Prepared But Not Ready

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Prepared But Not Ready

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dark_sunsetHubby started his new pain medicine and I was expecting a hit in cognition and mobility. They both came.

I am glad I read a lot about Lewy Body dementia, have joined support groups and read the stories, gotten advise and feedback from those ahead on this journey. It has made the walk a little easier for me so I can make the walk a little more comfortable for Hubby.

At times I get a little overwhelmed by the grief and anger of caregivers. I retreat from everything. I wonder, How can I help? I understand their pain and sadness. But I also get encouraged and supported by others. I appreciate their words. I try to be a supporter and encourager. Today however I may not be a very good one.

I had Hubby evaluated for Hospice again. I did that about a year and a half ago. You can read it here.

Again he didn't qualify because he could still transfer on his own, had limited walking and can put food in his own mouth. The dementia criteria is pathetic!

The last few days I'm struggling with my emotions.

I sit with Hubby as he sleeps. The new meds have helped cap his pain and I can tell by his facial expressions, or lack of, that he is resting, for that I am grateful. But oh the price he paid for it. As of today he is two days bedfast. No more pulling himself along the furniture to get where he wants to go. He must be physically assisted to transfer him from bed to wheelchair when he is encouraged to go to the bathroom and or get cleaned up. His appetite has decreased to maybe a couple of bites of something but for the most part, he doesn't want anything even when I bring it anyway. Bowls of ice cream are left to melt, sandwiches are left to dry out, candy and snack foods untouched. Although I did find a couple of wrapped pieces placed under his pillow.

A precious friend brought us fresh veggies from her garden and he was so pleased to have them but he only ate a small portion before giving up. I've made shakes and offered softer foods but they too are left unfinished or declined. It's hard to watch this.

I do however push fluids, fluids , fluids, water, tea, juice lemonade.

I think I'll try a few fruit slushies, too, now that I'm typing this out.

Cognition took a terrible beating. The hallucinations have him confused but not upset. Where he would normally not acknowledge them as real or ask about them if he struggled with it, he asked one who they were so I can tell he is having a more difficult time distinguishing. Again he is accepting my word that I do not see what he does so that's a relief for us both. Verbally at times he makes no sense at all and a word spoken gets looped in his brain and he uses it in place of something else he wants to say. It's hard to keep up so some times I just wing it. It doesn't happen all day because he sleeps more than ever. That doesn't seem possible so maybe I should say he sleeps differently now. Before he would sleep and turn over or rise to go to the bathroom and back to sleeping, now, he stays put, in one place, never moving.

This raised my red flags about developing pressure sores. I have made a call to the VA to see if he is eligible to receive an alternating pressure pad and pump for his bed. I will keep a VERY close eye on him to ward off this trouble! We have him out of pain, I want to make sure it stays that way even if I have to order one myself.

My mind has been going over the list of coulds, needs and things that will.

This is hard to write but I promised I would be truthful about our lives in this blog so I don't sugar coat.

I know Hubby is dying, there I said it... I said it. :(

My mind and prayers are stuck on our children. I keep praying for their peace and strength as well as my own. I pray daily for Hubby to always feel loved and safe and for his passing to be peaceful.

Hubby and I have talked extensively in the past about how we wish to live out our last days. We are both in agreement on how we want things.

Comfort care. No life saving measures, no tubes, no hospitals, just whatever it needs to make us comfortable as we transition from this life to our eternal one. Talking about this difficult subject was fairly easy for us. We have a Hope built on our belief in Jesus and we accept that life here ends for us all and we move into an eternal one. We agreed we wanted cremation and we agreed we wanted no services just a gathering of family members that wished to congregate over a meal somewhere.

Arrangements for these things are all in place for Hubby. An advance directive and a physician signed DNR. Burial policy paid in full. A list of people to call when the time comes and I even went so far as to write out the obit. I heard you gasp a little! It's something that can't be avoided and I wanted to do it with a clear head and not in a moment of emotional distress. So I think we are prepared, but oh, I am so not ready. Not ready at all.

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Maria

Kathy,\r\nThat makes sense. Has he recently had a weight loss? This is also a criteria for hospice.\r\nHugs,\r\nMaria

ejourneys

(((Huge Hugs))), Kathy!\r\nI hope Hospice has a better answer for you this time. I hope you get everything you need.\r\nAm keeping you and Hubby in my thoughts and prayers.

Denise

Hi Kathy--I'm rolling up my sleeves and am ready to help, as we all are. Know that we're right there with you, next to you, behind you, in front of you when you need us to be. Please know that we send you much love and many hugs. As you can, let us know how you and Hubby are doing. \r\n\r\nYou are amazing.

darciejane

Kathy, I am so so sorry for what you are going through, and I too am surprised by the hospice decision and hope that it comes your way the next time around. I have been thinking so much about hospice since watching (and watching again) that wonderful Barbara Karnes video that you posted here. It seems like what you need, and I'm disappointed that such criteria have been applied. Fingers crossed that you get a fair shake on the next eval.