Mom's anemia improved but more than likely is again in decline according to her recent lab work earlier this week. This means she will have to maintain or decline in health and this past week she took a turn and has been extremely weak.
I was looking for placement originally only if she didn't have her mental faculties, and then considered it out of frustration because there is no one but myself and I'm tired. Now her primary doctor, who insensitively mentions more than needed that mom is 96, has said she will consider hospice at home. But without a diagnosis other than the anemia, is that sufficient?
Her doctor didn't order labs last April when I noted a change in mom and by my second request in October we found mom was severely anemic. She didn't count on mom agreeing to a transfusion which did happen in ER, and now doc is saying it won't happen again. Meaning what? That mom can't have an iron shot or infusion if needed? Another doctor from the office answer a call after hours and ordered another lab for B12/folate. Mom's pcp didn't address the results showing an elevated b12. The anemia and elevated b12 may point to cancer.
Should I push for further evaluation or maintain this status quo without hospice. Or is the doctor suggesting letting my mom's anemia decline naturally. I think I need to speak with a hospice provider. Sorry for the muddled stream of thought. I'm on the border of a likely flu and another somber outcome.