Mom is 91, almost 2 years post stroke post hip fracture repair. She has aphasia, vascular dementia and chf. She had pneumonia and pleural effusion several times last year. In the Fall, she fell at the NH and her pleural effusion was tapped in the ER. There was a pocket of bacteria that blossomed into sepsis; she was in bed for 5 days. Prior to this, she had been managing with a walker.
Despite huge efforts by mom, pt and ot, they could not get her walking again, so she's wheelchair bound, but assists well with transfers. At our regular care meeting yesterday, my brother and sister in law wanted to know if PT can start to try to get mom walking again. I'm feeling torn between feeling like a miserable daughter for not asking this and feeling like they are not get in the bigger picture, that mom's muscles atrophied and developed contractures in the hospital that are not going to get reversed.
So mostly I just feel miserable and bad that it's fine with me that mom's in a wheelchair, because it means she won't fall again. Any thoughts, folks?