What do do for the best?

Rodelinda

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Jun 15, 2015
172
Suffolk
Short version. Booked 2 weeks' respite for my mother (90, vascular dementia) so we could have a break (we're exhausted by being awake/alert 24/7). We also booked 4 days away - my OH is retiring and is giving some final lectures/seminars (in the UK) and I'm going along. Care home 1 couldn't cope as mother agressive, wandery and felt they couldn't keep her safe; care home 2 (dementia specialist) also couldn't cope after 2 nights as v agressive (including hitting staff and causing injury), 8 falls in two nights and cut herself in several places, and seems to have UTI. Dementia team managed with GP to get her admitted to hospital - so far (in 28 hours) been in A&E and two wards and about to go to another (I won't moan about the lost walking frame and hearing aid!). No diagnosis yet and she is v confused. So far of our 14 days respite I've spent the first 5 still on the ceiling with worry and having to deal with the various challenges albeit not without support.

Dementia team adamant that we shouldn't have her back home and that they will find her somewhere that will take her, agression and all. They're also clear that we need our break and should not cancel.

My problem. We are booked on a train at 10am Sunday, away until 9pm Wednesday. Dementia team not around over the weekend. Can I, in all honesty, assuming my mother is no worse tomorrow when I go to see her, just leave her in hospital and say that they need to talk to the dementia team when they want to discharge her? It feels callous and uncaring of me but we really need a few days break and I know she is in a safe place and will be looked after. I'll be on the end of the phone and would be able to get back within half a day if necessary. Am I a dreadful daughter even thinking of this? Am I abandoning my mother when she needs me? What's worse is that I don't think I can cope with her coming back here and would certainly want to know that this agressive behaviour is not going to be the norm - she doesn't half pack a punch with her walking stick! I'm not asking for validation just thoughts.
 

ellejay

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Jan 28, 2011
4,018
Essex
My thoughts are...GO!

Bottom line is, if you collapse under this, someone else will have to sort it anyway.

You are a daughter, not a miracle worker or superwoman who can run on fumes.

You need to go, with your husband.

You can't fix everything.

Please give yourself a break

Lin x
 

jugglingmum

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Jan 5, 2014
5,519
Chester
Go - as you said - she is in a safe place - they aren't going to send her anywhere that isn't safe

And you are not a bad daughter, you need the break to keep on looking after her
 

Hair Twiddler

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Aug 14, 2012
892
Middle England
You should go.
I'm sure that a little time will allow you the opportunity to relax your body and mind and see the situation mum, you and your husband are in with a new perspective. As others have said, mum will be in a safe place and much as you dearly want to you can't fix all mum's issues by yourself.
Thinking of you.
 

Beetroot

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Aug 19, 2015
362
It's difficult - intellectually, I am sure you know you should go; emotionally, it's hard. The dementia team are looking out for her so in effect you'd be leaving her for Sunday only, not for the full five days. She is safe as she can be and nothing terrible can happen that wouldn't happen even if you were home.

I hope you enjoy the break and come back rested and refreshed.
 

Rodelinda

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Jun 15, 2015
172
Suffolk
Thank you - and a rather surprising update

Final update on this thread. Kept in touch with hospital while away; went in to see my mother on return. Talked to consultant that day. She had significantly deteriorated since being admitted, had pulled out her canula, was not eating or drinking, was confused and restless, wasn't talking or responding to touch. She was very disturbed, especially at night, and in the first few days had been agressive and continually trying to get out of bed and falling. The consultant and nurses were very kind and caring and decision was that she was now on end of life care. Now on fast track discharge for NHS funded continuing health care which should be agreed tomorrow and then to a nursing home as she needs continual nursing care. It's now 5 days since my return and there's no improvement. As she was moved to a different ward last night I've seen another consultant today who confirms that she is in the very last and severe stage of vascular dementia and they are doing all they can to make her comfortable. It's a bit of a shock to say the least. So thanks all for your support over this - I appreciated what you said and also heard it from the professionals. Just sad that this has happened so suddenly. Sue
 

HillyBilly

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Dec 21, 2015
1,947
Ireland
Sorry to read of what you're going though, and your mother of course. I hope that your mother gets the care she needs to see her through peacefully and that you all can find the strength to get though this difficult time x
 

canary

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Feb 25, 2014
11,342
South coast
Im glad that you took your break, but sad that your mum has reached this stage.
We will hold your virtual hand through it.
((((hugs))))
 

Rodelinda

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Jun 15, 2015
172
Suffolk
The very final stage to this saga

The final act in this thread is for me to report that my mother died yesterday evening. She is now at peace and I am grateful that she did not have to suffer for long all the indignities and hurt that so many of you report for your loved ones. I'm a bit shocked at the speed of it - 4 weeks ago we celebrated her 90th birthday with a family party at which she enjoyed her food, drank some wine and gave a short thank you speech. I'm so glad we have good memories of that evening with almost all the close family together. I'm feeling sad and tearful, a bit numb and very tired but also a bit relieved in all sorts of ways. Thanks all for listening
 

CeliaW

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Jan 29, 2009
5,643
Hampshire
So sorry to read this, the speed of it all brings it's own problems but so glad you have those precious memories of her birthday party. Take good care of yourself xx
 

Izzy

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Aug 31, 2003
60,504
Dundee
I'm sorry to read your news but glad that your mum is at peace now. Sending my condolences.
 

Amy in the US

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Feb 28, 2015
4,619
USA
Rodelinda, I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. Please accept my condolences on the death of your mother. I will be thinking of you and your family.