Hi, Sweet Angels.
Sigh. I had a meeting with Mom's care team at the nursing home this week. Her Dr asked them to discuss with me about hospice. They were relieved that I'm already at least a little educated about what that means - thanks mostly to this board. I'm on no deadline to decide, so I'm opting to take the time to communicate with family, research the local agencies and make sure this is the best thing for Mom at this time.
For months the staff at the home have been encouraging her to drink fluids to avoid kidney failure. Last week she was on IV fluids for 2 days. By the end of the second day, all that fluid was putting a strain on her heart - low heart rate, difficulty breathing.
I asked them to check her for a UTI, as she has a history of strange stuff happening when she has one. Yup. So the Dr ordered more IV fluids and IV antibiotic, but her veins are not cooperating. Yesterday they took her off the IV and are injecting a different version of the same antibiotic.
She's been getting progressively dull, mentally and taking less interest in food - so you know she's sick. She's lost 7 lbs since last month.
My inclination is to see what happens with this UTI. Assuming that it clears, she may revert to "normal". I have asked the staff to try to get her up for at least one meal a day to keep her strength up.
Still having tension with the "brother from the north." But at least he's mostly staying out of my way for now. DH is holding his own and sent Mom some of his homemade pimiento cheese that she loves.
Thanks for any prayers, good thoughts, advice, etc. I've got to go start my day.
Love n hugs,