Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Things that Go Bump in the Night

Mid morning I got a call. Mom had fallen out of bed over night. She wasn't hurt, they'd put a mattress on the floor at my sister's urging (good thinking on her part!) but they couldn't get her back into bed. They had to call the RN in the middle of the night to come in and help. They said I needed to get a Hi-Lo bed delivered right away so I blindly called a medical supply company and learned that I needed a doctor's order for this. I called the doctor and left a message. Then I called my care manager and she told me to hold on, this was the facility's job not mine. Thankfully they took over where I had left off. Then later this afternoon they told me that the Hoyer lift (pictured left) that is used to transfer Mom from the bed to her wheel chair tipped over while they were transferring Mom. Again, Mom wasn't hurt (thank God). I was pretty worried and stopped by after work to see how Mom was doing. I guess my emotions got the best of me because, after making sure Mom was OK, I left and I cried all the way home. I miss Mom so much and the stress of the last few months caught up with me and I lost it. On a positive note, Mom seems quite content and happy in her new home. I asked her if she liked it there and she said 'Yes'. That warms my heart. There will continue to be bumps in the road, but hopefully, once the facility gets the new bed and reinforces training on the Hoyer lift, things will settle down into some sort of normalcy.

It didn't help that I had a crazy day at work too between trying to catch up with projects and trying to find a new bed for Mom. When I finally got home there were two boxes of flower bouquets from my wonderful brother-in-law. One for me, and one for Mom. Isn't he thoughtful??

6 comments:

cornbread hell said...

this post reminds me of a dinner-time ritual we had when my kids were growing up. we would go around the table telling a "good thing" and a "bad thing" that had happened that day.

peace, robyn.

Annie said...

Robyn, you deserve to be able to have a good cry. You needed it. Are you sleeping through the night?

Lily said...

Often it's not until the pressure we're under eases a little, that we realise just how long we've been running on empty and that's when we grind to a halt. Now you need some 'me' time, some peace and pampering, you deserve it!

~Betsy said...

Be patient as the kinks and glitches are worked out with Mom's new home. Things will soon settle into a routine that works for your mom. Hang in there.

J said...

((Robin)) Bless you! and the flowers were wonderful! that's a good man.

Annie said...

Just checking in. Hope you and Mom are doing well.