....After a very crazy and upsetting three weeks in hospitals, I am so HAPPY and EXCITED to let everyone know that my MOM is coming home today!!!
I spent several hours at the Rehab yesterday, working with her team to try and make this happen, but to also make certain it was the best option for her. She had a really awful night on Wednesday and almost wanted to sign her self out AM, when I arrived yesterday. It was so sad and upsetting to hear and see just how miserable she was and that's when I knew I had to step in and find out just what was going on.
I first started with her Case Manager and told her that my Mom had not slept, had a meltdown the night before and was very anxious and upset and simply wanted to get the heck out of there and go HOME. She told me that her entire first day in Rehab, she spent only about 30 minutes with a Therapist and did some walking in the halls, along with some stair climbing, which all went perfectly. The rest of the day/night she sat in the chair or her bed and basically did nothing else. Her sleep meds were late, despite us asking over and over for them to be given earlier and her roommate, was up and on the phone with her kids until close to midnight, which made sleeping ever harder. Not that I'm against anyone talking to family, but you need to respect others.
During the entire three weeks, that she has been through hell and back, I have NEVER seen her as upset as yesterday. But, I was so happy when the case worker agreed to page the doctor and PA and to arrange a meeting for us ALL to determine what her treatment plan was and WHY she was there, for only a lousy 30 minutes of therapy. That happened rather quickly and we learned that she did NOT need any more therapy as she was exceeding the expectations of what she needed to do for discharge. Basically, on their end, she was clear. Then they explained that medially, because she was still on Telemetry and had a "Wound Vac" that she needed to next be cleared by (SCU) the surgical team and the started on the calls to get that done. They also then started to work on her medications for discharge and set up home health support, as she will need visiting nurses. An Occupational Therapist came by and did a few exercises to make sure, she could put on socks, walk with shoes and asked questions about the bathroom and shower access, which is perfect has they had just remodeled their bathroom and now have a brand new walk-in shower with a sitting area, exactly what she needed..
I left about 3 pm, feeling very confident that every thing would be done well and they even promised me that her sleep meds would be ordered and given BY 7 pm. I spoke to her RN (Rose) before I left to discuss that again, and that was all set. I told my MOM to call me right away, if anything changed and luckily it did not. I talked to her early this morning and the plan is still a go for discharge, but we are not sure of the time. SCU has also approved her discharged and they have removed her wound vac. Now it's basically a matter of paperwork, finalizing her follow-up appointments and her meds for home. We have a whole binder of instructions and know exactly what she can and can not do. Her first follow-up with be in one week and until they she must never be alone. I will be heading down to the condo once she calls and lets me know they are own their way. I'll get her in bed and unpack and then Don can get groceries and meds, as needed. It also gives me a few days to be there before I leave for my trip on Tuesday. I am SO HAPPY that she will be HOME and can't wait to see her in her own beautiful bedroom. At last!!
My thanks to all my wonderful online friends who have been so kind and concerned. ALL of your sweet comments, caring thoughts and encouraging words have helped me more than you know. You are all Angels and I'm blessed to have a whole world of friends! THANK YOU!!!
A Little About Me
- Northeastern, Massachusetts, United States
- Purple is my favorite color and ironically - Purple is the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia, an illness I personally live with. I had to stop working in 2006 due to Fibro and Degenerative Disc Disease. It's been a tough road at times, but I have a wonderful family and fantastic friends. I am a Mom to two awesome sons (Ages 21 and 26) and a wife and friend to a wonderful Hubby. We live in a tiny coastal community in Massachusetts and have lived here all my life. My hubby and my boys are my whole world and mean every thing to me! I cherish all three of my guys!! I am very lucky to be blessed with wonderful friends. I adore and cherish each of my friends as much as my family! I am an avid card-maker and love all types and stamping, and also love coloring with my Copics. I'm very lucky to have this whole new world on online friends that I've met through my Craft Groups. HUGS TO YOU ALL!!