Friday, May 20, 2016

Decision Time Nears for Mom's Nursing Home

Mom's running out of steam.  Dementia and deafness, a bad combination.  Mobility impairment. Weak legs.  Falls.  Fractured hip- surgically repaired.  Getting rehab. Hit a rehab plateau.  Can't transfer on and off the commode without lifters.  Stuckness is near.

I'm a doctor.  Still torn by this decision.  Afib, warfarin, diabetes, weakness, urine problems, recurrent infection.  Where's the cure button?  A nursing home is getting closer.  Not yet ready for hospice.

Sorry, Mom, we can't take you back home unless your legs work better.  We don't have two lifters at the house.  OK, God, how about some help, according to your will.  Amen.

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