thank you for reading this.
I need help with my mother whom recently had a pulmonary embolism.
She has a hypo-thyroid, and this makes her cold and lethargic.
She also has an IVC filter.
She just started her treatment of blood thinners, and will remain on this med for 1-3 months, with a checkup every month.
My brother and I will be confining her to our downstairs living room. We do not want to risk her falling, going up and down the stairs to her room.
As this embolism, and IVC, has caused her to be short of breath.
We have bought towels, a bucket, and sponge for her to take a sponge bath.
We are unsure as to what to feed her.
We have been told that she should be on a vegetarian/vegan overlapping diet. I just read that we must watch her Vit K intake. I think it said 70 - 90 mcg daily. Also, consistency is key. Her doctor did not tell us this. And so, here I am trying to get as much information as possible.
We want her to remain mobile, but not worked to exhaustion.
We have decided to help her with movements. Help her do bicycle movements with her legs. Help her rotate her arms. And help her walk around the sofa, maybe once or twice every 60-90 min. Her IVC goes down her neck, so we are afraid of what we can do.
She will be having a physical therapist come by to help with movement. My brother and I will be watching and taking notes, to continue this with her when her therapist is not there. We will not overwork her. We will follow the therapist's, and doctor's orders.
Please help us.
I was told to get some gels and powders to apply to cuts if it happens. Does anyone know of any, and where to get them? Medical supply store? Or just CVS?
I am researching as much as possible, but this just hit us 2 days ago, and now she will be coming home tomorrow, and life has/will changed drastically for us/her, for the next 1-3 months.
Also, we do not want her to get excited, or stressed. So we will cut out the news, jokes, arguments, laughing, and anything that can cause excitement.
Any ideas for activities for these next months will be greatly appreciated. She is aware of her upcoming lifestyle change for the next 1-3 months.
She is an avid reader, so I'm hoping my book collection will help, but it will not suffice alone.
Thank you for reading this, any help is greatly appreciated.
Please, and thank you.