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To consider…
April 28th, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

Here’s an email I just received from my sister: I think I told you that they took Mom off of the Cymbalta the other night. I have not heard from Jan yet, but I think she may have already visited Mom today. I can’t imagine that if she saw Mom as she has been since […]

This Is Madness
April 27th, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

My sister just sent me this very disturbing email: I told Dr Moore no Haldol. He is taking Mom off Cymbalta. Her behavior has been off the chain the last couple of days-constant crying, starting some hallucination type comments, and a slew of the other side effects the Cymbalta ads say “notify your Dr right […]

Stuck in the 1960s
April 27th, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

Here is the email I just sent to my sister: [name redacted], Under no circumstances should mom be administered ECT. She shouldn’t be taking Haldol, either. Is Halifax hospital stuck in the 1960s or something? This is ridiculous. Wikipedia says, “[haldol] is by far more active against ‘positive’ psychotic symptoms (delusions, hallucinations, etc.) than against […]

April 27th, 2012 @ 7:34 am

My sister just sent me this email: I received a call Wednesday night around 11:30pm from Crystal, the nurse on duty. She called to tell me that Mom’s bed alarm went off and that when they got to her room , Mom was on her knees on the floor. She did not appear to have […]

Update on Mom
April 19th, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

My sister sent this email to me and copied Janis Stovall and Janice Day at Grace Manor Hi, All. Dr. Moore, psychiatrist at Halifax, came to visit Mom around 1pm yesterday. When I asked him what he thought, he said he thinks she has a combination of some dementia/confusion/paranoia with possible severe depression. She was […]

Drugs and drugs and drugs
April 16th, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

I replied to my sister’s email and copied Janis Stovall and Janice Day at Grace Manor: [name redacted], I can get you the details about Elder Source tomorrow when I get to my office. The assessment was definitely done; I will get you the date and the name of the person that did it as […]

Update: Part 2
April 16th, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

My sister just sent me the following email. She copied Janis Stovall and Janice Day at Grace Manor Port Orange: Dr. Moore, one of the psychiatrists from Halifax, came to see Mom around noon. Mom was pretty sleepy at the time. Dr. Moore asked me some questions regarding Mom’s history. He also tried to ask […]

Easter Sunday
April 15th, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

My sister just sent me the following email. She copied Janis Stovall and Janice Day at Grace Manor Port Orange: Mom was brought to the Halifax emergency room, Saturday, April 14th, at approximately 7pm, after conferring with Jeanne and Hannah regarding Mom’s inability to urinate in almost 24 hours and claims of abdominal pain. Mom […]

April 10th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

I talked to Janis Stovall at Grace Manor for quite a while today. She said that mom continues to try grabbing and scratching at her caregivers, and during meals she keeps throwing her dishes at people. Janis said that mom was, “the worst case [she’d seen] in ten years,” and that she needs to be […]

A Missed Call
April 10th, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

I received a voice mail from Jan, Director of Nursing at Grace Manor Port Orange. Here is what she said: “Hi, David. This is Jan [unintelligible] the director of nursing at Grace Manor in Port Orange. The office number here is (386) 310-4995. My cell phone number is [redacted]. Returning your call and right now […]