Wednesday, January 05, 2011

If Only I had Known !!!

After I called the hospital last night about the wailing lady and the fact that Mum had complained to me that they had not got her a bedpan when she needed it, the lack of sleep and the general feeling that both Mum and we had that she was not being listened to,things have changed.
This morning they moved mum into another bay, with a bed next to the window. At the same time they moved the wailing lady to the other end of the ward in a side room. The distance combined with Mums deafness means that she can't hear her anymore and she at last has the chance of a reasonable nights sleep. I spoke to Mum this morning and she said they actually made sure she was warm enough last night and they answered the call bell when she wanted the loo. Its so undignified to have to beg to go to the toilet and if an accident happens to be left wet all night. Last night my phone call made sure that they knew we were onto them I think that they knew I would not let it rest and my only regret is that I did not complain earlier. Isn't it sad that you have to fight for absolutely everything???
Today has been a mixed day for her, the physios have not been around so she feels bed bound again. She has been out to sit in her chair but she doesn't feel she has made any progress. The nurse looking after her says she is making the progress that they require and if she carries on at this rate she will be out next week. More mixed messages from Mum, she has told me that they are looking for a private hospital for her (?) or they are looking for an old peoples home for her(?) I think she has her knickers in a twist and has confused things. Who knows??
I had some late appointments at work tonight and when I came to leave at 7.30pm I was blocked in by a car with a flat tyre. It was pitch back, pouring with rain and cold. The car driver was trying to change the tyre, but didn't know exactly what to do, so I (a mere woman) had to help a man change his tyre!!!! He didn't even have a torch, It was true Girl Power!!!!

1 comment:

Jenn Jilks said...

You go, girl. You will feel such power advocating for your mum.
Take care.