I never thought this would all come on so quickly.
my 92 year old mother has lived with me for the past 3 years and although our relationship has always been complicated and difficult, it has worked out OK. last week she got a minor infection on her arm and had to go to the hopsital for 4 days. they said she would need IV antibiotics and so needed skilled nursing care. Since her hospital stay she is confused and really doesnt know much except that she recognizes me. I can see a decline over the past 3 months but it really was some forgettfulnees, some repeating, some confusion about day, etc...now she thinks she is in once city and then the next. she thinks i have children, which I dont. it is all so upsetting since I dont know if this will be permanent. I live alone and teach full time so I cant bring her home, even if she gets some better. I am exhausted and worried. she seems content where she is but they say she asks for me very often. Is this permanent, can she afford long term care, am i doing the right thing, all this is running in my head. I feel alone but I am grateful for the good care she seems to be getting. 40,000.00 a year is frightening.