Serious ailments require constant medical care
We've spent the past week going back and forth to the hospital to visit my 93 year old father-in-law. He is not like most elderly people. He went to the hospital with all his documentation in hand. During the admitting interview, they ask who managed his health records. His children told the interviewer that he did. He knows every medication that is prescribed for him, the purpose and most interactions with them. Every time he speaks bluntly, telling them which ones he can forego and which ones he must have. They have their rules to guide their care. Their rules often clash with his common sense and the debate ensues. I witnessed one example last evening. They give evening pills at 9:00, he felt he needed a certain one earlier. He was getting agitated so we asked and they said they would comply. We bought a Sprite for him, which seemed to calm him somewhat, but it was still 9:00 before he got the pill he had requested. As I mentioned, he is 93. Who wants to agitate a 93 year old man who does not feel well?
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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