Tuesday, September 4, 2007

They x-rayed both of Mom's hips and the appliance in the right hip was just fine. That is good news. The doctor said Mom has two choices; become less ambulatory or have a hip replacement on her left hip. At first it sounded like Mom might consider the hip replacement. But then she wavered and decided against it. I told her we could think about it.

She seems better since taking the antibiotics. I guess it's true that a UTI causes more confusion in the elderly. Tonight she said that she would like to have someone come be with her during the days when I am at work. I got a name from my therapist of someone that her family used for her mom and they really liked this woman. I'm thinking of calling her. Or I could call the ex-police officer. That woman would just provide companionship though. Her card sounds like she doesn't do a lot with people who have memory loss, but it can't hurt to ask.

I ordered a Hoover deep clean steam vacuum that can clean both carpet and upholstery. It had 300 reviews on Amazon with an average of 4 1/2 out of 5 stars so I figure it must be pretty good. The price seemed reasonable and shipping is free so I'll give it a try. It hopefully can help get up some of the stains from Mom's bed into the bathroom. Luckily this is only about a 4 foot space. It might also help to clean the upholstery on Mom's chair.

UPDATE: I've emailed the ex-police officer. I'll see what she says in her reply. Meanwhile Mom is up and about after wanting to go to bed at 8:30 tonight.


~Betsy said...

Oh my Robyn - your mom is making wonderful progress! She is willing to accept a companion and that is awesome! I'm so happy for you because once you settle on the right person, I should think life would settle a little for you. At least your fears might subside a little and your guilt would be in check. I know how much you dislike leaving her all day.

You'll have to let me know how the vacuum works. Heaven knows it would get a work out around here! :)

rilera said...

I hope we can find someone that Mom enjoys being with. And hopefully she is more accepting now that we are treating the UTI and giving her the Seroquel.

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