Last Monday started the serious decline!
My MIL with vascular dementia, has been told over and over again not to get out of bed or the chair by herself, but as dementia goes what we tell her goes in one ear and out the other! When my wife was getting her breakfast she decided to get out of bed, the result was that she tangled her leg in the sheets and fell to the floor, possibly fracturing the hip that had been broken and pinned about 6 years ago (the Hospice DR thought a possiblility when she visited on Fri). She was in a lot of pain and my wife called Hospice. The Hospice nurse started her on Morphine. All week she has been declining, mumbling words, calling for long passed cousins etc. She slept about 18 hours the past two nights. Yesterday her pulse was 188 Oxygen sats 83, today pulse 160. Yesterday when I tried to give her medication she couldn't swallow, the Hospice nurse advised not to try to feed her just swab her mouth with water, but continue the morophine since it is liquid. Today she is breathing regularly through her mouth ( it sounds like snorring), her eyes are half open, we don't know if she knows us and is uttering little sounds. The Hospice nurse thinks she has about a week, I would value any opinions from the many of our fellow caregivers with much more expierience. Thanks!