Just curious....have any of you found that elderly people sometimes don't spike a temp. until they are really, really sick?
My dad is now in a nursing home. On Sunday I noticed his voice was really hoarse, and he seemed unusually drowsy. On Monday, ditto, plus one of his eyes was oozing pus. Still no fever. The doctor was supposed to see him on Tuesday, but the nurses never passed on my request to him
I threw a hissy fit, the doc finally saw him today, and SHIPPED HIM OFF TO HOSPITAL! (He was FINALLY spiking a bit of a fever, and as he has chronic respiratory problems, they wanted to make sure he hadn't developed pneumonia.)
Hospital took x-rays, gave him some abx, and sent him back to the nursing home.
I just wish the nursing home had listened to me back on Sunday when I noticed his voice was so hoarse!
I am drafting a letter to the NH right now. I hope you don't mind being quoted on this?? (anonymously, of course!!)
The staff in that NH really
needs to pull up its socks!
Oh, yeah, they use tympanic thermometers exclusively, and I know dad has a problem with wax, as his hearing aid keeps plugging up with it! So, that's another thing I'm going to mention.
A big THANK YOU for all your contributions!
Last edit by Jay-Jay on Jun 19, '03