While at Disneyland she began experiencing problems from what she thought, at the time, was an ear infection. The medical staff took care of her and treated the ear with drops. However, by the next morning the infection was MUCH worse, instead of spending the day back in the park we headed straight to the ER.
Mom was unable to speak or walk, all the words she spoke were jumbled and we know mom, she’s very articulate. She was in so much pain and the aphasia was making it impossible to communicate. We were terrified.
After several hours a CT scan showed the infection in the Mastoid behind the ear, it had seeped into the bone and had made its way into the brain. The ER staff at the emergency room ran tests to discover the infection was meningitis. They do not have the facilities to treat such an ugly infection and Mom was transferred to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. It was a long uncertain 24 hrs. They placed her into isolation and we couldn’t go in to see except once when we dressed up with robes and masks.
Dad flew out from Colorado and has been at the hospital praying without ceasing, praying for mom, the doctors, pretty much every patient on this floor. Mom was moved to the SICU at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
Initially we were trying to battle this out without surgery but the infection caused an abscess in the brain that will require brain surgery. This is the worst news we could have received and not at all what we are prepared to handle. The doctors tell us that the initial procedure to drain the fluid was unsuccessful and that, to relieve the pressure, they will need to operate. They are concerned about loss of brain function and long-term effects of the surgery.
This is one of the most difficult times for our family and it’s only about to get harder.
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