Mom Hospitalized Nov 2022
by Wendy, Retirement Enthusiast/Coach
Mom was hospitalized one week ago, Sunday to Wednesday, and is back at Assisted Living.
I've never seen Emergency so packed with people waiting to get in, lined up down the hall, waiting... I've also never seen so many inside Emergency, lined up in beds along the hallways, rooms all full! COVID is still around just not making the news as much as it previously did.
Back to mom, She was unresponsive and taken by ambulance -- no speech, hardly recognized us. Three days of testing -- and nothing!
She did have an infection but they never figured out where, just gave her antibiotics. She was dehydrated, she doesn't care for water, but the IV helped there.
The real problem is now her mental state. She is so down! Scared of what's happening to her. Scared to be alone. They found nothing. She is fine. But scared...
We told the Neurologist we are now concerned about her mental state, and she agreed. Discharge papers quickly followed.
WHY does this happen to older folks when hospitalized? They get SO confused, and the combination of drugs, laying there with nothing to do but worry, and being somewhere they don't recognize -- Ugg.
I met Nick at mom's place and we chat sometimes. He went into the hospital with COVID weeks ago, and returned to Memory Care. He was confused to begin, but... whatever happened there, he is now classified differently and resides in a Memory unit. How Sad.
Praying mom's friends and family can pull her through this sadness. Mom is 96. Let her time here be lived without pain (mental or physical)!
Has this happened to someone you know? I am curious!