I have been acting as my Mum's (79 year old 8 years suffering from PD) carer for quite some years now helping her manage her symptoms and medication however last week she had a fall in the house and has broken her hip - she has undergone a hip replacement (hemi-arthoplasty) under an epidural pain block however after 7 days she has not come round properly - there is some recognition that we are there and she responds to pain stimuli - have any other PD sufferers observed delayed recovery from surgery ? She missed her meds for about 3 days but is now receiving her full dose via an NG tube - i am becoming increasing worried about my Mum now and just wondered if there was any other similar cases that people may know about - any help or advice gratefully received thanks Bilko21
Hi, Bilko21 --
I noted the date on your post and regret that no one has responded yet. I'm so sorry for your mother's situation. Unfortunately, I have had no similar experience. My only question is whether your mum is being seen by PD specialists or just the hospital staff. I know that when I was once hospitalised, the nurses seemed rather ignorant in caring for a PD patient. But I did not encounter the problem of slow recovery.
I was saddened to here of the troubles you are enduring and alas there is a lack of knowledge in some Hospitals regarding the treatment of PD I have myself had to deal with the awful realisation that they would not give my medication when I needed it but only when the trolley came around, thus I had to suffer terrible shutdowns before my PD Consultant intervened and I was given a letter informing the Doctors and Nurses I must be given my medicines on demand, or I would slip into a semi coma like state,this solved the problem and everything ran smooth.
I hope all goes well for you both my very best wishes Fed
Dear j & fed sadly my Mum passed away only hours after i put this post up - Mum did appear to be in a semi coma like state - she was getting her meds by NG tube after intervention by PD nurse but i think she was just too weak to cope with the trauma of the fall and the surgery. I think if she had come round her body would not have been able to withstand the physio. i am still very upset at losing my dear old Mum but at least she is now free of the dehibilitating headaches & limb pain that were associated with her Parkinson's symptoms. Thank you for your responses. Best wishes to you both Bilko21
Thank you for the good wishes, and please accept my condolences on the loss of your mum. My own mother passed away just five months ago, following a series of strokes, and I understand fully your taking consolation in her freedom from the human suffering she endured so long.
I wish you peace and contentment.
Dear J sorry for slow response but thank you for your kind words it is appreciated it has been a very difficult time for me as the day after my Mum died my Dad suffered a heart attack and was himself in hospital for two weeks - he seems slightly better but i'm now acting as his full time carer - best wishes Bill