But it gets worse. The hospital gave her morphine for the pain. Evidently, many seniors come down with a thing called 'hospital delirium'. They aren't sure of the cause but they think it has something to do with morphine, anesthesia, possibly dehydration, and the combination of medications that elderly people are taking. This condition which causes hallucinations and paranoia, can go away in a few days, a few weeks, or never. It's only been 3 days since the surgery so we are still hopeful.
And still worse, my mother is now stuck in Florida where we have no friends or relatives. My sister is only able to stay until Monday. Mom was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital today and has to be there for 2 weeks before they will possibly clear her to fly. After that she will fly to be near one her daughters to complete her therapy.
I just can't even wrap my head around all of this misfortune. I had hoped that she would be able to travel for at least a year before something like this happened. Not only am I extremely sad for her, but everyone in my family is looking at their own future and wondering. The urge to retire NOW is growing but I still can't seem to do it. There is a lot of security in that bi-weekly paycheck. I have very little in savings after all of the renovating. My rental house is still in transition between tenants and I am having to pay for repairs and utilities. I am not ready to sell my house just yet. I'm not even ready to sell my truck and now I have my mother's car too. That's 3 cars sitting in my driveway. All I know is that I had better not wait too long to retire because there is no guarantee that my physical or mental health is going to cooperate with my retirement plans.