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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 7/11/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
As you know im an in home care taker of my grandmother whom has dementia. I do this 24/7, with only doctor appointments and 3 hours break a week. Anyhow, I got an interesting scenero now, and I can use all the tips. My cancer returned, and I am on chemotherapy as of today. So how does a really sick hanging over the toilet person care for a person? Are there more programs where I can get more help? Sigh the joys of this....
 
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   Posted 7/11/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to hear that your cancer has come back :( I'm not sure what state you live in but here in MI we have a program that we can call for just about anything and they will be able to point us in the right direction. It's called the 411 program. Maybe see if there is something similiar in your area?

Does your Gma have insurance? Will they cover visiting nurses?

When I was caring for my Gma, I had my husband, son and daughter to help out. Sometimes even my mother in law would lend a hand. I also get sick a lot so it helped tremendously to have the extra hands. Is there anyone else in your family that can help out?
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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 7/12/2010 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother and sister and father only help when "they feel" it is needed. My mother is the best one about it and she is the one that gives me the 3 to 4 hours break but she also works full time so its hard on her to be more there for me to help her. Maybe I should call the caseworker that is with that one program and see what she says. All I know is that I will need more help than my family and I can provide while I'm sicker as a horse. Yes, I know the phrase is dog, but I changed it to horse cuz last time I was on this chemotherapy, I was in an ER 3 to 4 times a week getting iv fluids because of how dehydrated I get from all the vomiting and diaherea from this stupid chemo. After a few months I will use the normal pattern but bring up and out blood instead. It's what happened last time. Its beyond me why the doctors put me on a drug that made me bleed internal before sigh
 
Smurfy Shadow/Desirèe 
DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Depression, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux, Tumor Behind the Eye, Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyolgia, Clasterphobic, Arthritis, Anxiety
Medications:  Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prednisone, Cingulair, Albuterol, Pro-Air, Morphine, Rolaids, Zofran, Compuzeen, Refresh Plus Eye Drops, Percocet, Immuran, Alvesco, Allerga, Gabapentin, Visteral  PRN: Epi-Pen, Albuterol Nebulizer, Benedryl Undergoing Chemotherapy Taking Lorazepam (Ativan) For MRIs and Anxiety, Surpressed Immune Sytem


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/16/2010 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
There should be Respite care available..
im in Ontario n did hv chemo n was sick as well
looked after mom n then dad til he passed away just after mom
I believe RED CROSS is everywhere n they hv homecare that will come in as well and do things that need to be done such as dishes..laundry..meal prep ect
I was a home care worker long before i was into nursing
just a thought
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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 7/16/2010 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks lyn, i been real sick past feew days and my mom had to come and help me actually
 
Smurfy Shadow/Desirèe 
DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Depression, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux, Tumor Behind the Eye, Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyolgia, Clasterphobic, Arthritis, Anxiety
Medications:  Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prednisone, Cingulair, Albuterol, Pro-Air, Morphine, Rolaids, Zofran, Compuzeen, Refresh Plus Eye Drops, Percocet, Immuran, Alvesco, Allerga, Gabapentin, Visteral  PRN: Epi-Pen, Albuterol Nebulizer, Benedryl Undergoing Chemotherapy Taking Lorazepam (Ativan) For MRIs and Anxiety, Surpressed Immune Sytem

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