Here’s an update on my status, since I haven’t posted in a while.
As of yesterday (Tuesday, Sep. 7), I’m back in DC. My mother’s condition has, thankfully, stabilized. She’s still on the ventilator — it takes a while to get the remaining lung to “learn” how to do all the breathing on its own — but every day they ease back the ventilator settings a little and she responds well, so it’s been a story of slow but steady improvement. Which is something to be thankful for. (Since the doctors have no idea how long she’s going to need the ventilator for — could be days, could be weeks — my family and I decided that I should probably come back to DC once it seemed like the emergency was over, rather than burning even more time off that I don’t have waiting for a breakthrough.)
Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that things keep going as well as they have been. Oh, and plow through the backlog of work that accumulated while I was out of the office for a week. And deal with a weird not-a-cold-exactly-but-it-makes-me-tired-and-sneezy cold I seem to have picked up, most likely from spending too much time hanging around the hospital.