- Feb 13, 2007
- Loved one DX
My mother passed peacefully in her sleep Oct 23, which I am very thankful. Mom had been declining fairly gradually until the last week, and then things just went fast forward. Mom never really had any breathing problems - at least not until the last week and that was mainly due to secretions being hard to manage. I guess I had believed that as long as mom was not having "noticeable" breathing problems, she would be OK. Mom had some problems with vomiting about a month before she passed, and we had given her medication to help with nauseausness, which helped. Then, the last week, she could not tolerate her feedings at all - almost as soon as we started her feedings, she would get sick - even with medication for nauseausness. We checked for residual, and that was fine. We had hospice for about one month before she passed, and they said her body was just shutting down. Does that make sense? Any why would the body just start shutting down? Again, it is really hard for me because I don't understand why? I really thought all ALS patients would have breathing problems before passing.