Choosing Hospitals

April 8, 2007 at 1:28 am

Your mom can get better. Don’t give up. Do whatever you can for her.
My son Nate was in a convalescent hospital 100 miles away from here. He was there 9 1/2 mos, last year.
It took nearly two hrs to get there. A lonnnng drive. I would leave here at 9a.m. when the traffic was done, then stay until 7 p.m. and drive home in the dark.
It made it hard to get there very often unless I stayed at a motel nearby the hospital. I did that a lot at first when he was so deathly ill though. The price of gas didn’t help either.
I did get up there along with his brother and my husband at least once a week after he was recovering. It was hard for him but he knew he was getting good care. We talked on the phone sometimes twice daily. It helped him get through the times when we were not there physically.
Being far away makes it hard but if the hospital is going to be better for your mom, that might make your decision easier.
Even though it was hard and its over now, Nate was given very good care 100 miles away and I’m very glad he was there.
Us caregivers have to do what we can to help our sick loved ones, especially when they cannot even do anything for themselves.
She can get better. Don’t give up. Do what you can for her.
Trudy, Natesmom.
Nate, GBS diagnosed 1-06-06
Discharged 9-30-06