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Fri, Mar 13 11:58am · Parkinson's with diabetes and dialysis end of life... in Caregivers

My beloved son has gone peacefully into that good night now… Hospice came to the nursing home and kept him as pain free as he would allow.. He lived one week after beginning hospice care.. It was a blessing to see him relieved of the pain that he's lived with for so long and I sat many hours by his bedside..
He was loved and revered by so many many friends from his school days especially.. My granddaughter posted his passing on FB and there has been a huge outpouring from them, which is helping her… with even her own friends telling how much he meant to them.. His former wife is arranging a day for everyone who loved and admired him to come together and share a few hours together… It's what he would have loved, being with his friends…

Thu, Mar 5 3:03pm · Parkinson's with diabetes and dialysis end of life... in Caregivers

Becky, we have called everywhere about Dan's little dog and they all say that because he pees indoors, hasn't had his shots, or been neutered that he's unadoptable and they will not take him in.. He is a wonderful little dog other than those 3 things.. so I still don't know what will happen to him.. it's heartbreaking…
My son is on hospice now and with morphine and being out of pain at last he is resting well, even has his apetite back altho he cannot handle a fork or spoon. He did hold his hamburger and fed himself, after I cut it in two pieces.. He said this is the first time in such a long time that he feels good.. Too bad that it's so near the end of his life.. The hospice nurse told us, including my son, that by stopping dialysis he wouldn't live more than 2 or 3 weeks now.. It hurts so much to be losing him…
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! My husband just called from the nursing home to tell me that the young man we talked to this morning about doing work on son's home … called and said he has found PJ a home, he thinks! That his neighbors dog just died and they want to meet PJ… I thank our God for the wonderful way he works for good in our lives! AMAZING GRACE!!!!

Sun, Mar 1 12:47am · Parkinson's with diabetes and dialysis end of life... in Caregivers

providence1960… Alzheimer's is a dreadful thing to have to deal with… I'm offering a prayer now for the two of you…
Blessings on you…

Sun, Mar 1 12:41am · Parkinson's with diabetes and dialysis end of life... in Caregivers

Dear coloradogirl… Your precious prayers are most appreciated… Thank you, that's a wonderful gift!

Sun, Mar 1 12:37am · Parkinson's with diabetes and dialysis end of life... in Caregivers

Hi.. I appreciate your kind sharing of your mom's kidney failure and know how difficult it had to be for you to be the only child your parents could count on at the end of their lives..
Tonight at the nursing home my son made a comment about the male nurse and myself trying to get him changed and comfortable in bed for the night.. He said that we were quite the trio with him blind, my deafness, and the nurse didn't speak English… It's good to be able to laugh at that now… smile…

Sun, Mar 1 12:29am · Parkinson's with diabetes and dialysis end of life... in Caregivers

Hi Ginger.. and thank you for your kindness in responding to my cry for help… Things are moving along rather quickly.. Of course, we knew these days were coming, but still it seems so sudden… There are so many things that we have to deal with besides the immediate health change for our son.. He lives in a house that we purchased for him to live in when he first got too sick to continue working.. It's in one state and we live in another, 500 miles away.. so there is that… Also, he had 2 little dogs.. one was very sick with a tumor and had to be put to sleep. the other is a wonderful little guy, but he has a few things that make him unadoptable, I'm afraid.. He's an indoor/outdoor doggie door pet, but was never socialized to be around other dogs or children, plus he pees anywhere.. My son has been sick all of the little dogs life and never taught him manners.. All of a sudden little PJ's world has been turned upside down.. and he's all alone… So this is one more terribly sad event for Mom to take care of… It really hurts me…

Sun, Mar 1 12:16am · Parkinson's with diabetes and dialysis end of life... in Caregivers

Hi Colleen.. My son has been living alone in his own home, but with a caregiver who lived next door and would come any time he called for help day or night.. She came every day to take care of him and the house for several hours, plus took him to doctor visits, appmts. and did all the shopping for him.. It all came to a halt less than 2 weeks ago when he went into a seizure at his dialysis clinic. That's when they transported him to the hospital.. After a week in hospital he was moved to a skilled nursing facility. Today he was taken back to dialysis, but he's now wearing a diaper and can't control his bowels.. had a very emabarrassing episode.. He was returned to the nursing home, cleaned up, but refused to go back for dialysis.. When I got there I met with the head nurse, we filled out new DNR etc to stop dialysis. I signed all the papers and bear full responsibility now. Monday I will speak with Hospice about controlling his pain level and keeping him comfortable. His dad got here last night from our home out of state. They spoke of Christ and our beliefs.. thankfully, our son is a believer and has been for many years.. He is at peace now with what is happening to him, but since he does hallucinate off and on he isn't always fully with us in the moment.. I'm holding up okay so far.. but it's been a blessing having my husband here with us today.. and I'm keeping careful watch on him, too.. He couldn't stay with Dan very long today and there are enough things to keep him busy at Dan's home.. He is best kept busy and removed from the emotional pain and stress.. Our granddaughter called her dad yesterday and said she was coming to see him at the nursing home, but he told her not to.. She has taken family leave time and we are keeping as much sadness and stress off her young shoulders as we can.. She realizes that it's necessary, too.. I am so very thankful for my loving family and that we live with faith in our Creator, whom we call God… I so appreciate the kind thoughts and words that so many have expressed on this forum for us.. It's a help and relief and eases my pain to be able to express my thoughts and feelings.. Thank you all so very much…

Fri, Feb 28 11:58am · Parkinson's with diabetes and dialysis end of life... in Caregivers

My 54 yo son is in a skilled nursing facility as of 3 days ago.. he had been hospitalized for unable to keep food down the past almost 2 weeks. When he went to clinic for dialysis he had a bad seizure, first one for him.. that’s when they took him to hospital.. While there he began hallucinating too.. He is still being taken for dialysis as of yesterday, but he cannot even hold his head up or lift his arms.. his hands are clinched tight, so he has to be fed.. At this new “home” he is suppose to make progress to be able to take care of himself.. that’s impossible for him… I’m sure they will want to move him to a different “home” very soon.. He always told me that when he couldn’t take care of his bathroom needs that he wanted to just let life go.. I know that he doesn’t want to continue living with all of these things gone so bad… If he stops dialysis he will die… The decision to stop is about to fall on me, his mom.. I hope that it doesn’t come to that, but know very well that it is… To complicate things even more, his daughter my granddaughter, also has serious kidney issues now.. She was in hospital with sepsis 3 months ago, then out and working for 2 weeks, then back with another serious infection.. Doctors found that she has 2 small shriveled kidneys on one side and 1 kidney working at 80% on the other.. She gets reflux that keeps reinfecting her, thus has to go on periodic antibiotics for that.. She is also bipolar… Besides my husband, these are my only close relatives.. We are in our mid 70’s and I am also diabetic and have serious neuropathy in my feet and legs.. Husband is emtionally fragile, so I always try to protect him from any stress.. I guess, after writing all of this down in what seems to me as a logical order, I can see the handwriting on the wall.. and know a bit better how to handle our situation..
I appreciate any responses to my situation… and thank anyone for listening to me..