Most of you who read this blog may know that my Mom wasn't feeling well last week. What you may not know is that her condition took a turn for the worse and she went into respiratory distress so we had to put her into the hospital last Sunday. It was really a lesson for Bill and I how very fragile the elderly are; really like babies if I might compare. She went from a sinus headache Friday to a cough on Saturday to barely being able to breathe on Sunday evening. Very scary stuff since she's never had a problem with her lungs in her life; all 84 years of it.
When we finally got her settled the room she would be calling her own for the next six days the nurse commented on the fact that my mother (Mary) took very little medication for a person of her advanced age. She and I then went on to speak about how hard it must be for many elderly to manage and or afford their medications. She went on to say that many elderly get confused as do their family members just for the sheer numbers of medications the doctors are putting their loved ones on. And she wondered aloud if they really were all necessary. Little did I know I'd be asking myself that very question later that week.
When Mom was in Emergency they said she had bronchitis, they upgraded or should the term be downgraded her illness to pneumonia the next day. She's home now and doing well I'm happy to report. I'm staying with her at her house (which is located across the lawn from my house-the perks of country life) to keep an eye on her and to make sure she doesn't fall while getting up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night (steroids give her the jitters)
Those medications!! I hate to even count them but there's three inhalers and countless other pills for her lungs, antibiotics, anti nausea, anti stomach acid, congestion & cough not to mention her regular medication. They gave the woman a pill for everything! So many pills that she (and my mother is as sharp as a tack) couldn't manage them without help. I had the pharmacist jot me down a cheat sheet of what they were all for so I knew what the heck I was doing!! I wonder if they have a pill to help me understand all these pills :)
It's all good though, being roommates with my Mom is kinda fun. I get to give back a little bit of what I got my whole life; caring. I just wish I could win at a game of cards. Oh my goodness she's good at cards!!