Some of you are aware that my mother has some sort of blood/bone marrow disease which she's refusing to have diagnosed or treated. She has been getting iron infusions and some Procrit after being hospitalized in March and that has helped her feel better.
She says she still feels fine (and acts like it) but I took her for routine blood work yesterday and her white count has jumped from 30,000 to over 60,000 since March. It alarmed her doctor so much that she called to send Mom to the hospital as soon as she got the results. Mom has refused to go, even though she was warned that this could portend a major crisis of infection, hemorrhage, stroke or other life-threatening complications.
The doctor said if Mom won't go to the hospital that she's sending hospice to her home. Mom said absolutely not. Doctor said they're coming anyway. They're sending someone very sensitive who can explain the hospice services very gently to Mom.
Thing is, Mom is now having home health care since her last hospitalization and it's due to end soon. She loves it, especially the woman who comes in and bathes her once a week. She can only keep that by agreeing to accept hospice. But she's dead set against it, just the idea of it. This won't be pretty. It never is when Mom doesn't get her way.