Monday, January 19, 2015

Taking Care of Mom

My Mom is 97 years old.  She is really doing well. She can get around her own apartment without a walker and only needs it when going out or to the dining room.  She gets a little mixed up about days of the week and ends up going to church on the wrong days, We have ordered a clock for her that will tell the day of the week, month and time. Everyday nurses aides come and give her medicine 3 times a day and at noon take her blood pressure. Lately they call me to say its high. Mom has made it clear she does not want to go to the hospital again. From prior experience when she does go to the hospital for high blood pressure they leave her in the emergence room over night and send her home. One doctor told her that her warranty was up. Another said that they do not have much data on 97 year old people. So if she says she is feeling fine I ignore the high blood pressure. It is hard to know what to do.

1 comment:

Pam J. said...

I understand your mother's stand: "does not want to go to the hospital again." To be so independent so long is a blessing, if you're healthy and it sounds like she is. My dad made the same decision. He had terminal cancer, and his doctor OKed moving him, administratively, to the hospice part of Medicare. Meaning no more hospitals or doctors' visits; all care at home. Yes, it's always hard to know what to do. Good luck.