MIL had a bout with congestive heart failure & fluid in lungs mid-July. Spent 1 week in ICU, 1 week in higher care hospitialization & then a week in rehab. I truly believe that ER/ICU saved her life! Its when she left ICU that she had a bedsore form. It was unstageable when she left hospital & went into rehab. Rehab (SNF) was a whole new nightmare.
I told MIL that we would get her out by her 86th birthday, Aug 2nd. And by golly she was FREE by 7:30 that evening. Bottom line, her bedsore is a stage 4 (down to tailbone). Luckily home-healthcare kicked in the next day & wound nurse came out & showed me how to dress the wound. By time she actually saw a wound doctor, it looked much better & he said the vibrant pinkness visable inside the gaping hole is actually new blood vessels. No infection (Praise Jesus!)! I've kept up on her vitals, and she's been in good ranges. She did need a couple of insulin injections when she was first home, but its all been good & stable since. For the last month and half, I've been her primary caregiver, which I'm totally fine with. She & I are good :). Her daughter & my husband alternate "night shift". Since they both work outside the house, it gives me a break & they get "mommy-time." So far so good.
Her PCP did suggest hospice and due to all of our ignorance, we agreed. So she's been on hospice for last month. We are considering taking her off since we (& she) now understand it better. She & we want her to get better. She hasn't been able to walk since she went to ER, but with hospice, there is no PT.
Which brings me to where we are now. She does not like her air mattress & wants to sleep on her memory foam adjustable bed. She doesn't really lie on her back, she does roll herself back & forth, side to side and even can sit herself up on edge of bed. So my question is whether anyone has had positive results on using a posturepedic-type bed on elder with existing bed sore?
I figured I'd share my the whole story since this is my first post. I've been stalking here over last couple of weeks & really enjoy the stories & experiences you all share. It really makes you NOT feel alone! Thank God I saw all the warnings to beware of BURNOUT. Hospice also made it clear that we all need breaks. Best info ever!