Dorothy’s Dementia

Dorothy had a great day! She did physical therapy and occupational therapy today- three times.  She sat up in the chair for lunch and dinner- and lingered for a while she took a long nap and enjoyed the view out of her window.   She had a special treat later in the day- her granddaughter and great grandsons come for a visit.   We laughed at the boy’s funny stories and had a wonderful time. This was the highlight of the last few days

 After they left- the nurses came and helped her back to bed.  While she was waiting on the nurses, she was fidgeting with her IV and pulled it out.  Yes, blood was everywhere- she was so confused as to what was happening- this was all happening around the sundowners’ time.  They got her settled down and had to relocate her IV.  She was agitated and confused-I knew it was going to be a rough night.

After they got her settled down and comfortable in the bed, I was conflicted on if I should stay or go. I knew she had a long day with PT, OT and the exercises we had her do every hour. This along with the visit from the boys, I knew it was going to be a trying night.   The nurses told me that they would put the bed alert on and since she is located right outside the nurses’ desk- I knew the best thing for everyone was for me to go and get a good night’s sleep.

This is going to be tough- this is going to be long- this has put a new chapter in our lives.

Peace & Love,

Cheryl Doreen

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