Hospitals, Oxygen, and Needles, Oh My!

First I would like to say that I don’t think I will be participating in any more daily blogging challenges. Every time I do something big in my life happens and makes it to where I just can’t get to my blog. Now that things are a little bit back to normal I think I should be able to get back into my blogging grove.

I mentioned before that we were staying with my grandma because she was put on oxygen and could no longer be left alone. Well she ended up having to go into the hospital for a few days because she had gotten worse. When they released her from the hospital she just did not look good. She was in a lot of pain and crying all of the time. One night it got so bad that she asked us to call an ambulance to help her because she couldn’t handle the pain any more.

It turned out that she had multiple blood clots in both of her legs. It was so bad that she could barley move. You would think that they would have admitted her to the hospital, given her blood thinners and let her get better. No, they sent her home! They said to just give her an aspirin every day and put her on more pain medication. We reluctantly took her home and  a few days later had to call the ambulance again. This time when they said she could go home because she wasn’t sick enough to stay at the hospital, we knew that there was no way she was able to go home. They ended up sending her to a rehabilitation center. I really think that they saw an 83 year old woman who couldn’t move and was hurting all over and thought it was normal. My grandma isn’t like that. Until we had to put her on the oxygen she did everything. She walked around the mall, took out her own trash, made her bed every day and was very independent. Besides the memory problem she was doing very well.

At the rehabilitation center they started her on the blood thinners, did physical therapy with her, and made sure she was eating. She was so sick when she went in there that we thought she might not ever come out.

Thankfully we were wrong and she came home yesterday. They took her off of the oxygen because she no longer needs it, she can walk with the use of a walker, and other her legs hurting she is doing well. The only thing that isn’t great about her coming home is that the blood thinners she is on came in the form of an injection. So every morning I have to give her a shot in the stomach and she HATES needles. I gave her the first shot this morning and she was cooperative so we will see how it goes.

It has been a long process and I am so glad that she is back home. I hope that she continues to get better and stronger each day.

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