3:00 am phone calls are rarely good
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Early this morning, 3:00 am my phone rang. It was an operator from Life Alert calling to tell me that my sister had fallen while trying to get into bed and she couldn't get up . A little background on my sis. She has medical problems too numerous to list and takes medications too numerous to count. She has always been a big gal which has taken its toll on her body. She uses a walker because she has so much trouble moving around.
My hubby & myself were over to her apartment yesterday for dinner & she was having a bad day health wise, barely able to move even with her walker. DS told me she had been having episodes where she would have very labored breathing but it alway passed in a minute or two. She mentioned it to her Doctor recently. Doc reminder her about her history of a pulmonary embolism about 2 years back and advised to go to the hospital the next time it happened.
At dinner, my hubby and myself did all the work because I could see how fatigued she was. I mentioned her fatigue to DH on the way home and of course he didn't notice anything different about her.
Well after we left she was so exhausted that she wasn't able to get into her bedroom to go to sleep. She attempted to sleep in her recliner but that ended up being too uncomfortable for her. So at about 2:45 am she got up, tried to get in her bed and was too weak to do it and slipped off the bed onto the floor. Fortunately she still has her Life Alert on and they responded immediately. DS told them she was a very large woman, couldn't get herself up and needed help. Life Alert called the local EMS who came quickly along with a fire crew. My sis also asked Life Alert to call me so I could come too.
It took us about 20 minute to get there. By that time EMS + fire squad were leaving. We let ourselves into her apartment, all the lights were on and she was tucked in bed with her CPAP on. She said they examined her & fortunately she wasn't hurt, so they got her up & put her in bed. They wanted to take her to the hospital as a precaution and she declined.
I asked her again did she want us to take her the hospital per her Dr's advise when she got so weak she could barely move. Nope she wanted none of that. She apologized for having Life Alert call me, thanked us for coming and said she was going to sleep now. So we turned off the lights, turned around and went home.
She lives in a senior apartment complex but not an assisted living facility. I've tried to plant that seed in her head that an assisted living apartment would be a good option for her but she insists that she doesn't need that. Those are for old people who can't take care of themselves. Well this is the 3rd time this has happened during the night & I'm going to have to have "The discussion " with her again. I already know what she will say but I have to give it another try.
When we got home, back in bed, I thanked hubby for driving me there. His response was "You know, this is going to keep happening and one of these times it won't be a false alarm. Just the support I needed at 4:00am!
DH & DS only get along because they both love me... But that's a topic for a whole other blog.