My husband had to be hydrated last month. He is in the late/last stage of dementia. He was very dehydrated and very low in pottasium because he had pretty much stopped eating. It took about four days. He is doing a little better now. He is bedridden but he is eating a litle better now - at least lunch. I wanted to ask if anyone has had a loved one hydrated more than once. The hospice doctor said we could, but he said "do you want to put him thru that again?" I would at least want to try once more with hydration if he got bad again. Has anybody done this-hydrating more than once? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
I noticed there are no answers to your question and, no, I haven't had anyone hydrated. I guess my question would be: Is hydration a painful thing? I am assuming your doctor is telling you it is time to let go of your husband since hydration seems to be only a stopgap measure. You have my sympathy.
My daughter had to be rehydrated several times in the course of her two pregnancies when nausea was causing her to lose all liquids. It was no big deal - some kind of sterile water is put into your bloodstream though an infusion. You just lie down and relax while it drips in. Unless they have trouble finding a vein, or he fights it off and pulls out the needle, I can't see it as 'putting him through' anything.