Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Grammy has been moved into a Long Term Care Facility

Well pups, on October 1, my grammy was moved into a Long Term Care Facility.  She does seem to be adjusting to her new surroundings.  We simply cannot imagine what it must feel like for her to have to be uprooted so suddenly from what she knew before she became so very ill on August 31 of this year.  As there was no room available in the Long Term Care Facility in the city where grammy lived, she was given the first available bed that opened up in the health district.  Grammy is now on a waiting list to be moved back to her home city once a bed frees up. This might be a while as the only way a bed frees up in a Long Term Care Facility, is that someone departs if you catch my drift.  It is the sad reality.

In my last post I advised that grammy was diagnosed with Vascular Cognitive Impairment or Vascular Dementia.  This came on so suddenly that it was like flipping a switch for grammy.  The change seemed to occur overnight.  Mom had heard about rapid onset dementia, but had never known anyone with it.  It is devastating pups.  It is mom and her family that must now accept the new reality for grammy. As one nurse said, "she is sweetly confused". 

If you pups know of anyone that has dealt with rapid onset dementia, please have them send mom an e-mail.  Apparently this can be done from my blog, as we have received e-mails this way in the past from some readers, but mom simply has no idea how you do that, BOL.  She isn't real tech savvy, that momma of mine.

Mom must reiterate how important a Power of Attorney is when something happens this quickly.  Everything from disconnecting the phone, to handling financial affairs is made so much easier if this document is on file, and believe me pups, mom says you will be asked for it if you are looking after someone's affairs should they fall sick. 

A Medical Directive is also important.  Let's say your peeps don't want heroic measures taken should they suffer a sudden medical problem.  This needs to be known ahead of time and their wishes respected.  Not everyone wants someone pounding on their chest or sticking a breathing tube down their throat.  Let's face it pups, when CPR is performed it is not like on tv where the next scene has the patient wearing silk pyjamas and sipping champagne and all happy.  No, there will probably be some medical difficulties associated with their resuscitation.

Mom is still writing letters and sending out copies of the Power of Attorney and letting people know to contact her now that grammy is in the Long Term Care Facility.  It is tough pups, but it must be done.

Mom will update my blog with happier entries soon.  She has so many pictures of my summer and now fall that she simply must get them on here.  Please be patient with her and thanks so much for being such pawsome pals.

We love you all.

12 comments:

  1. Sorry y'all are goin through this. Big hugs for all.

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  2. We know about this stuff. Our ghostwriter is a long term care nurse. Good luck with everything and spend time with Grammy.

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    1. Thank you for the good wishes and thanks for stopping by. Hugs!

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  3. Take yur time BuddyMomma. Whut yu have been thru is not a fun thing.

    Sendin hugs an stuff frum our place to yurs.

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  4. Crikey Buddy .... that's no good mate!! I'm so sorry to hear about your dear Grammy. Mum sends her love and prayers to your Mom. She knows just how tough it is when things like this happen. Her Mum's been in one of those facilities for a few years now. She doesn't have dementia (although she does get VERY confused at times) but she is 96 and has lost her sight to macular degeneration.

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  5. Growlmy also knows how these things are so sad, mainly for the furmily...and sometimes fur the peep involved...it depends.
    Growlmy also works in a nursing home. some of the beds are for rehab, and some fur long term care.
    My Great-Auntie just recently had to tell herself, that 'now is the time' She has not got dementia,but at 95, she can furget things...and she sometimes looses her balance. She is more frail than anything else. She fell and broke her wrist..
    So far after about 2 weeks, she is doing OK. My aunt has the P.O.T.

    Sending lots of big hugs...its so hard to stand by your loved ones and see all these things changing them into peeps we do not know ourselves either.

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    1. Glad your great-auntie is adjusting well. These changes are so difficult. Hugs!

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  6. Oh I am so sorry Buddy :( It must be so hard for her, I can't even imagine :(
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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