Last December, while the whole Kolkata was living in fera of bird flu……. We were eagerly waiting for our grand mother, who was visiting us after 4 years. She used to live with my ‘ Kaka’ in US. Grandmother was 78 but still she could do most of her work. One day she suddenly complained about stomach pain, she was sneezing and running temperature. We had been reading about bird flu everyday and we were worried. We took her to the doctor. The doctor confirmed that it is just a common cold and the stomach pain was due to acidity. However he advised us to take special care since her age and physical condition could bring the infection. My mother decided to keep her at home with all facilities to avoid hospital acquired infection.
If you have a sick person at home then apart from giving medicine on time it s also important to take a better care. I observed what my mother did which is as follows –
My mother shifted my grand mother to the cornermost room. It served two purpose 1) there was less noise and the room was far from kitchen. The sound of cooker whistle or stirring of vegetables and cleaning off utensils could not disturb her.
The room was near to bathroom as most of the time she needed to be taken to toilet as she was finding it difficult to walk independently.
She installed a call bell near her bed so that she can call anybody if needed.
There was amenities like radio, a television and newspaper so that the she could read something or watch T V for entertainment.
The frequent use things like water, handtowel, medicines etc were kept near her bed.
My mother also Keep the plate, glass and spoon used by my grandmother separately and she used to sterilize them before serving food.
She used to change the bedsheet everyday and the room was cleaned with antiseptic lotion.
She had kept a bottle of hand sanitizer near my grand mother’s bed so anybody coming from outside do not touch her directly.
Medicine and food were given on time . food used to have more of liquid substance which were easily digestible.
My mother used to keep a record of medicines given, time and degree of fever , time of urinating ad used to discuss it with doctor.
My mother always used to cheer up my grand mother. Sometimes due to sickness my grand mother used to feel helpless but my mother used to make us talk to her and be with her so that she doesnot feel lonely and within a week my grand mother recovered.