Subject: knee contractures
I'm the same Terry who wrote earlier about putting my Mom in a nursing home and also about my brother who has not inquired about Mom for the last two years. (Mom fell 2 yrs. ago & broke her hip and is now in a wheelchair - Alzheimer's' in the severe stage) Mom's Dr. told me he wanted her to get some knee splints before she became bed bound due to the contractures in her knees. After speaking to the physical therapist, I found out that the knee contractures could lead to Mom going into a fetal position. I never knew that could happen, and of course, I was devastated. She has started PT now and cries in pain when the physical therapist stretches out her legs and puts on the splints. It kills me to see her cry out in pain. I know it's best for her, otherwise, her going into the fetal position will have serious consequences, so horrible I can't even think about it, and things I recently just learned about and makes me ill just to think it could happen to my Mom. I'm so torn up, the choice was so difficult but I know I had to allow the PT for her own good. Has anybody dealt with this? Am I doing the right thing? I feel so sad...I'm on the verge of tears all the time. My Mom holds on to me and begs me to take off the splints and I wish I could.. Please, give me some advice!!