where's my good news?
I keep saying this idea of bringing Ray back home is do-able but now not so do-able as I'd hoped.
I just went into Gosford Hospital for what was supposed to be an evaluation interview. Only the doctor turned up to it in the social workers office. I took Edie with me as my back-up as Trev has a really nasty dose of flu so we told him "bedrest and warm drinks" and left him at home.
The doctor was a young Asian woman and really explained Ray's conditions well. Unfortunately he now has two new diagnoses pertaining to the heart, Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter and he is on warfarin for that. He also has hypos at night so his diabetes is now considered unstable. He still needs two person assist for walking and is now getting weaker rather than stronger.
I wanted to ask if there was any good news.
Apart from that the plan is still to bring him home, he can die here cheaper than at hospital. But with all of this he still has his pink cheeks and his blue eyes and looks well...
The social worker is really trying to get a plan into place for me. She said when he is transferred back to XXX hospital for his continued slow stream rehab she will send a set plan with him and they will have to stick to that. Excuse me being cynical but she does expect a lot...sweet little thing that she is, fresh out of her training and so sure of her view of the world. She must have caught my look because she said; "I know all this sounds a little Pollyanna...". Isn't it a shame we can't get all the help we so desperately need?
Edie asked a couple of sensible questions, she will report all she heard back to Trevor so he is in the loop too. We went back and sat next to Ray in the hope that the OT would meet up with us there but she didn't show up. They are understaffed and I guess she might have been covering for someone else.
Ray was obviously sat down in his chair to wait for us and was busy falling asleep. I prodded and poked him to keep him awake. Eddie laughed when I laid my hand on his arm and he jumped. He looked very tired. I did re-iterate what we had been told in simple terms but assured him he would be coming home again. I think in the end that is our only plan. I have also been told there will be a falls prevention program for us as well. This should include some instructions on lifting, maybe the suggestion I hire a lifter and some ideas on how to use the furniture to get him up. I did one years ago but a refresher would be welcome.
In the interview we also touched on getting the diabetic educator back in the picture and some more in-home physiotherapy. Of course the staff in the other hospital will have to sign off on that too.At this stage I will take any help I can get, this is the only way I will manage. The saying :"many hands make light work" comes to mind.