An update on my Momma Jane.

File Jun 06, 9 18 55 PMMany of you have been SO wonderful to pray and send words of support and encouragement for our family while we deal with the crazy last month we’ve had. THANK YOU! Last week, just as we were about embark on our week long Carnival Cruise family vacation and hours after I wrote about it here, I had to rush my Momma Jane to the ER…again. Make that my THIRD trip to the ER in three weeks. Like I should seriously get one of those customer loyalty cards where you get the hole punches. No joke. If you missed the story of the other two ER visits, click here!

So now here we are, sitting in the hospital…again. We’ve been here since Wednesday night and today is Tuesday. I’ve been spending most days and nights withFile Jun 06, 9 21 42 PM mom because as someone who was in the hospital for a week last Summer for Salmonella poisoning and was not able to have visitors, being in the hospital STINKS! Ok, let’s get totally real here…it SUCKS! Major props to my Husbter who has been holding down the fort at home while Mommy is here with Grandma. Thank you God for him and for Facetime.

I gotta tell you, my poor mother has been through the ringer this year. An out of control cough, three pneumonias, heart issues, car accident, total exhaustion and this is her second one-week-long hospital stay in less than a month. Sigh. I’m trying to treat this hospital stay like a big ol’ girls sleepover though because there is only ONE way to deal with craptastic situations…try and make the best of them.

So here’s the highs and lows from our past week.

Low. Mom and I have been having many conversations about her dying. My mom is one of my best friends. Do you know what it is like to have conversations with your best friend about her dying? Heart-breaking.

High. BECAUSE mom and I have been having conversations about her dying, it has also given us really wonderful conversations about God, our Faith, Heaven and God’s plan and our Faith in all of it. We know that if/when she dies…she has lots to look forward to even though it terrifies us both at the same time.

Low. She feels awful and everyday is like a roller coaster. One day she feels horrible and the next day she feels like a million dollars. She had great visits from my friends Taylor and Alisa and her spirits were so lifted. The next day she felt awful and it was a scary and sad day. Today is a pretty good day. Roller coaster.

File Jun 06, 9 20 20 PMHigh. This hospital has a Starbucks so this is a win/win. A win for me because well duh and a win for Mom because she LOVES Frappuccinos. She has really been having a hard time with her appetite (Low) so nothing sounds good to her. NOOOOTHING! Thankfully she has at least been able to drink the healthy protein smoothies that my husband and I have been making for her as well as the ones my friends Taylor and Christine have brought her. The ONLY thing she has remotely craved besides smoothies? A Starbucks Frappuccino. So yay for small victories!

Low. They really can’t figure out between her congestive heart failure and her bad lungs, what exactly to do. They have done a million tests and are hoping to at least get her coughing symptoms under control. But it’s like sitting and waiting in the land of the unknown.

High. I brought my essential oil diffuser so we pretty much have THE BEST smelling room at this hospital. I know this because EVERY single person whoFile Jun 06, 9 20 56 PM has walked into this room…from the Doctors, the nurses, techs and even meal service, everybody…has asked us what is happening in here. lol You should see me rubbing oils on Mom’s feet to help her immune system and diffusing oils to help boost her mood, help her sleep and even using an oil on her head to rid her of head tension. I have turned into a straight up witch doctor and she loves it. I didn’t know squat about essential oils a year ago and now I’m having conversations with total strangers about how much they have changed our family’s lives. It feels SO wonderful being able to help my mom and being able to do it naturally.

High/Low. Her wedding anniversary is today. It would have been 47 years that she and my daddy were married had he not gone and split for Heaven four years ago last week. Not fun to be here to celebrate that memory.

Low. I’ve cried approximately 87 times this last week alone.

High. Today is a new day. Yes, it’s that simple.

File Jun 06, 9 19 57 PMI don’t know for sure yet when she will get to go home, what her future health will be, but I do know that I am and will continue to savor every single moment I get with her…highs AND lows!

XO Surviving Mommy

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  • I’m so sorry Cindy. I hope Mamma Jane starts feeling better. Virtual hugs to you and your family.

  • Love and prayers for your whole family.

    Being in the hospital is NEVER fun, so good on you to find ways to get a little joy in.

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  • Stacy M says:

    I LOVE Y’ALL! I wish I lived closer to hug both of y’all!!! 🙏🙏

  • Karyn Lisk says:

    This makes me cry! It makes me miss my mom so very much! It makes me hope and pray you have more good days then bad, more highs than lows! I only had 4 days with my mom before she said goodbye all as we were working on getting her to a rehab facility! I’m so glad you have this opportunity to talk, laugh, cry and pray together! Yes it’s all God’s plan, but that does not mean you can’t pray for her to be completely healed and be home for the summer BBQ’s soon!

    I love love love that you are using oils! My daughter is a Speech therapist in a hospital and a young girl (16) was hit by a car and her parents have the oils all over the room! Even if you can’t figure out what is wrong with her, the oils do many things in one small good smelling bottle!

    Keep the faith, both you and your mom!

    You do have many praying for her!

  • Karen Russell says:

    This is something I do not look forward to, you know it’s inevitable but it won’t happen to “your mom”. I want you to know you are doing the right thing and handling the situation magnificently!! If I was your mom, my love for you would be more than overflowing for being there by my side! I hope it all works out, miracles do happen, and you have your mom with you and the family for years. Thoughts and prayers for you Cindy and your family!

  • Lori Vann says:

    I laughed at the witch doctor comment, but the essential oils really are amazing. I am praying hard for Momma Jane, and for you all. It cannot be easy to have those conversations with your mom, and I do not relish the fact that I too will have to have those same conversations. We serve such a mighty God and what a wonderful day it will be when we get to see his face again (just not right now!)

  • Michele says:

    Praying for your mom. Cherish every moment which I know you are. My mom has Parkinson’s and everyday is a challenge. It’s not fun to watch a loved one have to go through this. My mom says she is ready to go whenever God calls her. I know she misses my dad who passed 7 years ago. They would have celebrated 64 years this month. Thank you for always keeping us posted. I love reading your posts! God Bless

  • Sandra Boyett says:

    I pray for many more highs than lows. Unfortunately or not, the lows are what makes the highs the best. I love you Momma Jane and you too Cindy. We are all in God’s hands and I am perfectly happy there. God bless you both today and always.

  • Patty says:

    Praying for you both. It’s terribly scary when you can’t figure out an answer. I pray that whatever God’s plan is, that you have many more highs than lows. Hug, laugh, and pray!!! Love you!

  • Deb Griffin says:

    Cindy, We went down this road with my mom. I am so sorry for all of you, but you are so right to be spending this time “gettin’ real” about what you are facing. No matter what happens, that is always the right thing to do. Love to you all.

  • Wendy Landers says:

    Cindy, that’s how I have always got through the low points in my life, by thinking of the positives it brings. I am going through a similar situation with my parents. My mom has been battling Ovarian Cancer for four years now, and my daddy has been on Hospice care a year. I took an early retirement and my whole life is about them. It makes me cherish the times I spend with them that much more! 💟

  • Regina Ice says:

    Oh no! Sending love and prayers!! I hope she did not pick up WhoopIng Cough.from children at Disney!! There are so many kids there!! Hugs and love!!!

  • Paige says:

    Cindy, praying for your Mama today. When my Mama was fighting lung cancer, we diffused FRANKINCENSE in every room she was in. Her tumors shrunk and her breathing improved. No more lung infections and bronchitis! Her breathing improved tremendously. I believe if it was good enough for Baby Jesus, it must be powerful stuff!!

  • Olivia says:

    Praying for your mom and you and your whole family!!!

  • Devoria says:

    Continuing thoughts and prayers for you, your mom, and your entire family.

  • Janet West says:

    Oh Cindy, my heart is so heavy for you. I’m glad that you and your mom are able to have these conversations. My mom died very quickly with my doing CPR. It sounds like Momma Jane is very sad and depressed. Bless her heart, after being so sick, who wouldn’t be? When your body and spirit are tired, it’s easy to let that spiral down. Cindy, your momma is so blessed to have such a sweet, tender, and dedicated daughter by her side. Your humor, smoothies, foot rubs, bed side discussions, and great smelling oils are all such deep offerings of love and care for your mom. It may feel like ordinary things, but I’m kinda jealous because I would give anything to have had those opportunities. But, all medical people will testify, my mom was a nurse, and just getting her to go to the dr/hospital was like getting a cat to a bath.
    Cindy, I don’t have to tell you to cherish those moments, so I’ll tell you this, my prayers for momma Jane will be to feel better, to get on that ship, get sand through her toes, and sunshine on her face. All of my love, prayers, and positive energy are coming your way. ❤️🙏🏻🏖

  • Alice Camejo says:

    High, you and Momma Jane have such an amazing support system. There is so much love around you! You will get through “anything”! People who have never met you in person, like me, feels like they know you. My arms are wrapped around you! Much love to Momma Jane, you and your entire family!

  • Stacy says:

    I am so so sorry for you and your mom. I can’t begin to imagine what y’all are going through.
    I’ll add you and Mama Jane to my prayers.
    And when things settle down and Mama is back home and better, you need to tell me all about essential oils. They intimidate the crap out of me!

  • Terri Chase says:

    Such an awesome and TRUE update! Hospital LIFE is the absolute pits for everyone involved! I’m so glad you are in a position to be WITH your Mom during this time and you guys can talk and keep each other company. Amen for those talks about the hereafter and eternity. Knowing that I will see my sweet Mom and Dad again is what keeps me going since they passed. Knowing your Mom is at peace with her Savior is SUCH a wonderful gift!
    Continued prayers for mercy and peace for you and your Momma Jane!

  • JoAnne Collins says:

    Hoping that they figure out what’s wrong and she’s back on her feet very soon. You need answers!

  • Noel McCullough says:

    Wow – crying & blowing my nose! I will continue to pray for answers, peace and guidance. We send our love to you all!!

  • Alisa says:

    I love Momma Jane so much and I continually pray for her speedy recovery. This rollercoaster is so hard to deal with. I’m hear for you and especially her. Anything you need, just let me know. Kisses…..

  • You know I hate that she’s hurting and you’re hurting and that all of this is happening. I vote for all highs for a while please. I know way too many good people struggling in hospitals these days. xoxoxo

  • I love you and how open you are and am up before my kids crying on the couch thinking about that conversation. How hard and how incredible to have that time to talk and express all of those things. Praying for you and your wonderful family.

  • Tami (Modeanryan) Moore says:

    Ay-yi-yi! Oh honey! Sending virtual nerves for you and Momma Jane. Wish I could make it better for you all!
    I’ve had chronic asthma sine birth and I can really feel for her with the lungs, coughing fits and all the side issues that are a result of the heavy coughing. Keeping you all in my prayers!
    Feel better soon Momma Jane!! Hugs!!!

  • Kerry says:

    Praying for you and your Momma! Hugs! Xo Xo

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I will continue praying for your family. God promises He will not give us more than we can handle. He is always with us and will use these trials for our good and to help others. I lost my youngest son when he was twenty five in an accident. I read the book Ninety minutes in Heaven. I really recommend you read this. It is an awesome book and it helped me. Keep your chin up. God is with you. He is in the miracle business. God Bless

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