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A DIFFICULT NIGHT!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

MIL was up at 2:30 trying to get dressed. My husband made her get back into bed but she was up again at 5:30 a.m., half dressed and mumbling to herself. We've been tracking her blood sugar readings in the a.m. and this morning it was 146. Been close to that each morning. She was lethargic and I would describe her as "in a stupor". Maybe she does have diabetes and this afternoon we have an appointment with the doctor so there will be a lot of questions I"m sure. We will both go. I made her an egg sandwich and coffee and hopefully she will perk up.
Last night, after nearly 3 weeks of this, my husband and I just looked at each other and wondered how we were going to manage. There are other family issues going on as well and I just keep taking my meds and saying my prayers.
Also, last night, she said she had a visitor, a woman, sleeping with her. She sees people all the time and has for years. So this morning she asked us if we had seen the woman. Of course we hadn't. When she dressed herself this morning, she is braless with a dirty top. So I've got to help her with that. I"m thinking that this is what has been going on with her for sometime as when she was at the retirement apt, we would call her and she would be mumbling and not awake. So it will be interesting to see what is up.
Does anyone know about Hospice? I've been told that Hospice can come even if death is not imminant if the doctor prescribes it. At 93 and with all these health issues, you would think we would qualify. I know they have people other than nurses, like social workers and volunteers that will come and help. Thanks all!
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EBURGITE 10/19/2012 12:22PM

    hi, again--someone posted this, and it made me think of you. http://stg.do/9i0c hope it encourages you and brings some laughter. i've learned that stress can usually be managed as effectively with laughter as with tears. emoticon

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EBURGITE 10/19/2012 10:36AM

    i don't think hospice will do that, but they may. like lkw said, there are home health care providers. in washington, they also have something like "chore girls" who help with non-medical stuff. is there an area organization on aging, or elder care or something? a lot of communities have elder day care services. making connections that will get you the services your mil needs will allow you to go the distance.
you are in my prayers. hang in there! emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/18/2012 2:01PM

    Being up in the night sounds like having children all over again. I hope you find a way to manage your MIL's sleep so you two can get your rest, something we all need plenty of.

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LKWQUILTER 10/18/2012 10:47AM

    I know there is home health care providers but not sure how that works. Mama had some after she had a stroke--helped bathe, do light housekeeping 2 or 3 days/wk, and a nurse came several times to check her. Daddy was at home with her so they didn't do a lot of visiting.

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