It’s been two weeks since Mom came into the ER. It’s been 11 1/2 days since Mom was put on Comfort Care and we’re still here. We never thought she’d still be with us this long. We were expecting a day or two.
I’m getting an education on how hospitals work, ICU, PCU, ER, code Gray, Code Blue, medicines, etc. It’s been enlightening. Mom’s comfort care means no medical treatment, other than to make her comfortable. She’s currently receiving the following medications for comfort:
Morphine – started at 5 ml/hr, but gradually raised up over time to the current 28 ml/hr (that’s a very, very high dose), helps dilate blood vessels and make it easier for her lungs, and makes sure she doesn’t feel any pain.
Ativan – a sedative and anti-anxiety drug helps reduce tremors and seizures.
Levsin – pill under tongue to reduce secretions in the throat and respiratory tract.
Scopolamine Patch – patch behind ear to reduce respiratory tract secretions. The same type of patch is used frequently for motion sickness.
The nursing staff here is just so excellent. We’ve made many new friends here. We can’t thank them enough.
Mom’s siblings visited again today. Thank you for your continued prayers and thoughts.