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Old 04-12-2005, 06:54 PM   #1
michelen
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Default Moral Support Please

Greetings all,

I haven't been here in a while because my mother is very ill. Very, very ill. She has suffered from COPD (specifically, emphysema) for a number of years, and then contracted pneumonia a few weeks ago. She was in hospital on April 1, and four days later demanded to go home.

So, we took her home. Her sister, who lives conveniently across the street, has been taking care of her. I was there for 4 days last week--I live an hour-and-a-half away and need to work. She is completely bedridden and needs 24-hour care. She doesn't have any money--she was living on Social Security and help from me--and I don't really have any money either.

Fortunately, in San Joaquin County where she lives, there is a non-profit hospice care organization, and today they rode in on their white horses. But I still need to arrange for care at night, or else convince her to go to a nursing home, which is going to be difficult. The hospice folks are helping me arrange Medi-Cal eligibility (her income was too high, believe it or not, before this crisis occurred). The hospice folks are angels, and when all this is over, if I am not bankrupt, I plan to do something about giving them some money.

So, it's all very hard. Right now, the plan is that I work during the week and then go to Mom's for the weekend. Which means I have no life for the forseeable future. If anyone has any advice or words of encouragement, I'd sure like to hear it.

Thanks all,
Michele
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