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Laura in Alameda, CA

Get her current functioning documented and get on the phone with Kaiser member services and find out if any of this can be covered. Keep the firm tone and don't take no for an answer the first seven or eight times you hear it. If she has any days of coverage left, you should get them. You are doing the right thing in this nurse's opinion- you can easily hurt yourself turning big folk, esp. big folk with big attitude. Back injuries can last a long, long, time, and you have yourself to worry about. Hang in there. Also, whenever you go see her, if it is blood sugar time or treatment time, practice so you feel confident later.

elizabeth

Good for you:-) We have to know limitations. It is best for everyone involved. A lot of times we want to do it ourselves but we aren't the best ones to do it. Think of you often!

Carol

Hold firm. You are doing the right thing. Even if she tries to guilt you, you ARE doing the RIGHT THING. It is extremely easy to hurt yourself when dealing with adults who need a lot of physical care. Adn if you threw your back out, where would mom be? Back in the hospital anyway. Right beside you. I know it's hard. but keep on!

CarolineF

You are totally doing the right thing. Stay firm! And get that PT guy on the phone to ask him if he knew which patient he was talking about.

marti

take a deep breath and let it out. i am glad your mom is in a safer place for her, and that she has a daughter who is wise enough to know it! love ya lots.

Sandie

Another nurse weighing in. You can't take care of her if you don't care for yourself first! Sounds like you need a caregiver group (which I have). Few get it when it comes to caring for a loved one. Guilt is the bigge here. Don't let it get you down and try to remember the funny times. There must have been some.
Also, listen to the comment about being firm with the health plan! They don't want to spend.
Lots of hugs.

Sandie

Another nurse weighing in. You can't take care of her if you don't care for yourself first! Sounds like you need a caregiver group (which I have). Few get it when it comes to caring for a loved one. Guilt is the bigge here. Don't let it get you down and try to remember the funny times. There must have been some.
Also, listen to the comment about being firm with the health plan! They don't want to spend.
Lots of hugs.

AlisonH

I'm so glad you got some time off, seeing people at Stitches. It was SO good to get to spend some time with you!

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