It 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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