Hello again kind people of the PD forum.
It has been a while since I last posted anything as life suddenly became very hectic with other family problems.
A lot has certainly happened in the last 9 mths with mum-in-law declining further still, as expected. She had 8 falls in as many weeks but fortunately without and serious injuries, cuts and bruises only. We tried to offer help to the old git about walking aids which he point blank refused as he said "It makes her look old" So we called in Occy health, who did make suggestions of the necessary equipment required, which was duly ordered. With the on-going support of their GP he convinced them it was time to get in outside agency staff to help, after a face to face confrontation with him the old git gave in and accepted 2 carers to come in in the morning to get her up, showered and dressed. This went on for a week then unfortunately in a moment of unsupervision the old dear had a fall. She was taken to A&E as she had a blow to the head and a gashed elbow which needed attention, she also complained of a sore back which was suggested she may have fractured a rib. We were sent home with some pain killers and told to keep an eye on her.
5 days after the fall my wife happen to be in their apartment when the old dear had a mild heart attack and a mild stroke. She was blue lighted into A&E and from the time of the stroke to receiving medical attention was a just under 45 mins. She was admitted to a high dependancy ward after almost a full night in recuss. Since then she has had a collapsed lung, x-ray showing 7 broken ribs 3 detached, a chest drain, 2 gastric bleeds 1 upper 1 lower, pneumonia, uti and a skin infection.
To everyones amazement she started to pull through most of the issues she had, considering we had 3 calls to get there quick she survived. Her Parkie meds were administered in patch form (which are brilliant as they avoid the peaks and troughs between normal medication times) and with in a week the chest drain was out, the power syringe drive was out and all the canulers also gone. She was like a new woman or at least how she was mentally 10 years ago.
Today however and we've now had a set back, she has contracted aspiration pneumonia and gone down hill quite quickly. The medical team say she'll need a feeding peg, but they're not sure if the inability to swallow is stroke related or Parkinsons related. They want to preform more tests but she's not conscious enough to assist them, they have said the next 3 days could be critical.
The old git (while I can't knock his spirit ) has convinced himself she'll still be home with in the week, even when he was told she is on a DNAR he said it is only precautionary.
Sorry to whinge and go on a bit, but it was nice to get it all off my chest (no pun intended)