My 85 year old mom has been here 17 months. She has neuropathy which affects her blood pressure upon sitting/standing which causes dizziness and also can result in passing out. It is imperative that she stays hydrated but she refuses to drink. She is also on Coumadin which complicates her fall risk. She has been hospitalized twice since being here. Once because she fell out of her chair lift because she was refusing to put the seat belt on ("I don't need that") she broke her hip and left shoulder as a result of this fall. While there, she was diagnosed with another UTI and dehydration. About a month ago I found her unconscious (I thought she was dead) and called the ambulance and again she was dehydrated and had the stupid UTI back (she had just been treated for that a month prior).
She knows (and has been told by Drs.) that it is imperative that she drink. That upon standing she is supposed to do a 15 count her head before moving to walk (she doesn't do that either). I've tried putting a measuring cup out on the counter with water in it so she can self monitor. That worked for about 4 days after she was out of the hospital. When I say, "mom... you are not drinking enough", she says, "yes I am, I'm drinking in my room (bottled water), what do you think I am stupid"?!
Well, yesterday, she had another passing out spell... she hit the deck in the kitchen, she gave her head a good bang and had a cut on her forehead - nothing broken (thank God). But living with the constant anticipation 24/7 of whether or not she is going to really hurt herself is starting to get to me. Especially since she refuses to do what she is supposed to do. I'm at my wits end! How do you deal with a bullhead???