hi all. I posted earlier about my father who took a fall, fractured his hip and was in ICU for a while. Then he was moved to palliative care. He was discharged to a rehab facility last night. My mother, brother, sister and me have been taken shifts staying with him 24/7 since he got out to the ICU. Here they allow family to stay with new patients the first night and it was my turn. He couldn't settle down, had a couple accidents and pretty much woke me up 5 times in 6 hours. The last time I woke up and he was on the floor.
I think he fell for the same reason he fell originally - he was off oxygen for a while. He was transferred from the hospital to the facility around 8:30-9pm. the nurse said all his meds were approved but they don't have an in house pharmacy. he is on Percocet for pain (much less than before.) In the hospital he also had some agitation, they prescribed .5mg (I think? very small dose) and it worked wonders.
We were able to get him back up on the bed, me 2 nurses and a security guard. the beds have side rails but near the head so they probably would not prevent another fall. I was happy to see that this facility promotes non use of restraints but you can request them if you want. I am going to recommend that they do that maybe until they can prescribe something to settle him down? I don't even know if that's appropriate - I don't have any clinical knowledge.
I am sitting here writing you all waiting for my mother to come and relieve me. I have to go to my internship today. I was so happy last night at all the amenities they have here for him. Right now I'm so mad I can't even say anything to my father. I'm not sure who I"m mad at, him, me or %^&*&*^*)(*) old age. i dropped my class load to part time, my brother flew in from Scotland, my sister from NJ and my dog has been very lonely and our lives have been turned upside down for the last 3 weeks. How the h*ll people can do this for years and years is completely beyond me.
Thank you for letting me vent.