Mom fell on Wed nite and broke 2 ribs. She has been in hospice for 1 1/2 years for her dimentia. Before the fall she was walking talking eating and doing everything I would do just without recall. I kept her home till Friday keeping her comfortable with small amounts of morphine every 6 or more hours, when all I could get her to eat was a banana that I had fed her in little pieces. In the evening I couldn't even get her to drink (I even tried a straw putting fluid in her mouth) so I called hospice and had her taken to the hospital for fluids. Now she just lays there and does nothing but stare. You can get her to smile and every now and then get a small chuckle from her. It was her desire when she could make decisions, never to be kept alive with a feeding tube or machine if she were to need them. I will not put her though that since she said not to.
I haven't made final arrangements and know I need to do this now. How long can she live with just being hydrated? Should I sit by her side or is there time for me to step out for a day or two to take care of things?