Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Related Communities - Stroke Community | Alzheimer's Community
    Mothers!
    avatar
    Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:
    So, we are logging the as needed meds and the days Mama doesn't get out of bed. I want to do this and the doctor wants this information so we can make appropriate decisions regarding medications, etc.

    This has led to my mother refusing to ask for any "as needed" meds and a lot of unnecessary pain and discomfort for her. It also leads to things like the other day where she was clearly quite ill and yet refused to go back to bed until I would assure her that I wouldn't note it as a "stayed in bed" day.

    When I try to discuss this rationally with her, she gets all upset about how she feels like she is letting us down by not "following the rules" or "not trying hard enough." I try to explain that this isn't a competition and the notes are not about tattling on bad behavior but to help her get the care she needs. I try to explain to her that I love her no matter what and that it isn't our expectations. I am not having much progress.

    Any ideas on how to fix this?
    Reply
     
    avatar
    GAP1954 responded:
    Keep the log private between you and the doctor. Make your entries when and where she does not see them and advise the doctor of her concern about the log. A part of caregiving that many people find uncomfortable is the need to become a pretty creative ?liar?. Provide the information that helps and avoid information that only upsets and makes life unpleasant.
     
    avatar
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Ugh. I am not good at sneaking around my mother. It may be the best choice though.
     
    avatar
    Johnnie38 responded:
    I don't see this as sneaking. Nurses make all sorts of notes in medical records for the docs to see and the patient or patient's advocates rarely have privvy to them. As a part of your mom's medical team, I think this is within the boundary of appropriate measures to ensure the best care for her.


    Spotlight: Member Stories

    I am a wife and mom. Our daughter just started Kindergarten, I am amazed how time has flown by. My caregiving story began about eight years ago when ...More

    Helpful Tips

    Natural Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Looking for some natural treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, or RA? Check out this article on natural therapies that are so popular ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    12 of 20 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.