This is the second time this has happened . . . Mom (in assisted living with vascular dementia) digs her heels in and refuses to take her morning meds, some of which are important (prednisone, blood pressure, heart). The nurses can't take my say-so to "just skip them for today" without orders from all of her doctors. The more I try (over the phone) to reason and cajole her, the more upset she gets. This has only happened twice, but as she goes downhill, I guess it will happen more. This can't be an unusual situation: what do assisted-living places do when people refuse their pills? I'd hate to see her hospitalized just to get meds into her. Today I suggested, "just let her go out for a walk, take a nap, and one hopes in a few hours she'll get over her 'spell,' forget all about it and take the damn pills." Oy. I need some pastry. I'm off to the local bakery to throw myself face-forward into an eclair.