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Concerned

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I took Friday off as a mental health day as I had some days that I need to use before the end of the year and decided to make it a four-day weekend since I had today off. I went to see Mom after she got back from dialysis. This was my first time doing that since she has gone to dialysis and she is so totally different then. Mom was looking pale and lethargic. ...

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Home from the Hospital

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Mom was finally released from the hospital this past Friday. After six days of her not going to the bathroom, the hospital was not going to release her until she had a bowel movement because the nursing home would only send her back there. I decided last Tuesday that I could not keep running the way I was. I was starting to feel horrible and knew that if I continued to push myself, I would ...

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Handling Things Alone

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How does a caregiver accept all the responsibility of being a caregiver? Mom is still in the hospital after a week. The diagnosis was the fluid build up and that dialysis should help more if they took out more fluid when she goes. Then the diagnosis was emphysema. Now mom is having problems with bowel movements after not going for four days and the hospital won’t release her until she goes otherwise she is at ...

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Fourth Trip to the Hospital Taking Its Toll

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At 5:30 this morning I received a call from Mom that she can’t breathe again. The nursing home has been giving Mom the nebulizer treatments four times a day since her last visit to the hospital (which was only two weeks ago) and it seemed to help but again she had fluid buildup. Mom kept asking me to come to the home but I waited a bit to see if the home was going to ...

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Brunch with Mom

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Today was a great day! Mom has been itching to get out for awhile and her friends and I made that possible! She’s been doing much better and I hate saying it because every time I do, something happens but I like to stay in the positive mode and deal with whatever happens at that time. At least I am trying to. We took Mom out to the diner for brunch. It felt like old ...

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Running on Empty

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Mom is being released today from the hospital after spending a week there. Drknowitall originally said that Mom had pneumonia and now has changed his diagnosis to emphysema. On Thursday, Drknowitall told mom that if she wanted she could get another doctor. I spoke to him after that regarding this and said I am okay with him being her doctor but we both need to be on the same page and the constant back and forth ...

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Hospitalized for the Third Time

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Mom called at 3:30 Monday morning frantic that she couldn’t breathe. As always I try to calm her down because I know she will get worse if I don’t. I am the only one who can get through to her. I was upset that the nursing home did not call me to tell me that they were taking her to the hospital but they told me they were waiting to finalize everything before they did. ...

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Exhausted

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This week has been a rough week trying to figure out what’s going on with mom. Mom should be released from the hospital this afternoon after dialysis but I am quite confused. Drknowitall said two days ago that they weren’t releasing Mom until they figured out what was on the x-ray. Nothing has been said to me but Mom was told that everything was fine. I spoke to Mom’s social worker at the nursing home ...

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Back in the Hospital

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As you all know, Mom was released from the hospital last Monday for a bad UTI and also for not producing stool for several days. During the week she seemed to be better and not as confused but she still wasn’t 100%. I figured it would take awhile to get herself together once the antibiotics kicked in. Last night around 8:15 I received a phone call from Mom that she was throwing up. She said ...

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Home from the Hospital

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Mom came home Monday from the hospital. She still seems confused but not as bad as she was last week. I am not quite sure what to make of her confusion or if it is the start of dementia but maybe at some point I can ask the doctor to run tests. Mom keeps asking me about what happened to her and how she got to the emergency room and if I went with her. ...

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