Happy news!

I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, because I didn’t want to ill-wish a positive trend, but I’m happy to report that my Mom is doing extremely well.  She was in the hospital last week and came out a new woman.  For the first time in years (perhaps decades) she’s . . . oh, I don’t know how to say it, but alive.  She hasn’t had her youth restored, but she’s had some of her personality and vitality brought back.  For so many years I’ve been dealing with a depressed, anxious, angry, paranoid, neurotic, hypochondriacal sick person, that it’s just amazing to walk into the room and see a fairly alert, rather sweet little old lady.  I’m not sure what alchemy happened at the hospital during her last stay there; I just know it made her, and therefore me, happy.  No matter how much longer this lasts, even if only a few more days, I’m celebrating each moment.

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  • http://callanprimer.com kali

    How wonderful! My prayers are for both of you.
    I’m curious, though–was she in any way dehydrated? When my mother had to be hospitalized for an unrelated issue, they found she was dangerously dehydrated thanks to a new medication she’d been taking, and immediately set about rehydrating her. The results were outsized. No more rambling, or paranoia, or unnatural clumsiness. I had thought it was the pain driving it, but it was dementia due to dehydration.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Perfect question, kali, because my Mom had the opposite problem:  she was retaining water in such vast amounts that it was interfering with her heart and lung function.  I think this problem had been going on for years.  What everyone (my Mom included) assumed was just the plumpness that comes with advancing age was, in fact, slowly developing congestive heart failure.  I do think, though, that the process of squeezing her dry (a combination of diuretics and fluid limitations) did cause her to be temporarily dehydrated which worsened her mental condition.  That is, for a time, she had both CHF and a hydration problem.

  • Michael Adams

    Answered prayer.  Alleluia!

  • Ron19

    Good point, Kali.

    My wife in the last few years has suffered several bouts of dementia due to several bladder infections and a surgical infection.  The treatments have been anti-biotics and rehydration. 

    She has had recurring bladder infections, but one really got away from her (and us) because 1. it came up quickly 2. it was more than we were used to 3. she was by herself babysitting her great grandchild and 4. it really hit her hard.  This big one, she was hospitalized and infused with antibiotics and three gallons of water before she started urinating again.  She has had several since then, but not as bad, because all of us are getting better at noticing early symptoms.

    The surgical infection (replacement elbow) was fairly bad, and necessitated removing the implant and a six week regime of multiple infused antibiotics.  When she finally got a replacement implant, the doctor went heavy on the antibiotics again, and she has not had any infections since.

    Bookworm, I’m glad your mother didn’t go through the infection route and is better now.

    Dementia is indeed a medical problem which can come from one of many directions.  It needs medical diagnosis and response. 

    My grandmother suffered from dementia, probably from old age or Alzheimers, and was not treated for it (40 years ago).  All we could do was watch her slowly deteriorate over about 5 to ten years, and there was nothing we could do about it, except to eventually put her in a home for the elderly.  And that just about broke my mother’s heart.



    For what it’s worth. My mother was diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimers and was treated. It didn’t make a bit of difference. The drugs that are available may slow up the progression. I say ‘may’ because I continued to see a steady decline over a seven-year period. In the last year of her life, I could no longer take care of her and had to place her in a care facility (she was falling) and breaking bones. Her dispostion never changed throughout the entire ordeal – chipper, happy and full of smiles.

    As an aside, sometimes a low sodium count can cause confusion/dementia type symptoms as well due to dehydration.   

    Book, I am glad you met the mother you never saw before. What a gift – an awakening of sorts. Enjoy it. 

  • DL Sly

    What a wonderful gift!  Hold onto it as tightly as you can it will be a source of great comfort in darker times.

  • http://thoughtyoudneverask.blogspot.com/ zabrina

    I am so happy to hear this good news!
    Have been thinking of you often in the last two weeks since my 84-year-old Mom fell and broke her ankle. I’ve been running back and forth to her place and everywhere else. She’s having surgery on Monday, then I get to “nurse” her at our place (I am no nurse!). Your weeks of “nursing” have been much more intense, and I am so relieved your mother is better. As always, I appreciate your sharing these things–they help others more than you’ll ever know.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    That’s just WONDERFUL…..I’m so very happy for all of you!
    During the last few years before he passed, my Dad’s mentation improved MARKEDLY with IV Vitamin B….his gut wasn’t absorbing it from food or the pills.
    The other thing I wonder about is whether your Mom was on a bunch of meds….and did the hospital work on those and get rid of some.