my aunt Elsie has been receiving hospice level care since February she's been on a very slow decline and the hospice care is designed to make her as comfortable as possible . I have been preoccupied with my mothers own hospitalization journey from December to February I was trying to arrange hospice care for Elsie while visiting my mother in the hospital every day I felt badly about not seeing Elsie every day like I had with my mother was in the same facility - I was glad to visit her with Buddy but often felt as an inadequate source of company.
I received a call from the hospice nurse last week saying Elsie had been in further decline it and they might reevaluate her use of a feeding tube -the tube was inserted by her sons request against her wishes, at the time I wasn't aware I really had executive authority over her medical decisions. The feeding tube was removed over the weekend and when I saw her on Monday she was not talking or responding much to me but she let buddy lick her -She also ate the chocolate candy I gave her. I received a call from the nurse this morning encouraging me to visit Elsie since her condition had greatly worsened since Monday Leigh and I want to see her with buddy and it was a bit frightening. Elsie's mouth was gaping open and she was staring up at the ceiling breathing with gurgling noises so it seems like she's at the end of her journey. I hugged the nurse who had called me and she was teary-eyed and she said to me "she was my baby for four years" I will always appreciate her kindness to her
Gigi had a sudden decline- she started to have trouble with balance, getting up and seemed to have diminished muscle strength- took her to the vet and we were hoping it was an ear infection. We tried treating her with cannabis crackers- but there were days she couldn't move at all. Today she was crying because she couldn't get up & couldn't keep her head upright to eat.
I do think she enjoyed the pizza I gave her this morning
Christmas Day was nice - On Sundays we take my parents out to eat & since it was Xmas me & my sister in law Carole brought food over - & I had some Greek bread I made in the freezer.
I felt bad that Christina ( who lives with my folks) wasn't up to joining us She said she felt stuffy & achy -but then later I realized she was crying on & off all day. It's a difficult time of year for many -she lost her mother 12 years ago & her father hasn't been much of a support I hope she knows how much my family values her - I would be lost without her
The gal who lives with & takes care of my folks, Christina (her daughter lives with them too) is off for a well deserved week away & we are using a home care aide service. So far it's worked out well. They come 3XDay...I was at my folks house yesterday to meet the caregiver . She kindly woke my Mom & made her breakfast. My Mom looked out the window & asked whose car was in the driveway, which was the caregiver's car. She always wants to know whose car is in the driveway or if my car is working. I asked the aide if she had much experience in working with dementia patients & how she thought my Mom was. She has a lot of experience with them & thought my Mom was in early stages, we've been giving her cannabis peanut butter since June of 2014. On Saturday, friends of my brother drove 5 hours from Illinois to get some cannabis crackers to try with their Mother who has a lot in common with my Mom - Greek, same age, also had a stroke - but her condition is more severe. Hopefully this will help.
My Dad really likes the caregivers so far - which is great. I'm sure my Dad enjoys having different people around to talk with.
I made an instagram collage of my Dad with my Corgi Buddy, his sketch & final painting...