The quieter you become the more you can hear ~ Ram Dass

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I'm officially a jinx I'd say.  I was all thrilled that this year Mom was doing so well.  I even put it in my Christmas newsletter.

Last Tuesday my aunt (whose not really my aunt, ha) called to see how Mom's been doing.  I was regaling her about how wonderful she's been this year.

Wednesday night I get a call at 10:30 from the nursing home that they are taking Mom to the ER.  Apparently ( TMI) she was bleeding and they thought she might have a UTI.  We were there until 3 a.m. and she left back for the nursing home at 4 a.m.   They sent her back with antibiotics.

The next day, they call again this time at 2:30 p.m. she wanted to go back to the ER because now she was having a lot of pain and (TMI) clots.

They checked her and put a catheter in and decided to keep her to further evaluate her.  While she was there, she was in more and more pain.  For over a half hour I was asking for pain medication for her.  No one was bringing it.  Finally, I was so ticked (think Terms of Endearment but not quite) I went to the desk and yelled said "I want to talk to whoever is in charge."  The doctor happened to be coming by and asked what was wrong.  I then proceeded to blubber and yell tell him that I had been asking for pain meds for mom and no one was doing anything.  He said he didn't know and he would order her some.

A few minutes later the charge nurse came in and got things going for the pain meds.  I bitched and moaned to her that my mother was supposed to get comfort care and so far it hadn't been happening. I thanked her and she apologized for what had happened.

Anyhow to make a long story shorter, Mom got out of the hospital yesterday evening.  After doing CT scans and ultrasounds, she just had a very bad UTI.

When we went to see her in the morning yesterday they had her in an isolation room because now she has C diff.  She's supposed to be in an isolation room now in the nursing home.  I know she's probably not thrilled with that. 

We're going to see her later to see how she's doing, after the patio guy comes for I think the 4th time to see why it's still leaking.  Grrrrrrrrrr.


My name WAS Female, I shit you not! said...

Oh My Good Word!
Sounds like something I could have written!
Yep, UTI's and C Diff I'm all to well familiar with as well as THE LACK OF PAIN MEDS which pisses me off!
Why can't they make our loved ones comfortable???
Thankfully your mom has a voice THROUGH YOU!
I'm betting they get pain meds for their animals quicker than they do our loved ones. sighhhhhhhhhhh

Cheryl said...

So sorry to hear your mom is going through a rough spell. I've got an aunt in the same boat right now. Not at all fun for them nor those who love them.

Ames said...

I can tell you right now that you aren't the only one to go through this kind of fiasco. My husband and I don't even use our own hospital anymore. We drive the 25 miles south of our town to go to another hospital emergency room. When my mom was alive, a CNA threw a wet washcloth in my mother's face and told her to bathe herself. I know nurses and doctors are overloaded with patients and paperwork but come on! If you don't have compassion for other human beings go get a different job!
Whew, that felt good. Ok I am backing away from the soap box now. Glad your mom is on the mend.~Ames