Daughter at Bedside
Broken-Hearts for Everyone
A true story of my mother and daughter (me) experiencing a medical trauma that took us on a wild ride through the hospital system in 2019.
Waiting to be discharged after outpatient shoulder surgery
and in a heartbeat, we were faced with
"Broken Heart Syndrome"
to signify a few names for her diagnosis that left her struggling for life.
Decided to document my time with my mother as it transpired because right away I knew something was different from other hospital visits with my parents. It was during the time we spent in the trenches together in the hospital fighting for her life that I realized we were alone and I could not leave her side or she would pass in the night, as we were alone.
We made it, and now that my mother is home working to recover from the devastating turn of events, I, still being with her as her caretaker, decided this medical case was noteworthy. I have the time since I am currently caring for my parents at our family home in Texas gathering the thought process to write it all out has taken time because I didn't want to be presumptive so I had to read and compare my notes to the medical records that were provided to me after three attempts to gain access.
I was there every second and I remember significant moments because not only did I nearly lose a parent in front of my eyes but because of that I was mentally traumatized by the care I witnessed and how to process it and still trust doctors, nurses, and hospitals in general
It is resounding loudly in my mind still today and refuses to be quieted so I will do what I always do when I am in that position in life. I will write about it.
I am here to document my experience with my mother and share an ardent story that I will continue to tell as long as it continues to affect my family and as of today, we have survived and continue to thrive with the love we have for family and duty to the ones you love the most. I am Paige Keaton and this is my story.
Linked Diagnosis below:
Acute on chronic combined systolic and diastolic heart failure
Acute non-ST segment
elevation myocardial infarction
Multi-vessel coronary artery disease