She has accepted that she has to live with the pain and that she will for the rest of her life. Mom lives alone and has two caregivers, me and one from an agency. She has been treated with narcotics for the past year and recently was put on a 12 mcg fentanyl patch to accompany her vicoden. The 25 was too powerful. So she is having 9 on a scale of 10 pain and was told by an ER doc this week to up the vicoden to 4 a day. Today she told me she won't take the 4th pill because it makes her too groggy.
It's wearing on me being her caregiver because I hate to know she's in pain every day and has such poor quality of life. Most of the time, we can't leave the house to go out to eat because she's in too much pain.
I dont' have a clue now.
She also was told by her primary doc that she can have a glass of wine a day. Seriously???