So let me see as of today, my sister has gone through 3 ultrasounds, several blood tests, an ECG, a chest Xray, and CBC (Complete Blood Count).
As the tests results come out in printed form (which can be checked online, thankfully), there are certain improvements in one area while other issues are still either infected or need more days to heal. She has stopped all antibiotics as the doctors deem it would be too much to go beyond the prescribed 2 weeks of dosage.
Every time we go to the clinic or the hospital for these tests, my parents (who are in their late 70s, mind you!) and I ALWAYS tag along. Even though I keep telling them they should not bother as they might get tired going out in this extremely hot weather. They refuse to take NO for an answer and insist they are doing fine and can bear the severe climate.
I am sure they are worried sick as no parent wants to see their children in pain or sick with an illness. But they are strong individuals and I know they are putting up a brave face amid such trials. I worry about my sister's health but more so I also worry about my elderly parents well being every single day since they are in their twilight years.
But this family has always been a strong force of 4 members and we have this very close bond that has sustained us since I was born. Plus we have an extra member now (my hubby) and his mere presence lifts my downtrodden spirits. By him, being patient and very understanding of my need to be at my sister's side, even though he himself had a health scare (which he had to handle by his lonesome self) is more than enough for me to know that I can push through any challenge that comes my way.
The 'last' hurdle to tackle is a biopsy on Monday, June 2. This ultimately will determine our next course of action although her doctors have made it perfectly clear that a hysterectomy is the ONLY solution to her incessant uterine bleeding.
But she would need to take a longer leave of absence from her work and AS OF THIS MOMENT, this isn't viable just yet. In fact, she needs to go back ASAP and attend an important trade fair next month. So despite being saddled with medical tests and bleeding, my sister WORKS from home. She has a whole June issue of her magazine to publish as well as two trade directories to print. All this despite my vehement request for her to rest and concentrate on getting well and on her recovery. She insists. If she didn't do her job, she won't have money to pay for her medical fees, her lab tests and her hospitalization. So I guess she does have a valid point.
I know I am just rambling at this point as this post is all over the place but I just wanted to document it so I can one day look back and recall these tough days.
To be continued ...