Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Scarry Happenings

Muddear has been exhibiting increased confusion during the last few days. It's odd, because not only has she been confused, her countenance is not right - from facial expression to posture, etc. Even Muddear's sleeping habits are all wrong - from increased sleeping during the day to increased sleeplessness throughout the night. Typically, Muddear is not a "napper" regardless of the amount of sleep (or lack thereof) she received the night before.

This "odd" behavior culminated on Thursday evening when I was commuting home from work while Mike and the kids were at home. Initially, Muddear was yelling and throwing things down the stairs. Very strange - this has never happened before. Mike tried talking to Muddear, with he hope of calming her down, to no avail. Then the scare of our lives... Muddear came tumbling down the stairs! I was about 5 minutes away from home - Mike did his best to make sure there were no obvious broken bones. Upon arrival, we took Muddear to Emergency.

By the grace of God, Muddear's only injury was a sprained ankle. X-rays, CAT Scans, blood work, urine analysis, and more were conducted. The only explanation - Dementia, although the doctor was concerned about potential dehydration. The hospital placed a splint on Muddear's right leg and we brought her home the same night.

Since Thursday, I continue to be concerned about Muddear's behavior and we are keeping a close eye on her. She has been extremely lethargic and disinterested in food. I will keep you posted. Please keep us in your prayers.


Glorious Hats said...

Oh dear, scary indeed. Will continue to hold you in my heart and thoughts and sending cyber hugs. Jane

njm said...

Thanks Jane! Hugs are definitely appreciated! :-)