Thursday, January 12, 2006

Heading Off to Work

Yesterday I woke up, as I had for several days, with a sinus headache. This time when I blew my nose a lot of blood came out. I went to work but left early and went to see the internist who fixed me up with two scripts. My eyes are still bothering me but I must go to work today since I only worked half a day yesterday. Tax time and lots of things that need doing to get all our paperwork to the accountant.

When I arrived home from the doctor with the prescriptions I got a call from my mother. My grandmother was thoroughly confused about her medications. It seems the one she was supposed to be taking twice a day, was being taken at the same time. When my mother tried to correct her, she went to pieces. It is so very difficult to see someone you went to for strength, guidance and support fall apart. She is 93. I expect her to have problems but it's worrisome to me that she is on several medicines to help her heart and she is confused about what and when to take them. I made a calendar for her using codes. I know that she should not be living alone. Her daughter that lives in the area with her works and has her own health issues to deal with. My mother doesn't work and I think that's where she should be living. My mother has offered but frankly, she can barely cope with my father and his medical issues. Still, I think it would be better for my grandmother. You cannot force people to do what's best for them though. You can only make suggestions and then leave it to others. It's just sad to know that she is compromising some things in order to remain independently in her own home that she has lived in for about seventy years. I understand the comfort of it for her. When I was in the hospital I was so eager to get home. I had only lived here two years. Home is where the heart is. The heart wants to be home.

Time to give the animals one final treat and fresh water and then off to work. Tomorrow is Friday and that means the weekend. This is one of the weekends that I won't be working on Saturday so I am really looking forward to it. Have a great one!

2 comments:

IndigoSunMoon said...

Aw...that is so sad Nelle. I hope you all can figure out a way for her to get her meds taken, that isn't quite so stressful for her.
Bless her heart.
Love you,
Connie

Patrick said...

You cannot force people to do what's best for them though.

Sad but true.

Hopefully your code will work well for her. I know that they make those pill dispensers that you can load up to a week (or maybe even a month) in advance so that all she'd have to do was take the pills in that day's compartment.

If she's determined to live on her own and not leave her home -- and I certainly couldn't blame her for that -- then maybe that might be something to consider that could help.

And as for your sinus troubles, I feel for you there. I've been battling a cold/sinus situation for about a week now. I'm really ready for it to be gone! Is there such a thing as a sinus-ectomy?!?