Mom has been giving off a horrible smell lately. She is washed everyday and sometimes inbetween. This is a new smell. Her BM's are the same as always. Urine is clear of UTI( she has a foley cath.). She has no vaginal discharge. To be frank, she has an almost decaying smell down there!!! But at times I think its seeping from her pores on the rest of her body too? The smell is so strong that it soaks into her bed linens. So I wash them everyday blankets and all. Now with the furnance running the smell goes all thru the house upstairs and down. We can't get away from it. I have tried cracking open the windows, spraying febreeze, burning candles. The smell is soooo bad. I have a strong stomach but.... Its hard to keep from vomiting.
Hospice nurses suggested I tried to use a douche on mom. I tried but, with mom being bedbound I can't do it right. They are really stumped also with smell because they know that I keep my mom very clean. I told the hospice nurse yesterday that I am going give mom a febreeze emema/douche!!! I am losing my mind!! One nurse said its because mom is no longer able to absorb the food that she is taking in? Another suggested cancer? I was also told some women have a vaginal odor? If that is the case, then why hasn't she smelled like this prior to now?
With Thanksgiving coming, my in-laws will be here to eat. My mom's bed is now in the formal living room/ dining room area. No one will be able to sit at the dining table and eat, smelling this smell. Not to mention how embarrassing it is to have your house reek!!!
What do I do? Has anyone dealt with this? Any products I can use on her to help with odor? If I don't get relief soon, my hubby swears he's going to a motel.
Thanks JAMIE :)
P.S. mom is in last stage Dementia.
develop UTI. As tissue breaks down there can be fecal material seeping thru. Lab
results can lead to treatment recommendations to resolve odor. If someone has an air purifyer you can borrow, it might help if even for temporary period or small area. As for the holiday, can you get respit at a Nursing Home or other hospice unit so your house can air and you can feel comfortable having your guests? Best wishes for some solution for you ASAP.