In addition to all of the other doctor appointments my mother always seems to have, her orthopedic surgeon has just added outpatient physical therapy 3x/week to the mix. The center is 20 minutes away from our house, & each session is to last an hour....due to the location, it's not enough time to drop her off & go run errands as nothing is around it.
The thing is, the physical therapy has been ordered because she hasn't been progressing well after her hip replacement. She refuses to follow the hip precautions & as a result she's already dislocated the new hip once. She was in a SNF for 3 months after the surgery, where she received daily physical therapy and if they didn't "make her" do something, she wouldn't do it. They finally said there's no more they could do with her because she wasn't improving, so she left the SNF the way she went in - wheelchair bound. Physical therapists that have come to the house work with her for a few minutes, tell her to do ___ number of exercises on her own, then they leave (waste of time, in other words, as she won't do the exercises...she's always got an excuse as to why she can't do them) She continues to bend past 90* to pick something up/put on her socks/etc., and then turns around & complains that her hip/leg hurts. I'll ask "do you think there's anything you're doing that's making it worse???" (KNOWING that it is what she's doing that is causing the pain) The answer is always no, or "i just bent over really quickly to pick up that _____" - Seriously? It doesn't matter how "quickly" you do it, YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO DO IT! I just can NOT get that through her head!! I tell her everyday to call me when she's ready to get dressed - I'll help her with her pants & socks so she doesn't have to bend over...nope...she rolls on out of her bedroom fully dressed to the shoes.
Sooooo because my mother complained to the ortho about how she's "so upset" that she can't get around on her own yet, and is tired of the wheelchair, I am now going to be driving her 3 times a week to more physical therapy that is going to have the same result as all the others...she won't put in the effort, she'll make excuses for why she didn't do her at-home exercises, and we'll be back to square one again having wasted all of that time and gas for nothing. I expressed this frustration to her ortho and he said "well, all we can do is suggest she do them...we can't force her to do it." I wanted to bang my head against his office wall.
So I guess the 2 days a week I had "reserved" for myself are now being encroached upon (because some of the drs. are only open certain days of the week, etc.) and I find myself having to re-arrange my own appointments to accommodate her new PT schedule, which I am NOT happy about. Ugh.