Sunday, July 18, 2010

Reason 371 why I will have a heart attack before the end of the year

Phone conversation with the apartment manager after 5 hours of my mother's phone going directly to voice mail, and my dad calling me all pissed off about it:

Apt manager: Oh, well, I'll have Ann (a neighbor) call you - the paramedics are at there right now

Me: WHAT? AT MY MOM'S APARTMENT?

Apt manager:  Yes, well, she didn't show up for Scrabble so Helen (another neighbor) went in because the door was unlocked and your mom was still in bed and Helen could not wake her up.

Me: What happened?

Apt Manager: I'll have Ann call you

30 minutes later:

Ann: Well, we could not wake your mom up so we called the paramedics.  She's ok now, she's walking around the apartment.

Me: Can I talk to her?

Mom: I don't know what happened.  Here, talk to Heather

(Heather is the head nurse on the unit my dad lives on at the nursing home, and my mom's neighbor Helen's daughter-in-law)

Heather: It seems that your mom took an overdose of Ambien.  She's really not truly awake right now, she's going to have to sleep it off. The paramedics say she's ok - her vitals are good.  She's just going to go back to bed.  But, we've taken all the Ambien out out of the house so she can't take any more.  Ambien makes people sleep walk she has no idea why she took all of her pills for Thursday night AND Friday night.

I swear that even with the poor health she has, she's going to outlive me.  But at least she's well rested.  

13 comments:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh my word! i have a friend that sleep walks on ambien and has taken it for YEARS. she eats at night asleep too. she finds the remains in the morning. you'd think she's get a TAD scared? like maybe she'll start to drive or something? apparently not. yikes!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxo

Thumper said...

Oh man... But yeah, my mom takes Ambien AND valium together, I'm just waiting for the call about her sleepwalking into traffic. Though after all these years her liver must be cast iron and can filter it all...

I think it's all payback for our teen years...

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, dear, we're glad your mother is okay but what a scare!

Barb said...

Oh, that is scary. Both my mother and father moved in with me 5 years ago and every single day at least one of them scares me half to death.

I have to be especially vigilant about checking the stove when I do the dishes as they both tend to leave at least one burner on.

The day they left to go up to MA to stay at one of my sister's house for the summer my Dad had apparently heated something up, unbeknownst to me. Since I didn't cook anything on the stove for several days that danged burner was on for 3 days! Thank goodness none of the cats walked across it or that it didn't start a fire! Gah!!!

Eric and Flynn said...

That was scary. Glad your mum is all right though.

Kea said...

Holy cr*p, that was scary! I'm glad your mom's okay now, though. Whew.

Hannah and Lucy said...

That was very scary - hope your mom will have no ill effects when the side effects of too much ambien have worn off.

chezcat1970 said...

Yikes, we're glad that your mom was OK and they took all the Ambien out!

ABBY said...

Oh my that was not good...
WE are glad to hear that they took away all the Ambien!

Furkidsmom said...

That's scary! We're glad she's okay.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

TK and Squashies said...

You must have been scared to death! You poor thing, like you haven't had enough drama lately.
I have heard of some strange effects of Ambien.
We hope your day got better!

David & kits said...

Holy s**t! (Sorry.) This is plain scary. Glad your mom is okay.

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Oh my gracious! This would have scared me so much! I'm so glad your Mother is okay. Are you????

Deb