My mom has been in the ICU for 5 weeks now. She had the flu, then pneumonia and went into septic shock. At the hospital she was sedated and ventilated. Her kidneys failed and she requires dialysis. About 2.5 weeks in she got a trach put in and they stopped the sedation. Today she is still on the ventilator and intermittent dialysis and has ICU delirium. I think she understands quite a lot, but it comes in waves.
Any ideas/suggestions for ways to make her feel better emotionally? She can't talk or lift her hands and it's so hard to watch when she tries to communicate because we usually can't understand. We have played music, massaged her with lotion, read to her, positive attitude, etc. Just looking to see if there are any other ideas that won't overwhelm her. It's a helpless feeling being in this situation!
Thank you for any ideas!