Saturday, March 16, 2013
I was able to spend the afternoon and early evening at the hospital yesterday with MIL; yesterday was from "work from home" day and the hospital had free wi-fi so I could access work form there. MIL slept most of the day, waking some during frequent exams and then back to sleep. Ate very little. The plan was to return her to her assisted living facility, but to the nursing floor, around 5:00 p.m. Didn't I post something earlier in the week about "planning"????
So I'm working away, the cardiologist comes in and chats with me, then begins his exam. He calls to MIL, no response. Louder, no response. She has a pulse, but not responding. Turning blue...an entire team is now in the room. The ambulance team that was going to move her is there and saying "WH???".
They turn up the oxygen, and lay her flat, and she comes to! Lordy, lordy!!! She is going to give me a
The valve in her heart is not working so well, and she is not a candidate for surgery at 92. if her blood pressure gets too low, the heart doesn't fill properly and the valve closes and the process is basically incomplete....no blood going where it needs to go. So it is what it is....she's weak from the pnuemonia and UTI. Not sure if they will try to move her today. The problem is if they return her to her "home", each time this lack of response happens, they have to call to transport her back to the hospital. The trauma of being moved back and forth will be brutal on her. Caught between a rock and a hard place; I understand the hospitals view, as well as the assisted living view. Everyone is doing what needs to be done, and there is no good resolution to this.
I am going to take a couple of hours for myself this morning. I have scheduled a manicure - my hands are raw from the hospital soaps, and a hair cut and color. I need to feel like a new woman!
Then i will head back to the hospital to see what the day holds for MIL.
Thank you for all your kind words; this has been a rough week but we get through, don't we? I'm
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