It did take some time to convince the doctor that I was going to be able to handle the additional care that mom would need, but I finally succeeded. Her IV antibiotics were to be infused every 24 hours (for 6-8 weeks) at the infusion clinic in the hospital. It wasn't going to be easy with every thing else going on. "You
are going to be SO exhausted", I was told. I was sure he was right. I just wasn't sure if that grin he displayed when he said it was a "I wish it was easier" grin or if it was more of a "we're going to make sure of it" grin. I also wasn't sure I cared. I was already too exhausted to care!
It occurred to me that even if we did find that loop hole, it would likely take several weeks to loosen the knot and climb through it. By that time the infusions would likely be coming to an end. I needed to use what energy I had to handle the immediate problems.
Somehow we made those early morning appointments, but it wasn't easy. Luckily we only had to keep that horrible early morning appointment for a few days before they were able to change our appointment for a LITTLE later most days.
I guess I'll take what I can get!
That doctor was right about one thing - I WAS EXHAUSTED!
I still can't quite wrap my brain around the reason why Medicare won't pay for the infusion at home - probably I can't because the only reason I have been given is "they just won't", and that just doesn't make sense to me. What is the reason and why do so many people tell me they have been able to do it? After all, it would save a whole lot of money. It would also save a whole lot of time and energy for us! It just made sense as far as I could see. Ah, that common sense getting in my way again!
Oh, well, we'll figure it out. We have to!
I didn't know how, but we would make those dreaded appointments. We would play by the rules, or at least try to! We would get mom better, I hoped.
Tomorrow is another day and I can't think about this anymore tonight. I hope I can convince my brain of that soon!
Thank you for taking this ride with me. If any of you have any suggestions on how this could be easier, I'd love to hear them! I need all the help I can get. I'm only one person out of the (I would guess) thousands of people having similar experiences in senior health care and senior care giving.
Maybe somebody might have an idea that I haven't thought of. Maybe YOU have an idea that I haven't thought of!! I hope if that's true, you will share!
Any comments/suggestions are appreciated!
Tune in tomorrow for another episode of "I am my mother's keeper"!