Patient :My Grandma is in the hospital, she is 84 years old. She went to the hospital hurting and they couldn't find anything wrong with her so they sent her home with morphine. So, for about a week she took that everyday until she went back to the hospital because she started hurting again and so they gave her more morphine and that didn't even phase the pain. So, they did multiple tests and found out two days later it was her gallbladder. They said it was so bad that she almost had gangrene and she has diabetes so it would've killed her. So, they did surgery and it was good, but two hours later she stopped breathing and put her on a ventilator. Then, 4 hours later they took her off and she could breath on her own. But, they kept on giving her pain medication morphine and then lortab. She woke up fine the first day after surgery. But then two days later, she wouldn't wake up. We can shake her and she wakes up for a few seconds and talks, but she can barely talk, then she goes right back to sleep. It's been 5 days now, the doctor says it's delirium from the pain medication. But, I think she should've woken up now even if it's that. What do you think it is?
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