The Queen and the Grape, Part II

hospital-292568_640It takes the surgery center more than four hours to locate a room for Mom.  In a hospital with more than 300 beds, you would think they would have rooms open for patients coming out from surgery rather than having them wait in the surgical recovery center.

Mom settles into a pretty nice corner room and a view of the hospital wing next door. But with a room comes the in-take, vitals every three hours, medicine, doctors and minimal sleep because this never stops.

On the second day the doctor arrives to explain everything to us. Mom is out of it. She tries to explain things to the doctor but I’m having issues with understanding her. Because of her pain, they are adding Ultram to her regimen and holding off on her normal meds for now. Last night, she had an issue with her heart; she had a heart rate (HR) of 115 to 125 and a blood pressure (BP) range between 86/53 and 115/97. The cardiologist has been called in and does not seem to concerned. They will monitor Mom just in case.

Today the goal is to get her up and into a chair. But they are also give her Ultram before therapy begins which knocks her out.  The nurses apologized for it over and over but are only following the doctors orders.  Talk about what pain meds due to people. Last time, Mom was on it she saw penguins on a party boat in her room. Just yesterday all the nurses walked around like penguins.

Mom swears doctors have added/removed meds from her regimen. I know for a fact that it did not happen and the only way to prove it is to call the doctors office and let her listen in. This happened twice today already and it’s only 8:46 a.m. I’m ready for discharge if they come by today. The care facility is set up as well as is the transportation to get her there.

We did have the hospital pastor stop in to speak with Mom. He’s a Seventh Day Adventist, Mom’s internal medicine doctor is a Buddhist, the physical therapist is Hindu and Mom is Catholic. What a mixing pot. We discussed care and after care which led into caregiving and then into all of our websites. He was amazed that there are people who do what we do in helping others dealing with their pain, recovery and more. He wrote down the six website addresses I could remember and ask if he could pass them out as he runs into people who need a boost. He also asked that I thank all of you for what you do and the ministries (websites) you’ve put together.

I notice that I’m going to need to pick up Mom’s hearing aids, some clothes, pads, briefs, etc. I’ll grab another copy of her “Information Sheet” for the care facility also. I will try and get a new caregivers business card with my contact information on it.

With hallucinations, medication interactions, yelling from pain when she tries to roll over, my emotions are on a roller coaster ride.

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My name is Richard (@kreisr1), I am a Tri-Fecta caregiver, for my mother who has COPD among other health issues. I co-care for my brother in-law who has epilepsy and co-care with my wife's for myself, I deal with Chronic Back Pain.entire life and now after living alone, in a care facility and a group home setting we had to move him in with us to provide him with the care he needs.  Finally, with my wife who is also my co-caregiver I care for myself, I have had chronic pain (mid-low back) for 21-1/2 years thanks to a drunk driver.  I write my own blog, pickyourpain.org where I share my pain with humor, as I see thing, "Pain Without Humor is Just Painful."  I am involved with caregiving.com in several ways, as well as participating in several of the weekly caregiving.com blogs, I also am involved in their Twitter chats, I also host the following groups, SPOT (Stamp Procrastination Out Today), A Task A Day, The Men's Group, Healthy Caregiver and several others.  I am also the moderator for the Caregiving.com Quiz Show and have a seat on the bi-monthly Hot Topic's show. I'm here to not only improve Roberts life, the lives of those I touch on caregiving.com and pickyourpain.org but to find a way to improve my own live.

One thought on “The Queen and the Grape, Part II

  1. Avatar of PegiPegi

    Richard, I am so sorry that this is so difficult. It’s bad enough, the fall and the surgery, but when your mom is so knocked out it is hard to watch. So many thoughts run through a person’s mind. I do so hope that the meds start wearing off so you’re able to see how she is really doing. I pray that her pain is controlled, and her recovery begins; also for you and your family during this trying time.

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