Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Sunday, November 25, 2007

When To Tell...

I talked to one of the nurses at St. Elizabeth Hospital where my father, Walter, is being treated. He experienced some complications today - fortunately his nurse says they have things under control. After the surgery a tube was placed in Walter's stomach, via the nasal passages, to continuously drain his stomach. Today, the doctor felt it necessary to remove the tube in order to eliminate some of the pain Walter was in and to help lower his blood pressure. Apparently, Walter's blood pressure had risen as a result of the stress from being in constant pain. As of this evening, he had improved tremendously.

Walter has been hospitalized since the 17th of November. Initially I wanted to wait to tell Muddear until he was close to coming home. I feared increasing her anxiety and causing Muddear to become unnecessarily afraid.

However, I now question my decision. How long is too long and what if something happens to Walter? Am I wrong for waiting to tell Muddear?


Glorious Hats said...

Oh dear, sometimes there are no right answers. Either path painful. This may be one of those times for you. You can only do your best and follow your heart and head, trust in your own good sense and love for Walter and Muddear and how you sense she will respond. Sending you good thoughts and good energy. Hugs, Jane

Nikki said...

Thanks Jane. It is now time to tell Muddear what is going on with Walter. Please keep us in your prayers.