She entered the hospital on a Thursday and Friday evening the Doctors told me that the Poison from the "non working" kidney had poisoned her brain,
and the kidney was not repairable. She had also entered into uncontrollable AFIB. They had administered a catheter upon arrival and the bag was
filling with dark fluid even though they were hydrating her via I.V.
She began to swell. Her breathing was becoming more labored and she began to fight the I.Vs, the aide, and me. I had the I.V. removed. She had to be
restrained and they were administering morphine every 4 hours as needed which is a tricky thing to do when you are also pushing digoxin (yes, I am
aware of the risk.). Mom’s heart rate would soar into the 180s and fall into the 30s. Her breathing would go from rapid and shallow to deep and a
minute or more would pass between breaths. He told me he believed the end was near and I should consider Hospice as THIS was not the place to die. He
felt it would be quick and I would look back and say "At least Mom didn't suffer long".
I met with him on Saturday and Sunday before I could even comprehend the situation. On Monday I met with Hospice and on Tuesday I brought her home.
When this happened I was in a fog of sorts. Struggling to keep my wits about me, do what's best for her (what I thought), and follow her living will.
Taking into consideration my 5 kids and how they would feel if Mom-Mom passed at home. Could we all handle this? Was it beyond our capabilities? Isn't
it my responsibility to care for her until the end? To never leave her side? To let her know I am here and I am doing whatever I can? To comfort her?
Didn't she do this for me? When she adopted me when she was 49? When I was so sick no one else wanted me? When I got angry and left home at 15 and
didn't speak to her for years? Am I strong enough? Is this what's really best for her? I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER!!!!! WHY WHY WHY? If
this is the end why doesn't God or whoever just take her so she and I don't have to have this experience.....I'm not going to make it, I am going to
die with her....I CAN'T DO THIS!!!!
I never left her side except to use the bathroom and smoke. My S.O. took off of work and took care of the mundane household stuff that needed to be
done no matter what was happening behind her closed bedroom door. I was never told she could not eat or drink if she was able to do so but, it can
have negative effects, I never withheld water until Mom refused it. I administered the very low dose of morphine every four hours (not PRN) as she had
been prescribed pain meds for years and had a very high tolerance. Also, because of my profession, I know that you must maintain a certain level in
your system for it to be as effective as possible. She had XANAX for agitation which I felt she needed two times. Toward the end the morphine
administration had increased to every 30 minutes. She died a horrible death. It would have been horrible in the hospital or nursing home too. My
sister finally arrived on Friday night and her medical background helped some and Mom passed away early Sunday morning. At one point towards the end,
my sister and S.O. had used the O2 tubing to create a suction to relieve some of the fluid which was now at the top of her lungs. It was a terrible
way to die. She essentially drowned in her own fluid and poison. People would say to me after "at least she lived a long life". Really? She may have
been 93 and lived a long time but, she wasn't supposed to die then. We don't know when we are supposed to die but, I hope you know what I mean.
The Doctor was right "she didn't suffer long" in MY world of "length of time" but, she did suffer. It was horrific for all involved. Horrific. I could
NOT do it again. Maybe with someone who is NOT my Mother. I do not believe that anyone else could have given her the care and attention that I did.
It was my responsibility and I did it. BUT, and it’s a big one…I wouldn’t wish that death or the job of being there on any one. It is NOT for
the faint of heart or weak minded. Did I hasten death by administering the morphine? If I did, is that bad? Why should someone suffer longer or more
so I don’t have guilt? If someone is going to die then making it as easy for them as possible is bad why? I don’t know, I’ll have to live with
the choices I’ve made. I dove head first into depression, went on anti-depressants, different cocktails, and even considered ending things for
myself. Mom has gone on…why can’t I?
I only know for sure that unless you’ve been THERE, you have no idea…where you are when the decisions have to be made, where you will be after
making them, and where you’ll be when it’s all over…
I really DID try to shorten it up!
edit on 27-6-2015 by TNMockingbird because: There it is for what it's worth! Hope it helps someone!