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Old 05-09-2006, 06:13 PM   #1
mystic heart
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Hi all,

My mom was recommended for hospice today!!!!!!!! I think the dr is doing this b/c my mom has some unexplained pain that isn't treated effectively with Tylenol. Also, she's not eating so she's considered "failure to thrive". I guess they'll use morphine? Feels so drastic to me, but I believe they said that plenty of people "are discharged from hospice"....? Has anyone heard of using hospice to actually get better, then getting off it?????

as always, thanks.


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Old 05-09-2006, 06:58 PM   #2
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Re: Hospice!!!?

I was just going to mention that my grandma was put in Hospice after she got out of the hospital. She was admitted with the diagnosis of Failure to Thrive, and the nurse was like there's a chance she could get better and go off Hospice service. Hopsice has not pulled out that I know of, but really all the nurse does is just checks in once a week. The rest of the care is left to the wonderful staff at the nursing grandma is now doing considerably better and eating well. So yes, improvement is possible!

Old 05-10-2006, 05:29 AM   #3
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Re: Hospice!!!?

I was a Volunteer Coordinator with a hospice organization for 5 months and during this time, there were many patients discharged because they no longer qualified (they got better). Many of these were patients whose admission diagnosis was "failure to thrive". With the additional services of hospice, these patients began eating better, etc. and improved to the point of no longer qualifying. I would encourage anyone whose family member is recommended for hospice to view it as additional supportive services - not a last resort.

Old 05-10-2006, 07:00 PM   #4
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Re: Hospice!!!?

Thanks so much to both of you. My heart feels lightened considerably. Am especially looking forward to them treating mom's pain more aggressively - too too difficult to watch her writhe and whimper. Bring on the morphine.....


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