My mom has been in stage 7 for about 2 years now. For the last 2 years, she has been unable to walk on her own, speak (small words here and there and nods) feed herself, etc. She is unable to care for herself at all. She is at home with my dad and a daytime care giver and my brothers and I fill in during the nights and weekends with her care. She also has been on Hospice care for about a year now.4 weeks ago, mom started showing signs of declining more when she started throwing up, not wanting to eat as much, unable to urinate and her bowels not moving. The Hospice nurse told us that she most likely had 2 days to a couple weeks left. This surprised us all because she's been the same for so long. Mom has since that time seemed to be getting better. She's smiling more, eating more than normal (but still losing weight, it's just not sticking) and even acts more alert than usual at times. She still has a catheter in but her urine is still cloudy. Her bowels are moving on their on now without any help. She recently started hallucinating like she's seeing someone or something that we can't see. She is sleeping more now but it's a on and off thing. Some days she will sleep for 6 hours and some days she won't sleep at all during the day. It has been the craziest and most stressful 4 weeks of our lives and we are all so confused with this horrible disease. Dad will do anything to get her better and doesn't want to hear talk about her being at the end stage even from the hospice nurse a few weeks ago. He thinks he has nursed her back to where she was. She's not where she was 3 weeks ago, but she is definitely better. The nurse says mom is doing very good right now and isn't putting a time line on it anymore but she does think she's still in the declining stage. My questions is, does this sound like the end stage for our mom like the nurse suggested several weeks ago? Is this a rally? If it is, can a rally last for weeks or months or longer? We are enjoying these good days with mom but It's all confusing at this point.
Thank you for your response.