Mom's not the healthiest person and past year has been one crisis after another, but this time I feel I should prepare for the worst.
My mother was diagnosed with a DVT in March and admitted to the hospital, then was transferred to the SNF for physical therapy. Physical therapy was discontinued at the beginning of this month (May) because they said she had plateaued and wasn't making any progress (in order for Medicare to pay you have to show progress). The SNF kept her there under wound care coverage instead because she was not well enough to come home (and I had already decided I didn't want her back here at the house - it was just not a good situation for me or her). Last Friday I received a phone call from the SNF informing me that my mom's hemoglobin count had dropped to 6.7 and her white cell count dropped to near nothing, so they were transferring her to the hospital for treatment. They weren't sure what caused it - could be the coumadin causing a bleed somewhere (though they couldn't find where), could be any number of things - they didn't seem to concerned with finding out the "why", just trying to bring the numbers back up. During this time, she was so weak she couldn't even hold the phone up to her ear for more than a minute to talk to my brother & sister on Mother's Day. The hospital gave her a unit of packed red blood cells, which brought her count up to just over 8, and the next day her white cell count came back up within normal range. Her edema was controlled and her numbers all stabilized over a 4 day period, so they transferred her back to the SNF on Tuesday.
Ever since she then she has been extremely weak - all she wants to do is sleep all day and has absolutely no energy. I just got off the phone with her and she said the physical therapist was there with her, but she just couldn't do anything because she is so weak. I am really beginning to wonder if there is more to this than what they are telling me.
My Mom has a multitude of chronic health issues - congestive heart failure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. so she is not the healthiest person - really hasn't been doing well the past couple of years especially...it's been one crisis after another. This time feels different...and I don't know how to explain it other than I have a sinking feeling that I should be preparing myself for the worst, and I can't shake it.