Monday, January 26, 2009
Dealing with Dementia
We've put our mental illness night on hold because we're dealing with real mental illness in the family. Saturday my brother called me in the middle of the afternoon to tell me my mother had gone by ambulance to the hospital because she had become uncontrollably paranoid in the hospital wing of her residence complex.
Only the night before we'd spoken and she sounded very rational and on top of things, finally putting together the weird experience she'd had at the start of the month when she was in the hospital for two weeks following an incident with her leg.
My brother called again right before our friends came for dinner to tell me they were already sending her back home from the hospital. Bet those nurses who sent her away weren't thrilled by her quick return on a Saturday night.
I spoke to her the next morning and she sounded her usual self. She remembered that my brother and my nephew had come by for visits, but had no memory of any trip to the hospital.
I tried five times to reach her on the phone today but only spoke to her just now. She was in a bad state again, alas. The nurse who transferred me said she hoped I could help calm her down but she was too worked up and didn't want to talk to me either. Poor Mom.
I'm going to New Jersey to see her early Wed. so this blog will get quiet for a while.