You could save the life of your Loved One!! After my Mom's bath yesterday morning, I was rubbing her legs down with lotion. One calf just didn't feel right - it was "tight." I can't really give a better description, but my gut told me something was wrong. She had another issue too, so I called her doc and asked if we could come in right away. Fortunately, they had an opening. We were sent to the hospital for a Doppler scan of her leg; then we were immediately transferred to the ER. She had a blood clot from her knee to her ankle!! This is our third episode with blood clots but the first time that I was the one to catch it.
Caregivers - please make sure you know your loved ones bodies, trust your gut and act immediately. I'm not a nurse and I became my Mom's caregiver on a wing and a prayer. I've learned more than I ever wanted to know about the many things that are wrong with her but I thank God every day that I have trusted my intuition and learned as much as I could about how to care for her. I know that death will eventually come, but I really don't want her to die on my watch if there is something I could have done to prevent it.