Of course, mom is experiencing many Parkinson’s symptoms, including some rigidity and pain which is common in Parkinson’s disease.
This is awkward and painful for me to speak about. It dredges up painful memories going back to my early childhood. I will try to explain this situation to all of you.
Most people here know that my oldest brother (deceased) had a serious drug addiction to opioids.
Mom is suffering but is afraid of addiction because of what she lived through with my brother.
I respect my mom’s fear but she’s 95 and obviously suffering.
My brother is with her now. I am going to see her shortly.
Anyway, he said that she stiffened up, is in pain but couldn’t talk to him. Not sure why?
She has had problems with being able to express herself.
The only thing my brother was thinking to make her comfortable was to increase her pain meds.
The hospice nurse and aides are wonderful at reading her body language when she is in pain and can’t speak.
So, she’s on a regular schedule of pain meds, pills, not the liquid morphine because mom was refusing the morphine but the pills don’t seem to be helping her all the time.
They are offering her the morphine.
My brother and I want her to be free of pain which is the entire purpose of hospice.
What should we tell mom to calm her fears about receiving the morphine?
Please advise me as to what you feel is best regarding this matter.
I know that she isn’t delusional about getting well or anything like that.
She doesn’t seem to be afraid of dying either. In fact, she has long been ready to leave this world to join my father in the afterlife.
I’m concerned and upset that she is worried about becoming addicted.