Mom was just hospitalized for extreme lethargy. Tests revealed that her hemoglobin levels were very low and a stomach lining issue was revealed to be the culprit. She was treated and almost immediately her personality returned and she looked and sounded 10x better. After a few days she was discharged and sent to a short-term rehab facility to receive some therapy.
Now, despite no medical reason for it, she is claiming that she has "lost use of her legs" and refuses to even try to sit upright, even to eat. Today she even begged me to feed her, which I refused to do because there's no reason at all that she needs to be fed by someone else. When I try to raise her bed she carries on like it's torture even though it's a mere four or five inches.
I'm at my wit's end with this, as is everyone else. Again, there's no medical reason why she cannot sit up and at least try to move around, it appears that she just doesn't feel like it or fears the pain involved. I tried to explain that this will pass after some repeated movement (she was walking rather well just a few weeks ago and she hasn't suffered any sort of injury) but she just won't do it. I think she's totally blowing a real opportunity here and it's maddening to watch. I'm even beginning to become hesitant to visit her for long as I just can't stand to see her lying there like a lump trying to eat while lying down almost flat on her back.
Her mother died shortly after breaking her hip in a fall and I believe this is why she's totally terrified of moving. I've explained this to every single healthcare person she's worked with but it hasn't helped at all. I firmly believe she needs to be forced into a sitting position for a while just to prove to her it won't kill her but they either can't or won't do it, mainly because she wails in a total panic if anyone tries. I just can't get through to her and it's miserable. Anyone ever encounter a situation similar to this?