Mom's In Hospital2>
Less than a month ago Mom was still walking pretty good albeit with a walker. Today she is in hospital in the stroke ward unable to get those legs to carry her very far. Before she fell last week she was doing exercises daily and going up and down the stairs preparing herself for our January trip to Calgary. She was really looking forward to it and I use it now to encourage her to get up and try walking.
None of the doctors know for sure what brought this on exactly, it could be her congestive heart failure or a mini stroke but until they do more tests they wont really know, in fact they may never know for sure.
I hope that none of you ever have to spend any time in a hospital in Ontario, let me tell you it's not pleasant. The nurses attitudes have changed dramatically in the last few years and their actually quite snarky. Elderly patients lives don't mean much. An example, the lady in the next bed was unable to eat (couldn't swallow due to a stroke) and the daughter insisted on a feeding tube. She was told that maybe since her mother was 83 she should just "let her go". Somehow I didn't think that was the hospitals decision to make. Twice today Mom needed to go to the bathroom and both times waited more than 30 minutes for assistance from a Nursing Assistant. Nurses no longer do that kind of thing apparently and there is one NA for 30 patients all elderly and stroke sufferers. This is of course all blamed on cutbacks from the same government who instituted a new health tax over a year ago and collects billions. Of course that money goes into general revenue and instead of hospitals improving their actually getting worse. But the thing that really really got my goat tonight. We have a family friend, who is Filipino and when she came to visit this evening as the NA was helping my Mom, she asked Mila was she here to take care of Mom. Both Mila and I looked at her with amazement and said no, she was a friend visiting. Does being Filipino automatically make you a health care provider? Mila said she was actually asked the same question the previous evening when I wasn't there. I think I have to straighten that out very quickly, I find it insulting.