January 25, 2016

Friendship Village

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Unfortunately the transition home didn't go as smoothly as we'd hoped. The pain meds that the hospital was administering & doing their best to regulate weren't the meds we got sent home with. Somewhere between the hospice admittance & the hospital discharge there was a breakdown in communication. We went home with new meds, different doses & no idea how or when to give them to my mom. She's either been in a lot of pain or extremely confused and disoriented and we were honestly worried about leaving her alone for any amount of time. So we made the hard call late last night to hospice & arranged for her to go inpatient for what will hopefully only be a few days. The goal here is to get her pain managed and find a good balance that lets her be as pain free as possible while still lucid and maintaining some quality of life while under medical supervision. We had some trouble finding a bed available but we were finally able to & brought her to Friendship Village in Tempe this morning. Everyone here is so kind and gentle and I really can't say enough good things about these lovely nurses (shoutout to all you nurses - you've got the toughest job & I admire you) who even in the past two hours that we've been here have taken the time to comfort, listen, and help us in any way they can. She's resting and seems peaceful now but has been battling nausea, discomfort and anxiety over the past couple days. We are truly hopeful that transitioning here in hospice will allow us to learn and be better caregivers as well as give her body time to adjust to these heavy meds. Thank you all for your continued prayers, grateful doesn't quite cover it but there aren't adequate words so "thank you" will have to do for now. 

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