Mom's health rollercoaster
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I am glad I traveled to California and visited my mom and family this past weekend. Her health is a rollercoaster. She was upset on Friday and Saturday, because a new open oozing sore had broken out on her leg. This is an obvious sign of the infection in her bone spreading. That night she was very ill – shaking and nauseated (also related to the infection). Her doctor visited the next day, and mom agreed to go on IV antibiotics. She had previously refused treatment other than palliative care (she is on hospice). But her doctor convinced her that she would be more comfortable with the IV medication. She did seem in better spirits and had a better appetite on Sunday and Monday, but it is too early to tell if the medication is helping.
My sister from Pittsburgh was visited, and my other sister and brother also visited. Mom was very grateful that we ran errands and brought her fruit. We buy all kinds of fruit for her – but it never tastes the way she imagines. She cannot taste most foods, only extreme sweet and salty flavors.
She is a smart, funny, wonderful mom. I hate to see her suffer. I am happy when she is feeling well enough to enjoy life from her nursing home bed. She still loves to look at the trees outside her window.