I've had several messages and emails from readers asking about my mother....thank you so much, it's heartwarming to know you all care (which is more than can be said for some people, but that's another story).
So I thought I'd give an update here. Mum finally had her colonoscopy and CT scan yesterday (on a Saturday, her local hospital is so inundated and behind they have to do weekend and evening appointments to try and catch up), she was in there for over 2 hours, sister who had to wait outside was getting worried. They got the results straight away, no cancer but she does have diverticular disease and some other relatively minor problems. The doctor said the diverticular disease would be the cause of mum's stomach pain and diarrhoea, and possibly some occasional sickness, but it can be managed with medication and diet. She also said that the prolonged and severe sickness and diarrhoea mum had for several weeks was most likely due to a particularly nasty bug, and probably lingered because mum is so weak and run down.
We're relieved it's not cancer, as is mum, but she feels it's just another thing to add to the long list of problems/ailments she already has. None of them are that serious per se, but combined they all make her feel very unwell indeed and really drag her down and add to her feeling that life isn't worth living anymore.
Unfortunately, a couple of hours after getting home, mum had another nasty fall in her bedroom and couldn't get up, it took my brother, sister and BiL to get her up and onto her bed. She's got grazed knees (her skin is paper thin and grazes easily), bumps and bruises and was very shaken up, but didn't need or want paramedics this time. Sister checked her over, gave her some painkillers and sat with her until she went to sleep.
There's always something to worry about.