What Shattered My Mother’s Mind

Jackie’s Goodbye

Autopsy / Brain
September 18th, 2012 @ 11:56 am

In the middle of September I remembered how cold Dr. Caliendo sounded when he told me that there would be no way to tell what (if anything) was wrong with mom’s brain until she was dead and we performed an autopsy. So I sent this email to my attorney this morning: Hey Steve, This is […]

Re: My Mom
August 11th, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

My college friend sent me an email the day before mom died, in response to the news that she had been hospitalized and discharged (again). I had gotten very excited after reading this, thinking that it might explain some of what had been happening to mom, and that we might be able to get to […]

A Call from a Friend
August 7th, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

Mom’s friend from church called this afternoon. She began by asking if I had talked to anyone at Woodland Terrace lately. I told her that I called them or they called me just about every day. She wanted to know if I knew anything about progress with mom’s application for Medicaid because the night nurse […]

A Call from Dr. Peele
July 17th, 2012 @ 10:19 am

I just finished a thirty-minute phone call with Dr. Peele, the doctor who is seeing mom while she is at Woodland Terrace. After a quick introduction, I told him that the reason I wanted to talk to him was because of the prescription he’d given her for levothyroxine last week. Dr. Peele said that every […]

Business Office Manager
July 10th, 2012 @ 9:25 am

The Administrator of Woodland Terrace, Sherri Spillman, was true to her word and I just received a call from Sylvia Gray, the Business Office Manager. We spoke for almost thirty minutes and she was very pleasant. We began the conversation by discussing why it was that my mom didn’t have Medicaid (or Medicare), and how […]

Status Update
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

I just sent the following email: [name redacted], I’m copying [name redacted] on this since I haven’t had a chance to update her on my call with the hospital this morning yet, too. I’ll leave it up to [her] to update [name redacted] and / or [name redacted] if she wants. The nurse told me […]

News from Dr. Escander
May 24th, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

I finally was able to talk to an actual doctor this morning about mom and the news is good. I talked to Dr. Escander — not sure about the spelling there — and he was very nice and extremely helpful and kind. Here are the notes that I took from our conversation: He said that […]

April 27th, 2012 @ 7:34 am

My sister just sent me this email: I received a call Wednesday night around 11:30pm from Crystal, the nurse on duty. She called to tell me that Mom’s bed alarm went off and that when they got to her room , Mom was on her knees on the floor. She did not appear to have […]