Looking around, I realized it was my mom calling me. She was shaking me awake as she giggled, “I told you that you should’ve taken a nap! Now, go along, finish your homework.” Embarrassed, I did the best I could to wake myself up and continued reading the section. After a short while, I couldn’t stay up any longer, and I concluded that I had to take a nap. Once I arose from my sleep, I had realized that I had slept for FOUR HOURS!
We watched TV, Played a couple board games and cards. It was right when we both started to end the night. “Mom I don’t feel good” I said almost crying “I think I’m going to die I’m scared” I leaned toward her and vomited all over her. My mother has never moved so fast. She hit the nurse’s button, the nurse went in to the room, saw me then walked out and brought back crackers, a gown( for my mother to wear) and a Plastic bag (for my mom can put her dirty clothes in).
I helped her, gave her a glass of water and told her to go to sleep its midnight. At answer she said “Sorry son, it night for me 24 hours how would I knew its night time”. I felt embarrassed and told her that its midnight and everyone is asleep right now so we have to sleep as well, but since she slept all day long she said she wasn’t sleepy at all. So I told her let’s talk maybe you get sleepy and go to sleep after all, and I started asking questions about what did she use to do for fun when she was young. This conversation became quite interesting for me, we talked all night long till I went to school.
It was almost five o’clock in the afternoon and Katie Mannings sat on the edge of her bed staring at the clock. Today was one of those days where she would think back and relive some of her past memories. She remembered how her Daddy came home from work one day and how he wasn’t as cheerful as he always was because he had lost his job. Then she remembered how her Mother always gave her something to eat even if it was just a half eaten apple. Then one day her Mother was so tired that she couldn’t get out of bed and that night her Mommy had gone to live with Jesus in Heaven.
All that came to mind was "death", it turned out that she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. Exactly a week went by, and another situation had arose; My dad had gotten an ischemic stroke in his sleep the night before it had been seven days of my mom
One morning four months after she was diagnosed we had to go to our local hospital in forest because she was vomiting blood. They were waiting to transfer her to Jackson because her oxygen levels were low. After her oxygen levels came up I decided to go home because I did not want to sit in Jackson all day and I had a date. I told her my goodbyes and told her I would see her later. After my boyfriend dropped me off at home my parents were frantic.
(Lewin) By the time paramedics arrived on scene, she had sustained probable brain damage, composed by oxygen deprivation. The estimated length of time Cruzan suffered without oxygen was 12 to 14 minutes. The general time that permanent brain damage occurs is after six minutes without oxygen. Cruzan remained in a coma for approximately three weeks before progressing to an unconscious state. A month after her accident, surgeons implanted a feeding and hydration tube with the consent of her husband.
It took everything she had just to get out of bed she was in so much pain. By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. Because of her pain and sickness, she was sure she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter's name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.
I ask him not to go, but he said to not worry. I was sitting by Alice’s bed side, watching TV, and while she was sleeping breathing heavily, I was holding her hands and singing the song: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine….” I turned my head to watch TV for a second and turn back to her still holding her hands, and she wasn’t breathing. I jumped out of the chair and I started panicking and asking her: “please wait for Barry.” After few seconds he came and saw that I was agitated and he said: “don’t worry Anna, that’s what she wanted, I am ok with that.” He called the nurse that came to wash and prepare her. I was still in shock and afraid to touch her, but the nurse told me that we still needed to respect her, so I helped wash and dress Alice. For few days I slept with the lights on in the closet near my side of the bed.
(Permanent brain damage generally results after six minutes without oxygen.) After the accident Nancy was not breathing on her own and was connected to a machine, five days later she was breathing on her own and the respirator was disconnected. She remained in a coma for approximately three weeks and then progressed to an unconscious state in which she was able to orally ingest some nutrition. She was moved out of ICU into a private room where the family tried on a daily basis to get a response. In order to ease feeding and further the recovery, surgeons implanted a gastrostomy feeding and hydration tube in Cruzan with the consent of her then husband.