• My mother is in her final stages with stomach cancer, and needs to be on an IV for the rest of her days in a rehab center.

    Asked by kdolotina on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    My mother is in her final stages with stomach cancer, and needs to be on an IV for the rest of her days in a rehab center.

    What can i do to enhance an already grim situation? Are there retreats that we could visit that could assist with administering her IV?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      It sounds to me like hospice care might be appropriate in your mother's situation. Hospice can either be in a nursing facility if she needs 24/7 care or in home if a daily nurse visit is all that is necessary. You can ask her Drs what is appropriate. They will make sure that she is not in pain and is as comfortable as possible. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I agree with Peroll about hospice, there are also stand alone facilities that offer excellent care. In addition to tend to her physical needs, be aware of her and your emotional ones. tell your mom you love her, reminisce about the good times you had. And when the time comes let her know that it's ok to let go and end the suffering and that you understand. If she has the energy engage in activities she enjoys and can still do. My prayers to you and your family.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear kdolotina,

      I'm sorry for what you're going through. I lost my mom a year and a half ago. It's never easy. Peroll gave you good advice-it sounds like hospice care might be called for. You'd have to decide what's a good balance between what your mother would want and what's workable for you at home. Sometimes this situation doesn't work at home-too much disruption, you may need home to be a place to be a place of peace for you after visiting your mom a few times per day or you may want your mom with you in the center of things. Hospice can be accommodated to a variety of settings. Warmest wishes, Aliza

      over 3 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I also agree with Peroll regarding hospice. They are very accommodating to what her needs and desires may be, as well as your needs. She may require round-the-clock care, in which case a hospice center would help. It also gives you a chance to breathe as you go through this difficult time. Or, maybe a daily nurse visit is all you need. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.

      over 3 years ago
    • LuvinSis' Avatar

      You'll habe a few hoapice options. You can do in-home care, hospice center care, hospital hosoice care, and skilled njraing center hosoice care. In all locatioms there are services for the patient and the family. This is a hard time but as was suggested, use this time to reminisce if she's able. Some patients want to spell out their final wishes from burial to detail on what they want done with personal property. Be open to these discussions, many patients feel more in control, in a situation in which they know the disease is out of control, when they can direct activities around them now and for when they are gone.

      over 3 years ago
    • crudd123's Avatar

      Prayers for you and your mom!

      over 3 years ago

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