Mom is 78, diagnosed with dementia, survivor of lung and brain cancer, amongst other ailments. Mom is on pureed foods and was taking atropine to minimize her saliva due to difficulty swallowing, causing respiratory problems. Atropine is not working. She also uses the nebulizer and oxygen as needed.
What can I expect with Mom? Hospice told me today that they can do one of two things at this point: suction out liquids every time they see her or morphine. I am all over sunctioning to help give some relief for her..... and then, of course, we'll use morphine as needed.
Hospice said, it could be weeks, months, or less... It is so hard to see Mom's life become this when she was such a vibrant and lively person... My siblings are not really involved and have proven to be unsafe discussing Mom's condition. They are in denial and rather self-centered. Mom is still in there, despite her non-communication, drooling and being checked out much of the time...
Today I asked her: Mom, is there anyone you want to talk to (thinking she'd say her sister or one of her kids)? She looked wide-eyed at me and said loudly: "God!" I smiled.