I will probably never get down all the details about our meeting today, but I just wanted you all to know that we have entered into hospice care with Mama.
The initial meeting with the administrator of Heart to Heart Hospice care was wonderful. As we knew they would be, they were compassionate and caring, as well as being helpful and informative. They let us talk and talk about our lives, our daily routine, Mama’s needs, and our own needs. We began the ball rolling, and were told that a nurse would be calling us for an appointment to evaluate Mama’s status.
Last night Mama was up about 4 or 5 times (I lost count), so when Jeanne got here I was able to get a bit of extra sleep. After the first meeting I needed to get out to the grocery store, so Jeanne and I got a list together and off I went. I didn’t get 5 miles down the road before the nurse called me, ready to head out to the house. She was coming from Houston, so I hoped I’d have enough time to get the shopping done and be back before she arrived. Of course, it took longer than I thought, but she was still there when I got home so I could be there for most of her evaluation time.
This part was more difficult than I anticipated. It is one thing to see and even know that your Mama is approaching the end of her life. It is another thing entirely to have ones from the medical field confirm that probability. Her assessment of Mama was difficult to receive. She was so sweet, though, and reminded me that if my Mama knows the Lord, she will be with Him when she passes away. It is comforting to hear that from those who will be working with Mama.
One of the first things they are doing is bringing a hospital bed. What a blessing that will be! They may even be able to adjust meds to enable Mama to sleep better at night. There will be an aide coming in three days a week in the beginning, moving to 5 days as the need arises.
The help we are getting won’t really benefit me as much as I wish it would at first. I will still have to get up with Mama at night, which really makes it difficult for me to go to work the next day. If they can adjust her meds to help her sleep, though, I will get more sleep. The good thing about the aid, though, is that Mama will be monitored by professionals, and we can call on them 24 hours a day if we need them.
They do have a form of respite care which entails transporting Mama to a nursing facility for up to 5 days. At this time, we would probably not use that aspect of hospice unless a real need arises. As long as Mama is even this aware of her surroundings, she would be too frightened to go somewhere without either Jeanne or me. There could come a time when she is no longer aware, and we would be more open to it.
I’d better go to sleep now. Mama is asleep, and I need to take advantage of this while I can! I know there is much more to tell, but my brain is fuzzy. I’ll fill in the spaces when I can! I want to thank you all for your prayers.
God bless your day!