serendipitous journey Posted March 5, 2012 Share Posted March 5, 2012 My in-laws, who live an an attached apartment, are together hitting some, well, Senior Moments more suddenly than I'd anticipated and I am not prepared. Today it became clear that I need to be organized around their health, recording interventions and symptoms. They have been generally very healthy and active, mother-in-law is about 76 and father-in-law nearly 89. My mother-in-law's memory and judgment are failing more and more, and I think we should start documenting what we notice so that we can have an organized sense of decline and how real the problems are. My father-in-law, who has trouble with his lungs after years of smoking but is otherwise quite healthy -- we live at a fairly low altitude -- really benefited from, perhaps required, supplementary oxygen today; a neighbor provided this for us, having the equipment b/c of his own elder relatives. We are purchasing a pulse oximeter to measure his blood oxygen levels and I should obviously record that, too, as well as reports of his breathing distress. It's all a bit confused b/c he doesn't talk about his health and my MIL isn't nearly as organized as she used to be, we didn't realize how much until this incident -- apparently he couldn't sleep b/c of strongly labored breathing last night, but they didn't get help and didn't even mention it until this afternoon. Although he's been on oxygen since this morning!!! Yes, I realize he should see a professional. That is a Work In Progress. He's an MD and thinks he doesn't need it. Fortunately DH is a biologist and also teaches respiratory physiology at a med school, so we have a good conceptual understanding and can read the relevant literature. Sigh. sorry if this seems emotional. I am more frazzled than usual, and feel awful for not having our ducks in a row to deal with these things. We are well fit to manage urgent or emergency care, but is there is some system for organizing this info. that people have used? favorite forms? good books for helping elders as they reach this stage? thanks so much. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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