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moral support please was posted 03/31/1999 10:27 pm by Olga
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moral support please. My Mom, with p.c., and some liver cirrhosis has been taking hydromorphone 3x/day, and Dilaudid to a max. of every 4 hours for breakthrough pain. She has also been taking 2 Haldol/day for psychotic episodes because of the pain meds. My Dad, with severe osteoarthritis, can't cope anymore. My mom was admitted to the hospital this morning because she has become very unresponsive. This is apparently due to the pain meds. They put her on a dilaudid i.v. During her lucid moments, she kept saying she didn't want to be there, that there was nothing wrong with her, that she wanted to go home. She has always refused to discuss palliative care, nursing homes, retirement residences, even at-home nursing care, and my Dad has always gone along with her, so as not to rock the boat. Now she is trying to wander around at the hospital and the nurses have told her that they will have to restrain her if she doesn't stop. Unfortunately she has always been very independent and even unco-operative, and this characteristic has intensified. Here in Ontario, Canada, nursing homes on an emergency basis have a 6 week wait, she needs too much care for a retirement home to take her, she won't accept nurses at her home because they are strangers, and palliative care won't take her unless she has less than 3 months left to live. What can we or should we do? Help, please.

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