I finally met the hospice nurse on Thursday. I spoke to her about Mike and his mucus problem. It's nothing new, but it just seems to be getting worse. After he eats, especially at night, he builds up alot of mucus in his throat. He can still cough it out, but lately, it's been taking me longer to get him to cough it out (I do the chest pounding & the nebulizer). My concern is: the day he will no longer be able to cough it out OR the day the mucus goes into his lungs. The nurse suggested the Transderm Scops patch. Apparently, it dries up the mucus in the throat for patients who are having problems swallowing. It's meant to help with motion sickness, but it's used for this purpose also. We keep it on for 3 days and change it.
I put it on Mike on Friday, and I really haven't seen a difference. We'll wait and see. Last night he coughed alot after dinner and he brought a TON of the mucus up (sorry for the subject matter) so I'm not sure it's actually doing anything.
This hospice also started measuring the circumference of Mike's arm, which when measured regularly, will determine if Mike is losing weight. This is something the other hospice didn't do, and yet they were going to discharge him for no decline. He could have been losing weight yet how would they have been able to tell?
Brandon is also getting nervous about his ankle surgery (scheduled for 11/24). We have alot coming up with that (pre-surgical testing, medical clearance etc.), and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. Right after that is Christmas.......YIKES, I'm not ready.