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Old 03-31-2013, 12:55 AM   #11
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VD,

Good luck with your struggles. I had my mom set up to succeed, until some "do gooders" intervened without knowing the entire situation and made things mucho mucho worse.

We are starting to go through a similar situation with my in-laws



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Well, mom had her hip replaced. She is out of surgery and everything went well, sleeping off the anesthesia. I'll go back and see her tomorrow.
Happy Easter all.


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Best wishes to your Mom for a fast recovery from her hip injury.
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Well, mom had her hip replaced. She is out of surgery and everything went well, sleeping off the anesthesia. I'll go back and see her tomorrow.
Happy Easter all.
She'll be up and walking in just a few days. I'm not kidding. I'm glad it went well.
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I'm not going there with him at all. That's why I bring it up here. And it was the door that caused the fall, he even said so. It is one of those double-door sets that was installed incorrectly before they bought the house. In preparation for moving mom in I kept insisting that they fix the door or replace it as required. One of the problems is that the door handle on the primary door does not fasten to the axle properly, so it slips off sometimes. Combine this with the fact that the door is not properly hung so you have to pull the handle to slam it shut or it won't latch, and the damned handle falls off in your hand. That is what happened to her and she fell as a result.

The other issue (though not a contributing factor in any way) is that you cannot lock this door. It is a door to the deck, which has access to the ground floor. Anybody can just walk into the house. And they have 4 kids 17 and under, one of whom is a beautiful young girl. I cannot for the life of me understand how they can ignore a door that does not lock.
Viking I did not intend to stick my nose where it doesn't belong, it was just that in grandmas case there were hard feelings and accusations among my dad and uncles that turned out to be unwarranted and really can't be taken back now.

I hope she gets well soon, and push her to follow the physical therapists instructions to the letter. I did this last fall and my shoulder has way more motion than it did before I fell on it.
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No worries F4U.

Update: I went over this morning and stayed most of the day (got home around 4:00). She ate a bit for lunch at my urging, but wouldn't have eaten had she not been urged to as she has no appetite yet. PT and OT came by and got her to sort of stand with a walker, but she did not take any steps. Perhaps tomorrow. She is still pretty disoriented from the anesthesia, I have to remind her where she is and why she is there every time she wakes up but that isn't too unusual. Tough to go through though. I hope she can't tell that it is difficult on me.

I work tomorrow so I won't get over there until after work.

My brother stopped by with his family after church. They stayed maybe 10 minutes. He said he will stop by this evening around 8:00. Not sure if he normally does hospital rounds on Sunday nights or not so maybe he is making a special trip.
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I wish her the best friend..... Unfortunately (esp. for women) the older we age the odds increase for this type of injury to occur. Even standing and taking a slight mis-step can cause one....

Make sure the Doctor makes you aware of the complication that can arise from the repair and healing. She will need a lot of personal care and rehab.
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They've got hip surgeries pretty well figured out. The problem that occurs is that a seniorís ability to recuperate has become slower than the debilitating effects of hospitalization and inactivity. Then you get a falling domino effect and they never make it out of rehab and they become permanent NH residents.

Get her up and moving asap, even if it's just a little bit at a time, frequently. Make it measurable; two steps, four steps, six steps, cartwheels, etc. The movement is necessary to help her shake off the anesthesia, which will take some time to work its way out of her system. At first it may be a good idea to medicate her half an hour or so before she goes dancing in the hall to reduce the pain, but not so much that she becomes nauseous, dizzy, or loopy.

And check that all the tripping & falling hazards have been removed from her house. No small rugs, extension cords, and other stuff stacked on or running across the floors.
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They've got hip surgeries pretty well figured out. The problem that occurs is that a seniorís ability to recuperate has become slower than the debilitating effects of hospitalization and inactivity. Then you get a falling domino effect and they never make it out of rehab and they become permanent NH residents.

Get her up and moving asap, even if it's just a little bit at a time, frequently. Make it measurable; two steps, four steps, six steps, cartwheels, etc. The movement is necessary to help her shake off the anesthesia, which will take some time to work its way out of her system. At first it may be a good idea to medicate her half an hour or so before she goes dancing in the hall to reduce the pain, but not so much that she becomes nauseous, dizzy, or loopy.

And check that all the tripping & falling hazards have been removed from her house. No small rugs, extension cords, and other stuff stacked on or running across the floors.
Thanks Vincene. All good advice. I have been through elderly care (including a knee replacement) with my in-laws- both of whom are deceased a few years ago. With mom we moved her to my brothers a last spring, before which we prepped the place knowing it would be better to get it done before she moved.

All but that damned door that contributed to this fall and my brother insisted that it was not an issue.
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Best wishes to your Mom her recovery!

A sympathetic Kiss My Butt to the "don't intrude" crap . She's your mother; if your brother didn't want you intruding to visit her, he shouldn't have had her move in. Maybe you could get her some easy-care wind chimes and such instead of plants.

As to the door, if it isn't repaired by the time she comes home, maybe you could lend a hand. Maybe you could add one of those gas piston things that closes the door for her. (the accountant part of me wonders what a door repair costs vs. the cost of a hip repair, just the monetary cost, sorry.)


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