So, anyone who knows me knows all about what’s been going on lately with my grandmother. It’s been a roller coaster during the past 3 months, but this woman is now 91, and is fighting on. We originally thought that getting her out of the hospital would be a blessing, to get her into a nursing home was our goal for the month that she was in the hospital with gastrointestinal problems.
Fast forward two months, and our main concern is getting her the hell out of that nursing home, and into a more caring one, or back home with a nurse on duty during the day.
We thought everything had been going well, and it was for the first two weeks. Then we got a call that she had been dropped by a nurse and had gashes on her legs. She assured us that it was an accident, and didn’t want us to make a fuss over it, so we didn’t. Next, my mother got a phone call that she was being kicked out of the nursing home for being ‘noncompliant’ in therapy. It was further explained that she wasn’t cooperating because she was scared to do some of the things she was asked to do, and instead of being helped through those fears, they decided it would be easier to kick her out. Reluctantly, they agreed to let her stay until the 13th of March.
When visiting her tonight, the nurse asked me to help my grandma into bed, since I had done it before. I agreed, and while helping her, I got to see first hand what horrible shape she is in. One of her ankles is swollen because of tightly bound medical tape (because of the gash on her leg), and she’s beginning to get a rash on her back.
The only amazing nurse in that place is Grace, who treats my grandmother with the love, care, and respect that my grandmother deserves. We are so thankful that Grace is there most days, and we miss her so much on her days off.
I just can’t believe that working with her so closely on a daily basis, that no one would notice these issues. She’s never seen the doctor who supposedly checks in with residents on a weekly basis. It’s a horribly neglectful place, and I can’t wait to get her the hell out of there.