Sunday, July 03, 2005


I'm convinced that they sent Joe home way too early. We're having the same trouble with him now, that we were having last week: he won't eat or drink enough fluids. At least in the hospital, they could put him on IV and force the fluids but here at home, he just won't drink enough.

This afternoon, he promised me that he'd get up and out of bed and try to move around with the walker but when the time came to do it, he refused. I got very upset and actually cried in front of him. If he isn't able to get in and out of bed on his steam (with the walker) and back and forth to the washroom unassisted, he's going to have to go on the "crisis placement" list for a room in a nursing home. We discussed this while he was still in the hospital. More and more, Mark and I feel that it's not safe for him to be here, not while he's this weak anyway. I'd hoped, when he was at the hospital, that they would admit him for a few days, help him get a little stronger and then he could come home. Unfortunately, the hospital wouldn't admit because, technically, he's not "sick." That's where the nursing home option comes in.

Apparently, in our area (and I'm sure it's like this across the province), a certain number of "crisis placement" beds have to be kept available at all times for folks who are in Joe's situation. Once you're in one, you can be there for as much time as you need, it could be 2 weeks or 2 years. Hopefully, tomorrow he'll feel better and we'll not have to go that route. He will be having some visitors to the house this week, assessing him for physio and stuff so, if we can get through this week without another trip to the hospital, maybe things will get back to normal around here.

So, other than worrying about Joe, we've not been up to much today. Thank goodness we're booked off tomorrow, I'm planning on sleeping in!

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