My mother has been diagnosed with dementia. She has been living on her own up until a couple of months ago when she moved in with my brother.
No, wait, real time, not my time. Real time is, wow, 6 months .My time it is still a couple of months. Senior-ality is settin in, I'm a thinkin.
Anyway, she is in a dementia home for rehab because of some infections she has had that put her in the hospital. So in talking to the nurses, checkin on her, etc. I ask for a list of her meds.
Holy whack batman! That woman has pill-itis!
I did some research. TWO INCHES of paperwork research! DoubleCheckMD.com is where I went, Micael found this for me, and listed her meds. Added her symptoms as I knew them.
And out spits all kinds of stuff......
So I shot a lot of questions off to the social worker at the facility, who in turn gave them to the doc.
That was Tuesday.
Yesterday she came off of all except what she absolutely needed: antibotics, asthma meds, reflux meds, etc.
So if you have family in the hospital, make sure you check all their meds.
Research your questions too so you have some basis for your questions and you already know some of the answers.
Make sure you ask questions.
If verbally you are not getting answers, write them down and take them to some one in charge.
Ask for an advocate.
PITCH A WALLEYED HISSY FIT.
Do whatever it takes to get someone to answer your questions.
Not just with it is all right, don't worry.
At other places Mom had been my brother was asking questions and everyone was saying, it's working don't worry about it. Blowing him off.
Sometimes verbal doesn't cut it.
WRITE IT DOWN.
Back to Mom, they are watching her for withdrawals, blood pressure drop, all kinds of things but last night she had eaten a bowl of ice cream, her blood pressure was up from 80/50 to 100/66, her oxygen saturation was 94% on room air. Everything was coming up.
Please say a prayer, or two, light candles, whatever it is you do, for my Mom. And my brother.