I've got an appt this coming Mon. for a shot in my right shoulder bursa, and 2 days after Christmas for a shot in the right L-4 area. Makes more sense than amputating my whole right side, so that's how that's going to go.
Hubby spoke w/ Nannie's previous doctor, who has been a long-time church friend, and had years of experience w/ Nannie and has a good amount of seniority over the newer doctor. Hubby explained details of how Nannie's actions and speech/words have gone downhill weekly.
So, she called the newer doc, who then called hubby. He said that as hard as we have been trying, it very well may be that we aren't going to get to keep her at home if there are too many more nights like last night, throwing things at us and her increasing belligerence, and the incredible confabulations and hallucinatory people and events that occur daily.
He said he wants us to 'keep in close touch w/ him', observe and report her behavioral changes for a while longer. [Not sure about the psych evaluation, which I understood to be something that takes place over the phone?] He said he may double her med to quiet down her outbursts, if she keeps it up the way she has been. Her next option might be a facility w/ a locked Alzheimer's-Unit. As odd as it may sound, I feel less heavy and a bit more hopeful. [It goes to show that sometimes it really is WHO you know, y'know?}
My psychologist is wonderful; my having seen her off and on for 35 years makes getting down to the nitty-gritty easier. With our history, there's so much I DON"T have to catch her up on or explain about myself.
And hubby brought me a double bouquet of Crazy Daisys, which I love, soooo bright and colorful, because he said her never expected to have to put me through all we've had to deal with, and to express how grateful he is for all the things I've contributed to help with Nannie's care. I don't mind the actual old-fashioned nursing care, for me, that's just on automatic and not particularly hard.
To tell you the truth I have always begun a case with a one-shift 'try-out' with PD patients. I would have requested to be off Nannie's case in a heart-beat. I am much, much better with very crabby old guys, than women-who-always-whine, and over-dramatize. If I had a nice old lady to care for I'd stay with her. But even with 2-3 year long cases, I DID get off-duty and go home after 8 to 12 hours.
I think things are heading in a better and 'right' direction.