Thank you everybody.
My mother-in-law is doing better now and has been transferred back to the nursing home where she lives - (she has Alzheimer's Disease). Once stable medically, a busy hospital setting is not the place for a person with dementia so I quite expected the transfer.
Because she's been ill, her confusion has got much worse and the staff needed to sedate her. Unfortunately the sedation made her very unsteady and she has now had several nasty falls on top of everything else. We just hope and pray that she doesn't break a hip in one of her falls. Now that she's stable medically and back 'home', my husband felt he could leave her, and so came home last night.
As for my own health, I continue as before. I did see the surgeon yesterday but I still don't have a date for my surgery.... except to say that it should be in about 2 weeks time. Please keep me in your prayers.
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