Monday, November 8, 2004
I have an elderly neighbor that has advanced Alzheimer's disease. She is in the hospital right now with a kidney and bladder infection. Some time ago she was admitted to hospital and released to her son on the condition that she was to recieve 24/7 care. That has not happened. Human services has been called in the past, the police has been called in the past, nothing has helped. I have seen injuries on this woman that you cannot get in a normal manner. Once she had a lump on her hand that I recognized to be a broken bone. Why did I know that? Because mine had been broken in the same place and I had the same identical marks . It was not one that can be recieved in a fall. Her hand had to hit into something and not in a normal type fall. The son does not take care of her. I have tried to feed this woman but she refuses to take it because "that man is coming to get me". I have watched this woman lose a lot of weight. She is basically a skeleton. This son is using her check as he has no job of his own. He has a joint bank account with her. She had lots of jewerly and coins and collector dolls. None now. The family did not come to visit her very often. Now they do not show up at all. Her other son is in Florida and is a drunk and does nothing. He is due to inherit her land unless the son here has managed to illegially get that changed. I think the state needs to take custody of her and do something but they do nothing. She is in a hospital in another state so they cannot investigate. What about when she is released? There are laws that are supposed to protect the elderly in this state but no one seems to be able to do anything for her. They say they cannot do anything. So in the meantime she is being starved to death. I will tell you this, I did not like this woman. She was a mean and spiteful person. I pity her now. I do not hold her past against her. I cannot. I do not know how to make my heart that hard. I cannot see how her own son can do this. Yes, I am one of the people that has called and I will continue to do so.
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