My mom called me early this morning and asked me to come pick her up. She told me they wanted her out of the hosptial by 11am. This picture was taken at 1pm. We were still waiting for her discharge papers.
This is what your arms look like when you: a) have a bleeding disorder
b) have been taking Prednisone for a long time and
c) have a dumb ass trying to start your IV.
My mom has great veins. She offers herself up to nursing students when she is in the infusion clinic because she knows they will be able to get her IV in on the first stick. She also lets phlebotomy students practice on her in the lab. They never miss. They stuck her SIX times to find an IV before surgery. That IV didn't even last through the surgery and she was stuck THREE more times. Both arms are covered with bruises, above are the lightest ones.
She lost 12 pounds in 5 days in the hospital. All she wanted was a milkshake when we finally left the hospital.
She got a coconut shake. She loved it. Drank every drop.
Storm coming in from the east.
It looks scary on the right side of the freeway.
But so gorgeous on the left side.
I'm tired. Going to bed.
Back to Mom's house tomorrow for nurse duty.