Live-in care, long term hospital stay, retirement home, aging in home.
All of these options have been parts of the roller coaster that you have been riding the last few days. When you think back to the fact that just two weeks ago you were out for lunch with your mother, it is difficult to acknowledge where you are now.
Your mother made the 911 call herself when she realized that the breathing difficulties that she was experiencing was more than the problems she typically experienced with her hiatal hernia. This time, her shortness of breath was different. As soon as the paramedics arrived, her symptoms worsened and by the time she was at the hospital she was no longer able to talk, no longer able to respond, and not really able to breathe on her own. The emergency room team identified a perforated stomach, a condition that was complicated by the hiatal hernia. The local hospital was unable to provide the care that she needed so she was life flighted to the large city medical c Continue Reading