Monday, June 17, 2013

Mom Update

     As of Sunday evening, new bruises, aches and areas of concern were still showing up.  I'll be heading up to the hospital later.

     Readers have suggested one of the call-for-help pendants for her and it's looking more and more like a good idea.

8 comments:

aczarnowski said...

I hope everything is "expected," with well worn best practices to a fast recovery.

Ruth said...

I didn't check to see what was mentioned in the other set of comments, but in reference to those emergency buttons, awesome idea, but do some research, there's different ones, and not all of them qualify her for emergency service in the event of a power outage.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

The "call for help" pendants are a great idea.

My aunt had one and that's the only reason anyone knew she'd had her second stroke in the shower. Mom was talking to her a couple of times a day but who knows how long she could have lay there before Mom tried to call her again -- plus my aunt was still living independently and driving, so it might not have seemed odd that she wasn't answering the phone until the next day. In the event, EMS were there within 15 minutes, and the first Mom knew there was a problem was when the call button folks called her to say EMS had been despatched.

We had Mom get one after she had her tiny stroke (so small they almost missed it on the scan) about 10 years ago. She hasn't needed it -- yet. But at 85 it's comforting to know she has it.

Farmgirl said...

Roberta, whether or not ya'll get her life alert or whatever company you go with, bear in mind that it's only as effective as she will let it be.

My great-grandma, Sugar, had one. When she fell on her front walk (at 90) and shattered her kneecap, she didn't use it (she wore it to keep us happy.) Instead she dragged herself up four steps onto the porch, then into the house, and across ~8 feet of living room to a phone, and called us.

However, when we got there (mom having answered the phone, listened for a moment, said "DON'T MOVE" and then "Sugar" on the way out the door, leaving us drafting in her wake so fast the screen door didn't manage to swing shut before we were all out) I was able to slap a big, obvious button on the base unit and talk to the air to tell the operator that she'd fallen and we needed an ambulance.

So, yeah. It's only as useful as she'll let it be, but it might make the thinking a little easier on the first one to get there even if she doesn't let it be very useful at all.

Jim R said...

I second the hope that these new discoveries are expected and she has a speedy recovery. Do not forget to take care of yourself too.

Jim R

Borepatch said...

Best wishes for MomX

armedlaughing said...

Prayers and good thoughts your way!

gfa

Gerry Frey said...

Praying for your mom to have a swift and complete recovery. My mothers mother(God rest her soul, she actually passed back in '96) used to not wear her pendant, saying oh, I knew you were coming. Until she was sat down and the cost was explained to her and how if she didn't wear it she couldn't stay in her house. So *I* completely understand your story. My Grandma was an old Wisconsin Farm wife. If there isn't a picture of your mother in the dictionary next to stubborn, then there is one of my Grandma Celda....