Medical care for aunt with alzheimer's

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JUDY K
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/27/2006 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
The nursing home just called and told me that my aunt had a chest xray today and they found a mass on her lungs. They wanted to know if we wanted to have a CAT scan, recommended by the doctor. We are waiting for one to be scheduled. My question is, if it is lung cancer, she is a non smoker who has had cronic broncitis for over 40 years, what experience if any do you guys have with treating someone with alzheimers?  She fights mosts meds, can't imaging her with an IV, doesn't stay in bed, but wanders into rooms and down the halls. I just don't want her to be in pain. So it would seem like a morphine pump would be out because she would pull it out. May be a patch. My mother died from lung cancer and I know how painful it is. Do you think my aunt who is middle end stage alzheimers can communicate pain? I know her knee hurts alot but she'll tell me it doesn't. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks - Judy K

Howlyncat
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   Posted 6/28/2006 3:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy and Welcome ........I am really sorry about your Mom i just lost mine in March this yr ...from COPD,Psorasis(sp) and she suffered from Alzheimer's as well ......I believe my mom felt pain I could see it in her eyes .....the patch might be your only option right now........do they have her on meds to calm her dowm at all? I looked after Mom at home (her house) as I had promised her yrs ago I would not put her into a home but I do understand that it is sometimes the only thing you are able to do ..There are quite a few peeps on here that I am sure will gladly give you some input for your post..........Where are you from?? I know here in Canada we can put them in a chair with a posey bar to help them from wandering ...........it has to be a legal restraint and approved by the doc ........I am sure others will be along ..in the meantime go thru some of the old threads and see what you find in there .....also the HW Resources at the side are good for info too...Please post and let us know how things are going ........Take care and God Bles............Lyn....Meds can be put in jam or jello or something of the sorts.....Other members may have some more sugggesstions
    BTW.........when I saw this post it at first stunned  me......... My Mom's name was Judy Kyle ( I lost her in March )
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Post Edited (Lyn (Howlyncat)) : 6/28/2006 4:15:46 AM (GMT-6)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 6/29/2006 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Kent would you possibly be into Reiki??? I ask this because of your sign off ........Take care and God Bless.........


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Post Edited (Lyn (Howlyncat)) : 6/29/2006 2:36:25 PM (GMT-6)

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