Hi all, I brought my Mom (93 with vascular dementia) to see her doctor today and I typed an update to her condition. My Mom is mostly staying in bed and doesn't want to play cards with her sister (my Aunt) because of her chronic headaches. She also doesn't watch TV like she used to (again the headaches).
Her walk changed about 2 weeks ago from a normal walk to shuffling (tiny steps). I have brought her to many different doctors for her headaches including a neurologist who tried different medication and did an EEG. She has been in the ER twice for headaches where they did a CT-Scan and MRI. No one knows the cause.
The doctor prescribed a narcotic for her today (something I asked him for last October but he refused) to see it helps her headaches and if it does perhaps she would be more interested in activities.
He did suggest that I think about hospice for her. I know she is getting worse, she fell down twice in 1 week, is very confused, etc. I guess her dementia really progressed.
From what I read about hospice the patient they work with is supposed to live for 6 months? How do I know my Mom has 6 months? I don't.
Right now I am very confused about what to do. Wait to see if this new medication helps her headaches and if her attitude changes? She is very depressed and I think she would like to go. But I don't know if she didn't feel so much pain (headaches) if she would feel the same way.
Sorry for rambling as I am upset right now. I love my Mom so much and the thought of hospice is very upsetting.
Thanks for any insight,