Back up to this time last week (Monday), Dad WAS taken to the hospital because of pretty serious swelling in both his legs. Turns out he was admitted for 3 days due to weak kidneys which caused the swelling. Medications were moved around and 'redone' for him and he was sent home on Thursday.
Now back to yesterdays phone call from Mom....I asked her if he was in the hospital right that very moment. "YES" she said.
Me: Who took Dad to the hospital?
Mom: Diane and me. (Diane is Mom's caregiver)
Me: Which hospital did you take him to?
Mom: Baptist East. Wait a minute....Diane, which hospital is Hal in?
((I hear Diane in the background say)): "he's in bed, asleep."
Mom: OH.....((long pause)).....well, I just wanted you to know that your dad isn't doing well.
I explained to Mom that I knew he didn't feel well and that his legs hurt. I also explained that he HAD been in the hospital the week before and that was probably what she was remembering and that everything was going to be okay. I told her to please not worry or be upset, that Dad was just taking a nap trying to 'live' through the pain he was in.
That phone call was such an awkward experience for me and by Mom's reaction after Diane mentioned that Dad was asleep in bed that it was just as awkward for Mom.
At the end of our conversation Mom said in tone that seemed to be filled with shame and embarrassment "well, I'm obviously very confused.".
My poor mother. I cannot imagine living in the fear that she must be in constantly.