Friday, October 04, 2013
Well, approaching assesment time, in every way.
In the last month, did a visit to see my mom everyday, took her out a few times, had major (and I mean MAJOR blow up with the local nurse ratchet, I probably mentioned that.) About 10 days ago as we are approaching the end of the Medicare 100 days allowable, I said I would be looking at taking her home (with a goal of at least another 60 day at home so we could requalify for Medicare 100 day in a skilled facility if she needed it. I'm sure it was oddly coincidental that the very next morning Nurse Ratchet called to say they thought my mom had had stroke and were sending her to hospital. Whatever event happened didn't show on CT-mini stroke, no doubt- but her language center is allllllll kinds of messed up. She an clearly say most words but not put them together in a sentence. Often times I can read her mind and guess....other time I just have to tell her I don't know what she is saying and is it important? Usually not. She can still walk , but after returning to 'home' from hospital I took her out for dinner and she promptly fell and banged her head again. Sigh.
In any event, tomorrow they come to do a home assesment, she is getting out Sunday and coming to my home to try and make it here. We've ordered all manner of equipment, bed and chair pressue alarms, hsopital bed , etc.
On one hand I feel like I will be less stressed to have her here and have control of her meds and such again.(After her stroke they took her OFF all B.p. meds!! How much sense does that make??!?!?) And I have researched various other holistic things that may help, along with anti inflammatory diet info. I keep telling myself I WILL have time to start exercising , etc., once she is home, napping etc. September was hit or miss and October is a bust so far.
To complicate matters on my roughest days I gave into my carb addiction. Pasta, bread, cheese...etc..That said, I do have plans and foods to possibily do a juice fast sometime soon. (See Hulu.com; Fat ,, Sick and Nearly dead" documentary).
While I am worried about how to handle my mom with limited language ability, I think I would be more worried leaving her in a 'rehab where she cant tell me what is happening.
Hope to get centered soon and do a weigh in and face facts. Gotta get up in 3 hours to get ready for deliveries and home assesment visitors, etc. but wide awake of course.
My main stress upon having my mom here is WHAT TO FEED HER!! She likes old school stuff and we eat vegetarian/vegan....and I am a lousy cook. She may need to learn to adapt, be better for her in teh long run.
Thanks for the shoulder to lean on kids! Angora sounds like you know first hand what is in store.
Moxie, kiddo.....dare I ask how sis is? My frail sis is failing an havng more procedures and I think of you and what you are dealing with. hugs
Thank you all for the supportive words and suggestions!