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We had a long day on Friday, doctor's appointment about 4 hours from home and she was extremely tired but refused to go to sleep in the car on the way home. She was extremely confused and mumbling her words, and wasn't making much sense. We attributed it to her being tired and hoped that with some rest she would go to back to "normal" (I hate that word when it comes to PD patients). My sister is in town and she stayed with Mom over the weekend and said while she was a bit better, she is still confused on how long she has lived in her house, talked about our father in the present tense (he passed away in August of last year), the fact that my daughter graduated from high school in 1965 (um no), etc. She is also wheezing which is better this morning and the home health nurse is coming by today to check on her. If she isn't better this afternoon, we are going to call doctor to rule out a UTI or other medical issues.

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Nurse called doctor and he said she didn't need oxygen. We are taking her to doctor today to rule out any medical conditions. My sister said she heard her at 3 am saying "come on come on" and when she went down there she was trying to get out of bed! She is in a hospital bed and she can't get out. My sister told her that if she falls she will either die and Mom said "maybe that is what I want". Mom also said the person in the room with her was making too much noise...um she is in her own bedroom and there is no one else! She also called my sister back because she couldn't reach her coffee...there wasn't any coffee.
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91% is too low and would explain the confusion. Get that pulse oximeter and check it both at rest and moving around. If she has a CPAP, she needs it at night. Medicare will pay for oxygen supply if your reading is below 88%.
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91% is too low and would explain the confusion. Get that pulse oximeter and check it both at rest and moving around. If she has a CPAP, she needs it at night. Medicare will pay for oxygen supply if your reading is below 88%.
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The visiting nurse came by and her O2 sats were 91%. She does have a humidifier in her room now that we use. The nurse suggested she drink more water and to use the breathing exerciser (the one you blow in) to help also. I have a call into her doctor to see if we can get her in to check for a UTI and/or stroke.
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Get a fingertip pulse oximeter at the nearest drugstore and read the directions.
O2 readings below 90% are cause for concern. Keep it handy for the visiting nurse. If the house is extremely dry, put a humidifier in her room to ease her breathing. If she spikes a fever, I would suspect pneumonia and get her to the ER.
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