At the ER, no records were sent with my mom.
The drug was Lyrica which is a powerful & strong medication. My mother had no reason to be on Lyrica & no history of any strong medications. She was put on a strong dosage, 150MG - 3 times a day.
A co-resident told me it was done to keep my mom from trying to get out of the Brody Chair. I don’t know why it was given. Had I been notified as I’m suppose to be I would’ve refused the medication & not allowed it whatsoever.
My mother was so drugged that she couldn’t hold herself up or feed herself. She was taken to her room to rest on Mother’s Day, which was day 3 of Lyrica, 3 times per day. I found her later that night & she was completely non responsive & her breathing was terribly labored. I demanded oxygen.
Found out she had been like that for days & they just left her in the bed flat on her back. Everyone assured me she was just tired.
She was sent to the ER about day 6 for breathing difficulties. I was told then that she had pneumonia & her lungs were in complete respiratory failure & there was no hope for her. She died a few days later. She wasn’t sick with pneumonia when I left her days earlier. I believe she developed pneumonia due to laying in the bed flat on her back for so long struggling to breathe. They hid everything from me!
After her services I obtained the hospital records & saw that the nursing home medical chart did not have Lyrica listed anywhere. The medical chart for her last 2 days at the Nursing Home were hand written where all other days were typed, most likely computer generated. That seemed very odd to me. I think it’s a cover up. What should I do?
PS - I was my mother’s legal, durable & medical POA & it was documented that for any changes of any kind, I must be notified.
They had been calling me as required up until the Lyrica. The Dr said he told me, he did not! Again, I would’ve never allowed her to be on Lyrica. Why do I feel so strongly about Lyrica? Because I take it for a spinal cord injury & central nervous system disease. The NH Dr. STARTED my mom on the exact dosage that I take now. I started on a lower dosage & lower frequency when 1st prescribed Lyrica. My mom didn’t have a tolerance to any type of medication like this, or pain medication or medication for the central nervous system. Absolutely no tolerance. I can’t understand why the Dr. prescribed this medication & especially this high of a dosage!
My first few days on 2 Lyrica pills made me feel intoxicated & I wouldn’t drive until I became better adjusted to the medication. Due to my serious spinal cord injury, I must take pain medication & I have whats called a tolerance & it (Lyrica) kicked my butt! I hated the side effects but it was the only medication that gave me pain relief, it was excruciating before Lyrica.
Imagine my 82 yr old mother & how she must of felt.
FYI, I saw my mother for 4 days & 4 nights that week. She was doing so well. She was coming home in a week or two after her PT. She was only there for me to be able to get my spinal surgery testing done & all the things that happen before surgery. She had been ill for 21 months & I cancelled my scheduled surgeries to take care of her. We had no one else to care for her. My mom was my world. She & I lived together & functioned as a couple for the past 35 years. We were truly the best of best friends! I thought I could protect her with all of my legal POA’s.
The NH never called me to express any condolences! Prior to my mom in this NH I had 2 other family members in this NH so I was known around all levels of staff.
I’ve reached out to 1 attorney but not heard back. I don’t know what I should do. Attorneys advertise about personal injury or wrongful death but they want you to write your story & send it in & I don’t have any confidence in any attorney. Thank you in advance for your input & suggestions.