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Old 02-02-2009, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How long to elderly live once morphine starts

She's 92. nothing directly wrong, just old.

What do you guys think?
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on how much. Once they started giving my grandfather it, it was maybe 2 weeks. Not sure of the dosage increases they made at this point, it was 7.5 years ago, but I know it was high the last 48 hours he was alive because of all the paperwork we had to sign to get it released from the pharmacy.
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wife who is rn. say's " two to three weeks" is about normal. Sorry I could not give you good news.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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from plenty of experience over the last couple of years it's not long. My wifes grandmother passed away last Thursday at 94. She had been on morphine for about 2 weeks after breaking her hip, having replacement surgery and then breaking several other bones. She was very fortunate to have been a healthy woman all her life up until the last few months.
My father passed away in late 2007 from serious COPD. He had been on morphine for about 1 to 2 weeks.
No to be macabre but I would make sure to say anything I needed to say to them, spend as much time as you can and try to put their mind at rest as much as possible.

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2 weeks was my experience.
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My Grandma gave up the ghost in less than 24 hours a month ago at the age of 87 battling her 5th bout of cancer. She was a tough old lady.

The nice thing about the morphine is it really is that peaceful "in your sleep" sort of way everyone talks about.
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The last four of my relatives went out that way.I guess you could say its the most "humane" way.. And like most of the above, its been 1-2 weeks...its tough..
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My dad passed the same day that he started on morphine, he was 85 at the time.

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Old 02-03-2009, 02:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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92 year old gramps is currently in Hospice and recieving it after a bad stroke. Started the morphine 2 days ago... we expect that it is only going to be a couple of days now.

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Old 02-03-2009, 03:04 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Is she getting palliative or comfort care?
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A few days was my experience
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the hospice nurse told us 10 to 14 days was typical. my granny rocked on for 2 months. I guess my granny just liked to party and didn't wanna quit
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My great grandmother lasted less than a week, really I want to say only 3 or so days but I can't honestly recall now.

But, she was having other major medical problems and she decided she was done and stopped all medical treatment.
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alot longer if you snag a little for yourself
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funny how they always seem to need a double dose when we come to visit
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What is the difference betweeen palliative and comfort care?

This is someone that when she passes my living situation will have to change within 90 days of her passing so the estate can be taken care of, I am just trying to get some idea of what kind of timeline i could possibly see. I know counting days is foolish but wanted to hear a consensous.

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Hold on folks.... Morphine is once again a good pain medicine. It doesn't mean you'll die in a week.

They started my wife on mophine post op (most of her colon had been removed) as it was one of the few pain killers that really helped her with making her sick.

For my Dad, well he was just too fiesty for them. About a year with Hospice and had morphine for eight months to take the edge off. About 9 months into the cancer, he slipped into a coma. Mom thought it was it as he hadn't woken for three days. Monsenoiur stopped by (last rites). Hospice Nurse was there, social worker... Pretty much a full house, and Mom never let anyone go hungary at lunch so she was busy making sandwiches.... Yep, Dad walked out kitchen to say hellow and commented "Gee Honey, I'm hungary... breakfast didn't fill me up!".
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Last year my Granny was on it for about 5 weeks. Eventually they shut her oxygen off because she kept hanging on. She was just a few days shy of her 95th birthday.
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My dad made it little over 2 weeks.
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It took 3 weeks for my mother to pass (once she was on hospice)
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Hold on folks.... Morphine is once again a good pain medicine. It doesn't mean you'll die in a week.

They started my wife on mophine post op (most of her colon had been removed) as it was one of the few pain killers that really helped her with making her sick.

obviously you missed the context of the thread. I doubt your wife is 90+ years old.

the question was geared toward the use of morphine given to elderly pacients to ease the pain and suffering in their last days
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my gramps made it 7 days. he had battled Alzheimer's
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obviously you missed the context of the thread. I doubt your wife is 90+ years old.

the question was geared toward the use of morphine given to elderly pacients to ease the pain and suffering in their last days
My wife was 47 when her colon blew up.... Most docs commented that usually doesn't happen until you are almost 90+ years old!

I caught that.... but my Dad was on it for eight months! He was 80 but young for his family as most hit 90, if not 100. Just wanted to point out it doesn't mean "just a few days".
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