Navigating the system


The medical care, I can’t complain about it because I do feel my mother has received what she needed. But, I also have a friend who’s a nurse practitioner and I’ll very often say to her, “Would you come and have a look at mom?” She was the one who commented that, when my mom’s lips were getting dry, “Put this on it,” or, “do this for her,” or, “ask at the hospital for this.” I don’t have a medical background and it’s so nice to have a friend who can look at my mom and say she needs this or she needs that. And my nephew’s wife is a nurse, has a nursing background. So when she comes to visit, she’ll look at my mom’s bed sore and she’ll tell me about what to do about that. Or she’ll go and talk to the nurses and ask. And you don’t know if you’re crossing a line, or you don’t know if you should be doing that, but it’s my mom and you want to do whatever you can to make her more comfortable and to make these days as anxious free as possible.

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