She was not on her best behavior at the nursing home and as a result, they kept her very heavily medicated. She had physically assaulted other patients, so it was no doubt warranted, but it didn't help her get any stronger. When I picked her up and saw how much Morphine and Haldol they had given her daily, I knew she had primarily been in bed the whole 5 days. The video above was shot just after I got her home from the nursing home. She could hardly even focus her eyes enough to look at me. ...
Just 5 days later Dottie passed away on October 1st, 2016.
She had been up and down all night long. Finally at 3:00 am with little to no sleep for the 3 days prior, I made a judgment call, and it wasn't my best! I debated if I should sedate her or not, but I knew if I shot liquid medicine in her mouth, she'd try to kill me for a good 30 minutes before she'd calm down and go to sleep. Maybe I just didn't have the fight left in me, but I really thought that last time I put her in bed she was going to stay, but she didn't.
I had not been asleep more than 20 minutes when I heard a horrible crash. I jumped out of bed and screamed for dad, thinking it was him, but got no response. By the time I got to the top of the staircase, I realized it was Dottie. I flew down the stairs to find her in a heap at the bottom. As soon as I turned the light on, I knew she was badly hurt. By then dad had woken up and called 911. I have never felt more relieved to see my co-workers from the fire department, than I did in that moment, when the walked through the door. I knew she was in good hands. They got her on a stretcher and transported her to Holland Hospital.
When the doctor spoke to us, he said "almost regardless of the age or prognosis of a patient, with a leg fracture of this nature, we would almost always fix it." With so little sleep, I couldn't even fathom sending her into surgery after she had literally been cut loose from Hospice for the second time, less than 12 hours earlier. She was 98 years old and suffering from end stage Alzheimer's. She was so badly injured from the fall. She just shattered like a porcelain doll. After some consideration, we called Hospice. Thankfully they were able to keep her from feeling the pain, and passed away peacefully a few hours later.
By the time we got to Saugatuck, she'd left us a rainbow to say goodbye.
"This Too Shall Pass"
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