My mom hasn't been told she has a terminal condition, there is no estimated timetable on her decline. However, she is going through a lot of difficulty right now with many issues...she has some dementia, and it is made worse by what her doctor thinks might be systemic candida. She has yeast infection sores breaking out all in numerous places on her body, as well as a thrush infection in her mouth. She does not have HIV.
To top it off, the ALF got her started on round the clock Ativan for anxiety, which really backfired on mom...her confusion worsened, her panic worsened, her breathing got very slow and shallow along with her speech getting slow and slurred. She had a large quantity of the classic side-effects to Ativan and I told them to get her off it.
Mom is pulling off it (she was on 1 mg, 3x a day) and suffering muscle cramps, confusion, speech problems, panic.
Now they are saying we should call hospice. How can I do that when her doctors don't say she's terminal?
Besides, she still wants to fight if the Candida is beatable.
I'm crying so much lately, this is just awful. I don't know what to do.
Thanks. You've all given me so much support recently and it's deeply appreciated.