plans. I made a mildly curried turkey and veg soup for lunch yesterday, using the scraps of turkey I got off the carcass after boiling it up for stock, it was delicious. A veggie day today, we've had lots of meat meals lately. I'm going to have a day or two doing a lot of batch cooking of meals to freeze, we have so much meat in the freezer now. January is certainly going to be a low spend month.