Diary Friday 20th May 2016

Photo taken by me – my 2016 diary
Preston, England
May 20, 2016 7:48pm CST
After a long job search I had my longest visit to my mum’s hospital bed-side to date, spending most of the afternoon and early evening there. She was quite chatty today but she had a terrible night, struggling to breath and at some point falling over trying to get up to go to the toilet despite being instructed to use bedpans – she is wired to many monitoring devises and drip feeds and occasionally even a dialysis machine. A patient from another bed died. We shared time in the waiting room for visitors with some of his relatives. Another patient was very aggressive in his hallucinatory rage, shouting randomly that he wanted to go home right away. My mum was asleep when we left the hospital about 8pm. Hopefully she will have a peaceful night’s rest this time. Arthur Chappell
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@trivia79 (7943)
• El Segundo, California
21 May 16
what happened to your mom? why is she in the hospital?
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• Preston, England
21 May 16
@trivia79 she had a severe heart attack in March, and last weekend her medications on top of not eating enough food caused her kidneys to shut down so she is now back in hospital in intensive care heavily dependent on machines until her body recovers enough to let her come home - it is very dangerous for her
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@trivia79 (7943)
• El Segundo, California
23 May 16
@arthurchappell whoa! i'm sorry to hear that! hope she will get fine sooner
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@MGjhaud (20802)
• Philippines
21 May 16
ive seen those during my time in the hospital. it upset me, i hope it wont affect your mom. if she doesnt like bedpan, can she not wear an adult diaper?
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@Susan2015 (18758)
• United States
21 May 16
Hope that she does get a better nights sleep.
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@jaboUK (50778)
• United Kingdom
21 May 16
That's the awful thing about hospitals - people die, and others scream and shout.
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@Jessicalynnt (48191)
• Centralia, Missouri
22 May 16
or calls for help to use the restroom if she refuses to use the pan
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• Preston, England
22 May 16
she is too unsteady on her feet to make the journey to the restroom and too hooked up on drips, monitors and sometimes dialysis machines too
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• Centralia, Missouri
22 May 16
@arthurchappell then yeah, she had best stay put, they may have to put a movement monitor on er so an alarm goes off as she tries to get out of bed
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• Preston, England
22 May 16
@Jessicalynnt she is alarmed up - it triggers if her blood pressure, heart beat, temperature etc changes too much
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@Jackalyn (6669)
• Oxford, England
22 May 16
I hate it when people go into hospital and the other patients behaviour or circumstancds affect them. So hard to deal with on top.of caring for your own loved one.
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• Preston, England
22 May 16
very true and the other patients obviously have needs too of course
@bluesa (12836)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
21 May 16
@arthurchappell , hospitals can really be awful places. I hope your Mom will recover soon and be able to go home.
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• Preston, England
21 May 16
@bluesa estimates vary but it could be a month before she is well enough to leave the hospital at present
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22 May 16
Oh, bless her. Hospitals are horrid places to spend time. How can you get better when people are dying and going crazy around you? Hope her body recovers quickly so she can go home.
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@Fleura (6229)
• United Kingdom
21 May 16
I hope she has a peaceful time. Hospital is not always the most restful place!
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