The Latest On Annie
May 17, 2011 7:16am CST
Remember Annie from last year? Mum's 90-odd year old friend? Well, she had fallen at home and went into a rehabilitation unit for about 6 weeks as she fractured her wrist and damaged the base of her spine. Eventually, her home was modified so she could go back there. This is what Annie wanted as she loves her house. There was no way she could go upstairs so her bed was her new settee, in effect. Now, she had a Care Plan that she paid for. Annie is extremely independent so doesn't like "strangers" in her house. Indeed, not even her nearest and dearest are allowed to wash her. She said she would do this herself, hence the infrequent visits of her Carers. Jill (her grand-daughter and my cousin) has been seeing to her shopping needs and keeping her company the last few days and noticed that Annie's legs are in a bad way. In fact, her legs are very poorly. Jill insisted she call an ambulance. At first Annie said "no" but Jill stood firm and told her she didn't have a choice in the matter as she was concerned for her well-being. It turns out Annie has Scabies. Mum is mortified as Annie is very proud of the way she looks and cleanliness (both her body and her home) are extremely important to her. All we can think of is that she told the Care Planners that she could wash herself and it was unnecessary for them to come round...and she hasn't been able to, despite telling them she had no problems doing so. We find it so sad that a lady who did all her cleaning, washing..everything herself (she only needed assistance regarding lifts to the supermarket) has gone into the one place she DIDN'T want to go to...hospital. No doubt Mum will give me the latest news when I ring her tonight. Is Scabies a serious condition? Can it be treated successfully? By the way, if I'd been Jill I would've rang the hospital too..would you?
• United States
18 May 11
Awwh this is sad that she fell and was hurt, I do more are available to help her during her recovery and also that perhaps she needs some guided assistance here forth. I am sure she is not happy because no one wants to be dependent on anyone. As for the scabbies, I remember someone saying it was due some bites and it becomes a bit of a bad skin condition. I hope they give her something for it because it might driving her a bit mad if she is itchy. Poor lady that with the fall and scabbies has to be so uncomfortable.
• Garden Grove, California
18 May 11
hi janey scabies is caused be mites that burrow under the skin and can be trearted, at least that is what mylot search engines articles said. I had always thought it was caused be lack of vitamin c and I su re cannot find anything that says its caused by uncleanliness as it the diease makes the skin bumpy.Anyway it says it can be treated successfully I still think its causedd by lack of vitamin c and am gong to do a bit more research.i am sure that sweet lady was not at all dirty as that I know is not what causes scabies. willbe back. hugs from hatley
• Carlisle, England
17 May 11
I would think her immune system is rather weak at the moment from what Mum told me the other day. Jill reckons Annie could be depressed, which is understandable as she is frustrated at not being able to do things anymore. Her mind is bright but this latest setback may depress her further. She got a bit neglected by staff at the rehabilitation centre last year so I'm hoping the staff on the hospital ward treat her with the dignity and respect she deserves. No-one likes being in hospital, no matter how old they are. Poor Annie. I hope she doesn't give up.