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Friday, September 27, 2019

My roommate is having active hallucinations. I reported it to the nurse, who told me they're due to her UTI. I've had UTIs myself and never gotten hallucinations, but he says it's quite common. She's convinced there are a snake and a dog in the room.

I hate when I can't help. I've always believed there's no problem enough intellect can't fix, but apparently that's not true because I'm helpless in this situation. She's becoming increasingly agitated and I'm about to cry.

Meantime, we're having good times (snark) here. The place has no Director of Nursing, and the interim Director is still out on maternity leave. And they recently hired their fifth kitchen manager in six weeks, and she never showed up for her first day. Meanwhile, the food has gotten downright weird. The other day they gave us what they called "Reuben sandwiches" for dinner:

I understand we're not going to get classic Reubens here, but cold deviled ham on cold rye bread was just too much, and I sent it back for a grilled cheese. I no longer have the photo of what they called the "Philly style chopped steak" (chopped-up heated lunch meat), but I think it's safe to assume that anyone who served it anywhere near Philly would be run out of town!

Now for the good news. My great-niece Elizabeth just "graduated" from Infant Critical Follow-up! I give no end of praise and credit to her parents and to Elizabeth herself, who has been a feisty little firecracker from day one.

In the NICU picture on the left, she's not yawning. She's laying down the law at the top of her lungs!

I'm trying to focus on my knitting and keep my mind occupied, but it's difficult. I seriously need a break.

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    Elizabeth is beautiful
    43 days ago
    How can I help you from Bangladesh? Just hugs & prayers for you.
    44 days ago
    My heart goes out to you in your situation.

    Thanks for sharing your great niece with us!
    44 days ago
    Elizabeth is so adorable!
    As for you, just take care of you the best you can.
    44 days ago
    LI - it is very common for elderly, and especially dementia'd people) to become delusional and psychotic when they have a UTI. I witness it many times when I was working, and with my Mum. In fact, with a lot of dementia'd people those delusional episodes are often what alerts the staff to test the urine. It sure wouldn't be any fun having to share a room with someone like that.

    I'm surprised your facility still has a license to stay open given their troubles with management/kitchen.

    Elizabeth sure is a little fighter. To have gotten through that very rough start shows that. She is adorable.
    44 days ago
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    45 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am so happy that Elizabeth has graduated and doing well. I also have had UTI's, and nope, a hallucination did not follow. emoticon
    45 days ago
    You can call the health department and report them. Probably a lot of others would join you. That sort of treatment is against the guidelines. By all means, please do. Here's to hoping things get better for you and the best to little Elizabeth. She sounds like a real trooper!

    Cheers!! emoticon
    45 days ago
    **SIGH** good heavens, that facility needs a lot of re-organizing. So sorry!

    But congrats to precious Elizabeth! Milestone and good for her.
    45 days ago
    Sorry you are (anyone) would be put through this!
    45 days ago
    hope things get better for you soon
    45 days ago
    I can't imagine being in a place like you describe. Does the place you are staying have any kind of day room or activity room, TV room or anywhere you can go for a few hours break? Sounds like the lady in your room is getting the hallucinations from the drugs she is being given rather than from the UTI itself.
    45 days ago
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