Take her home with Hospice - ASakryd

Decision Point Associated with Lung Cancer. Posted on April 29, 2013 View this journey (6 Experiences)

Her blood oxygen continued to go down. Even on a cannula and venti-mask, her level stayed at 93 and dipped to low 80's-70's if she moved. She couldn't get to the bathroom anymore, the bedside commode was getting hard as well. She hated the bi-pap machine and by Thursday night, refused to wear it. The meds for anxiety didn't help, in fact, it gave her nightmares, and by this time she'd tried more than she cared for. IV's kept needing to be replaced, her veins just couldn't sustain them. She didn't want to be stuck anymore, she just wanted to go home with her husband, her dog, and her cat. I promised her that when she wanted to do it, we'd go home.I called and set up hospice on Friday. We brought her back to the house at 5 p.m. and they gave her her first dose of meds. Once she was settled and comfortable, they left us. Fortunately for all of us, the hospital chaplain stopped by-they'd developed a friendship during her time at the first hospital. His presence and prayers were a great comfort to her and myself.

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