Not so good update
Mother called on Monday AM to say that she had a lot of pain. More lower back pain. We decided to have her meals delivered (two months ago when she strained a muscle in her lower back, she didn't tell anyone because I was gone for the weekend and didn't eat for two days, stubborn lady!) for a few days and see if it's another strain, it will get better.
It did not get better.
Weds we saw he doctor, and I could barely get Mother in and out of my car and a wheel chair. We did more xrays, to compare to the ones done two months ago, to look for new compression fractures. Because I expressd a concern about pain mediations making her too unsteady, the doc (new one, regular doc is on vacation for a couple of weeks, but we like this fellow a lot) gave her Celebrexx for now.
Thursday AM she was in terrible pain, and after I got her back to bed at about 11 AM, I consulted with the staff of her home. This is a blended "age-in-place" apartment community with 75% of the people all independant, maybe 40 people on assisted living. Aside from getting wheelchair escort down to the dining room two months ago, Mother has been independant.
But we started her on full AL Thursday evening. She was very upset that they took all her meds away, to be administered by the staff. Mother has been perfect about taking her meds (mild BP meds, baby aspirin, Actonel and Miacalcin, now adding the Celebrexx and Lexapro which she had refused to take a month ago--but that's another story--- she's taking it now).
Thurs AM if I had needed to get her to the doctor, I could not have managed her. She would have required ambulance transit. But Thurs afternoon, she was far better.
Friday AM was good. Friday evening when we talked at 9 AM, she said she was in pain.
This morning, we'll see how she is.
Oh, the xrays do show two new compression fractures in her lower spine, and we are waiting to hear about an appt for an MRI.
COuple all this with the fact that she's lost stll more weight. 82 pounds fully dressed on Weds, down from 88 4 months ago, and down 4 pounds in the last month. So the doctor suspects something else is going on.
Wish me luck----if she's in a lot more pain this morning when I get over there, I'll talk to the staff and call the doctor. Or get her directly to the hospital. I am very concerned about heavier pain medication because she is barely steady as it is.
Thanks for letting me talk. It's been a long week, lots of hours over at her apartment. But a friend called Friday and said she was taking her visiting granddaughter to see Herbie Fully Loade, and would I like to go, too? Heck yes... a couple of hours of escapism!