Quote from LeahJet
This may be a little off topic but I remember a poor little 88 year old lady that was taking "too many pain pills" according to her daughter. The daughter lived out of state and made an appearance when mama was sent from the nursing home to the hospital.
She stayed on the doc's back about drying mama out and the whimp went along with it.
That poor woman!! It was pitiful.
I say, if you are over 85 and you want to eat cheeseburgers and shoot heroin........go for it. (a little extreme, but you get my point)
I agree with you on that!
I remember one long-term patient with Alzheimer's who basically sat in a chair all day. She was past talking, much less doing anything for herself. However, she ate when fed and made "mmmmm" noises. It was obvious that she could still taste the food and got some level of enjoyment from it.
Her daughter decided "Mama is gaining too much weight, her clothes are all getting too tight." Mama was maybe 150 lbs.
She came in one evening during supper and made the aide take the tray away before her mother was finished. The aide came to me with the tray. I told her to put it aside for now. When daughter left, we warmed up the tray and the aide fed the patient the rest. We may have even added an extra ice cream or something.
I think the patient lived less than a month after that.
Why take away the one thing the poor lady still seemed to connect with and enjoy?