Hello, Norovirus

medications-257336_640Well, I was able to get Mom to her doctor’s appointment, barely.

She was NOT in good shape, poor thing. We had her in her wheelchair (she couldn’t drive her scooter because her arms were completely useless) ear plugs in, sun glasses on, no one was allowed to touch her or bump into her. No vitals could be taken. Basically I don’t even know why she was there!

We needed to get her medications refilled and we needed the doctor to write a note to the worker’s comp to explain once again why she needs home health care. We have been fighting for home health care for almost a year. ¬†She had missed the previous 12 appointments due to paralysis and excruciating pain and fire.

So we pushed Mom beyond the breaking point –we had to start getting ready three hours before we left the house, got her there so he could look at her and then drove her home. We didn’t know we brought something a little extra home with us–the dreaded norovirus!!!!

As if Mom didn’t have enough to worry about, we are now dealing with vomiting and diarrhea every hour on the hour. She is SO weak. So I am cleaning and hovering. I feel so bad! I think it is foolish to drag a weak fragile immunosuppressed person out into public and into a doctor’s office where people are sick, all for medication refills! We are exposing her to who knows what (we know at least norovirus) and for what?

It frustrates me that every time I take her to a doctor’s appointment she comes home sick with something. We are so tired of this.

We are praying that worker’s comp will finally approve the home visits so we can cut out this risk!

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  1. Profile photo of Hussy

    I hear your anger and frustration. You’re already dealing with a difficult situation — why does it have to be made even more arduous? Norovirus is no picnic, that’s for sure — my husband contracted it last winter and he was hospitalized for a week. I hope your mother improves soon.

    • Profile photo of lookingheavenward

      I am very frustrated with the situation. I have been fighting for home health for almost a year and since she missed 12 previous appointments the insurance company demanded more info from a dr’s visit to prove she needs home health….I would think that is enough proof- 12 missed appointments! I am praying this is the last time and that the dr will write a good enough letter to worker’s comp!
      I am sorry your husband and you had to meet the Norovirus- it is a nasty bug! And being in the hospital for a week with it? I can’t imagine!! You both have my sympathy!
      Thanks for letting me vent in a safe space and for understanding :)

  2. Profile photo of Pegi

    It is insane and frustrating the way the laws and/or doctors require regular visits for meds. In the case of chronically ill patients there should be some exception. It is just inhumane that your poor mother has to go through that, and that you have to deal with the aftermath. My husband is on MCP medicare, they have a program for folks that are housebound where a doctor will come to him. He would have to give up his existing primary for the time period, but I know its there. You might want to check to see if your mother’s insurance has such a program. It is new, just rolling out in the past six months in FL with Blue Cross.

  3. Profile photo of lookingheavenward

    It IS insane! I am glad I am not the only one to think so! For all of the strides this Country had taken for the ill and disabled, I feel we have a long way to go. We are working on getting home health – that was one of the reasons for this dr’s visit – so the dr can write a letter stating why we need home health (as it seems 12 missed appointments in a row isn’t enough proof!) Thanks for letting me vent and letting me know I am not out of line in being frustrated!

  4. Profile photo of jan

    If I try to imagine my mom and myself in your place, my head spins and my heart breaks. I just wish I could rule the world and fix things. Please continue to share your experiences, and grab whatever encouragement you can from people who stand with you in your fight for your mom.

  5. Profile photo of Denise

    Hi LH–What a frustrating situation. How does your mom feel today?

    It’s awful to have more problems created when all you’re doing is trying to get a solution!

  6. Profile photo of EllysGdaughter

    You are so right to be angry and frustrated! I know there are programs for Drs to come to the house in our area but you have to pay a membership fee every year on top of your premiums!!!! I don’t understand how that is helpful! Keep up the fight for your mom,,,lots of chicken noodle soup??? I am so sorry to hear she is so sick :( Keep up the good fight!


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