Mom is doing fine at the NH, but she needs a "one assist" per doctor's orders at all times.
She's got the ankle alarm; and bed & chair alarms, so anytime she tries to stand, all the bells and whistles go off. She even fell again in her room the other night when she tried to get out of bed. No injury occurred, thankfully, and you know it's almost impossible to be on tap of every resident at all times.
So she spends most of her day at the nurse's station so they can keep an eye on her. Staff is wonderful to her and me, but all our visiting takes place in the hallway. I asked if I could be allowed to walk her and it was fine with the director, but I needed to be trained and made official.
I'm afraid all this sitting she's doing is just going to make her weaker when she does get up; not to mention, I still like spending some private time with my mom, even if she doesn't understand what the hey I'm talking about.
It went very well, but mom was terribly winded. I think that's the most she's walked in ages. She does have her weak moments with dizziness, and the most I will take her is to her room and back for now. Luckily, she has her gate belt on so it's something to hold onto also.
I've tried to get her interested in activities and she will have no part of it.
Just sits all day in the same spot.
Bad thing was that when I tried to leave she got mad at me because I wouldn't take her home with me; I told her she had to rest and catch her breath before we walk anymore. (Trying to think fast!)
The nurse quietly told me she'd sit down and pretend she's me so I could get out of there. I made a run for it, but mom is not dumb...I'm halfway down the hall and all her bells and whistles start going off as she starts to get up. I kept on going. Those same feelings of leaving my boys at nursery school and me wanting to go back to them came back!
Well, anyway, I'm sure she'll settle down and I'll just have to keep making excuses as to why I'm leaving...even if it's just to say, "I've got to go the bathroom, mom, I'll be back in a bit!"
Like I said before, I've become a good liar.