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Don't think I'll get much sleep tonight

Lancashirelady

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Oct 7, 2014
110
My dear old mum has had good mobility - gets about with a walking stick - up to the last week, when she started having dizzy spells. This morning the CH staff found her on the floor beside her bed - cue a trip to hospital and the dreaded diagnosis of a broken hip. She's due to go for surgery tomorrow. I can't fault the medical care today; she's on a ward specialising in the elderly with broken hips and she's been seen by both the consultant orthopaedic surgeon and the geriatric consultant. They are confident that providing she gets through the op they can get her back to her previous level of mobility. It's getting through the op that is the problem. Mum apparently is bradycardic and has a slight chest infection, which stack the odds against her but there seems to be no choice if she is to have any quality of life. When I left I told her I'd see her tomorrow but I can't help thinking I might never actually see her again.
 

yak55

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Jun 15, 2015
616
My dear old mum has had good mobility - gets about with a walking stick - up to the last week, when she started having dizzy spells. This morning the CH staff found her on the floor beside her bed - cue a trip to hospital and the dreaded diagnosis of a broken hip. She's due to go for surgery tomorrow. I can't fault the medical care today; she's on a ward specialising in the elderly with broken hips and she's been seen by both the consultant orthopaedic surgeon and the geriatric consultant. They are confident that providing she gets through the op they can get her back to her previous level of mobility. It's getting through the op that is the problem. Mum apparently is bradycardic and has a slight chest infection, which stack the odds against her but there seems to be no choice if she is to have any quality of life. When I left I told her I'd see her tomorrow but I can't help thinking I might never actually see her again.
Thinking of you x
 

DollyBird16

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Sep 5, 2017
1,186
Greater London
My dear old mum has had good mobility - gets about with a walking stick - up to the last week, when she started having dizzy spells. This morning the CH staff found her on the floor beside her bed - cue a trip to hospital and the dreaded diagnosis of a broken hip. She's due to go for surgery tomorrow. I can't fault the medical care today; she's on a ward specialising in the elderly with broken hips and she's been seen by both the consultant orthopaedic surgeon and the geriatric consultant. They are confident that providing she gets through the op they can get her back to her previous level of mobility. It's getting through the op that is the problem. Mum apparently is bradycardic and has a slight chest infection, which stack the odds against her but there seems to be no choice if she is to have any quality of life. When I left I told her I'd see her tomorrow but I can't help thinking I might never actually see her again.
Thinking of you and your dear Mum. X
 

Lancashirelady

Registered User
Oct 7, 2014
110
Thank you for your good wishes, people. Mum went down to theatre this morning. I'm waiting by the phone for the ward to call. My stomach is in knots.....
 

love.dad.but..

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Jan 16, 2014
4,481
Kent
I had that same knot in my stomach for my dad who had high post op risks but he came through it however you and I know that his and your mums op was essential so just to say I am thinking of you
 

Lancashirelady

Registered User
Oct 7, 2014
110
Well, Mum came through the op with no problems whatsoever despite all the predictions of doom and gloom She's obviously a tough old boot! Thank you to everyone who posted .I've spent this afternoon at the hospital trying to stop her getting out of bed and failing miserably in preventing her from pulling the cannula out of her arm from under the bedclothes. She's still a bit away with the fairies but obviously far from overcome physically. I appreciate there's still a long way to go but for now I feel so much more hopeful, at least in the short term.
 

carolynp

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Mar 4, 2018
569
Dear Lancashirelady I'm new here, and don't want to intrude, but - outweighing this feeling is the strong wish to send you my loving thoughts. I do send you my very warmest good wishes for your mother's surgery tomorrow. I hope it is some comfort to you that she is being looked after so wonderfully well, exactly the care you would wish for, and that we all hope will come our way. The specialists sound marvellous, careful and compassionate. Thinking of you. XXX
 

Lancashirelady

Registered User
Oct 7, 2014
110
Mum was a little bit better today. At least they had got rid of the cannula, though there was a suggestion that they might feed her intravenously "because she won't eat" . Rubbish. I have been there at tea time for the last 2 days and with my help she's done OK. as long as the food has been soft. Why do hospital staff persist in thinking old people can just eat something that's plonked on their table when the patient is propped up at an odd angle in bed and can barely see the food let alone manoeuver the cutlery? Or has forgotten the food is there?
 

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