My mother had ankle surgery on Thursday. Basically this is the ankle that precipitated her knee and hip replacements as her ankle was so bad that it was making her walk funny and stressing her other joints.
Unfortunately she has had to recover from the other surgeries and then work on her circulation issues. And then deal with Parkinson’s. All before this surgery could happen.
Anyway, her ankle was completely shot so she had to have it fused.
The surgery went well, according to the surgeon, so now it’s all about recovery.
Unfortunately with this surgery, it’s like a broken bone. She can’t put pressure on it for 8 weeks.
And she lives alone.
In a non-ADA friendly house.
And she has strength issues.
And weight issues.
And mobility issues.
So this means she is currently in the assisted care facility in my home town. Assisted care in this case means “old folks home”. So it’s full of seniors who are very sedentary and who have Alzheimer’s, etc.
The thing that mom didn’t tell me is that Medicare is NOT covering this stay. The last time I spoke with her, they were working at it so that it would be covered.
So this stay is completely out of pocket.
And she hasn’t told me how much it is. However she did say that if her stay gets extended more than 2-3 weeks that I “may have to help”.
Which is incredibly stressful for me as I already wiped out my emergency savings (and delved into my 401k) to take care of her credit card debt.
So, right now I’m in a “wait and see” mode as we have to make it through the doctor follow up visit in 2 weeks and then go from there.
I may have to go down for a week stay or something to help. All of which is coming at my busiest time of the year.
I hate this. I really hate this.
Being an only child sucks.