So **** just got real. I came up to Atlanta to visit my mom, who'd recently had a blood pressure spike. She's previously had a stroke and later PRES, which mimics symptoms of a stroke and is frequently misdiagnosed (becoming more understood in recent years), that was accompanied by a grand mal seizure. This is in addition to pericarditis, several falls, broken ankle, some other things. Just thought it'd be good to get eyes on her and, as the child most able to ensure no COVID exposure, it made sense for me to be the one. I don't see people for the most part, am insanely cautious with masks and whatnot, and got a negative test the day I came up for some added comfort (knowing false negatives are a thing).
So I get here late Tuesday night. Wednesday she's in pretty good spirits, but having some speech related stuff. She's mostly had no significant deficits since the stroke and PRES, but every now and again she'll have some issues with words and such, so I was on alert, but not high, and both of us would prefer not to go to the hospital given heightened risks there. In the evening as I'm cooking though it starts to decline. Now she's not just having trouble remembering words, some of the words she's using aren't actually words at all. Maybe 30%. I'm on high alert and start texting the family, keep listening to her, and convince her (which is not easy) to go to the hospital.
Next 20 minutes as we're getting ready, it goes downhill rapidly. Now 80-90% of her words are gibberish, she's having trouble standing, and can't understand basic things. We call 911 and they come and rush her in. I get to the hospital and after about 30 minutes they let me back. They're not having any family visitors, but made an exception because she couldn't communicate very well. I get back, and her words are remarkably better. Like she'd had a mini-stroke that was already clearing out. But after about an hour it starts to get more garbled again, and around midnight she has a seizure. Not an easy thing to watch. She's sleepy and tired after. I know that if I leave, no one else can replace me, and I can't come back. I'm there until 3 the next afternoon as they're transferring her into the main hospital, which won't allow me in. Things seem to be improving. Getting speech back, memory improving, etc. It's not a stroke or a reoccurence of PRES. Rather, they think blood pressure is triggering mini- and major seizures. Hopefully we can get under control. My sisters are at my mom's house now, and we're keeping very separate. I go to sleep.
Wake up to find out that my mom has tested positive for COVID. Not sure where it could have come from - she's had as little exposure as one could hope for. Been very careful. But it's one more complication, even though she's not showing the serious symptoms - no breathing trouble or anything. It also means I spent 18 hours in a hospital room with someone who had it; i was wearing two masks the whole time, but she was not for much of it because of treatment and such. So now I don't know that I can go home, as we have an at-risk parent living with us. My mom, per usual, is refusing around the clock care (even though recommended right now), and so we're having that battle. But I'll be here for awhile at least, and they want to discharge her soon. Just a cluster**** of near-epic proportions.
tldr: **** 2020.
40 years and the conservatives have won. Reagan was the catalyst that got us here. He broke the dems and they really haven’t recovered since. Then add conservative radio and the dumbing down of America where anti intellectualism is a thing that people are proud of, we get to be here.