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  •  If your mom can't swallow, seriously think about (3+ / 0-)
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    Dianna, llbear, Vetwife

    a DNR. Unless you go to tube feeding, pneumonia will be constant. And life in a hospital bed being taken care of by strangers is not life.

    *There are two sides to every horseshit.* Kos

    by glorificus on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 05:40:53 PM PST

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    •  Did you see "Monday Morning" last night? (1+ / 0-)
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      That's a tough thing to deal with.

      Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. Those who want to wage the next war in Afghanistan are condemned to lose it.

      by llbear on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 05:46:35 PM PST

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      •  No, but I see these patients all the time. Over (4+ / 0-)
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        and over until the end.

        Yes, it is tough. Both for the family and the medical staff, not to even mention the patient, for whom it is the worst.

        Dianna, if your mom is just starting this, there are techniques the speech therapist can give you to help. I didn't know how severe the problem was.

        Best wishes for you and both of your parents.

        *There are two sides to every horseshit.* Kos

        by glorificus on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 06:03:46 PM PST

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    •  She just started (3+ / 0-)
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      in the past couple of weeks.  She's doing a swallow study this week and seeing a pulmonologist.  I am devastated right now what we might face.   I will take care of her as long as I am physically able.

      She is sitting at the kitchen table doing a puzzle right now and I am really scared.

      Thanks for the big picture, the medical community here never provides even context of what's happening, they just tell me what's happening right here right now.

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