I'm still in a holding pattern. Mother is late last stage dementia, immoble, wordless, and has to be fed and changed.
3 weeks ago or so, mother's hospice team was barred from entering her care home since they had treated someone who tested positive. Hospice aide had been keeping a pressure sore from developing for a couple of weeks, but the home was not able to stop it.
The nurse has now been allowed back in to check mthr & bumped up her pain meds to methadone since it's a liquid. Mthr was crying out in pain when she was shifted since her sore is on her behind. Last weekend, the home called the nurse for antibiotics since mthr was running a fever. I pointed out to the nurse when I talked to her, that mthr's advance directive calls for no antibiotic treatment so that's been discontinued. I expect that whatever bug was causing the fever is gone since it was a week ago and there won't be any decline from stopping the antibiotic.
Mthr is taking in more calories now that she's getting Ensure, but still weighs in the 60lb range. They will insert a catheter so she is not urinating into the sore and causing more pain. My hope is that she will be able to ease into the night with the increased pain meds. I'm so sad they treated her with antibiotics! How long can a person have a well treated bedsore and keep ticking? This is new territory for me - it will be 8 years in June that I've had mthr under care.