Last weekend I went to visit me Mum in the rehab hospital. She fell and broke her hip and ended up with a partial hip replacement. She has been in the hospital or rehab since Sept. 23rd, or maybe the 27th. She had to have 3 surgeries ~ the main partial hip replacement, the surgery to remove infection from her incision, and the surgery to remove the drain from the incision repair. She moved to the facility she is in on the 20th, and was informed by the case manager at the new facility that she will be discharged on Dec 7th because the insurance (Medicare) simply won't pay anymore. I have 2 thoughts on this: 1. It will motivate her to really work with the physical therapists to make the most of the time she has left there, and 2. because she still has a lot of mobility problems, it might be a really big mistake. I suppose that there must be some limits, but I think discharging someone who might very well fall again because they simply aren't strong enough is asking for trouble. Truthfully, I am very concerned at how she will handle being at home with just J*, her care giver. There will be in home rehab until she is strong enough to actually go to the facility. She is very lucky to have the money to pay for a nurse aide to come several times a day. I suppose we will just have to see how it goes. She may go home, but I have serious doubts that it will work. I have a feeling that she will end up in a nursing home, and then discover that she wished she had worked harder to stay home. I hope she proves me wrong.
We had a very nice Thanksgiving with Mom last Sunday. I had called my sister about 3 months ago and suggested I come the weekend before Thanksgiving to have it with her a week early...all before she fell. Since I really needed to go see her anyway, we stuck with this idea, and it went really well. It is tough though, to see her so fragile. I need to do some research on renting or buying a hospital bed and check into the home health care situation.
This is the point where I feel overwhelmed with guilt that I live so far away and my Sis ends up with all the hard stuff. Not that there is much I can do about it.
Our own Thanksgiving was delicious. As son #2 usually gets a turkey from work at Thanksgiving, I opted to have ham, and save the turkey for Christmas. I like turkey, but don't really want to roast 2 in 4 weeks, and what to do with all the leftovers?????
I hope you had a wonderful time with your family and friends!