Since you are my friends, and I tell you everything; may I tell you about the cruelty of Dementia?
My Mom lives with us now, and I am so happy to have her here. Really, I am. When she isn't having Sundowner Syndrome, and she is almost herself, it is a pleasure to be with her. Everyone who comes here likes her. Friends from her past drive a long way to visit her. They just sit with her for hours even though she can't really communicate with them.
A few nights ago, Jerry and I decided to take her off the nighttime tranquilizer because it makes her as weak as a kitten, and she falls easily.
Sure enough. Two nights without "the pill" and she can walk without help. We have been so excited because she has been so "normal" yesterday and today during the day. Very much stronger in her legs and in her arms. The last two nights weren't bad either. The Nurse's Aide noticed and our Mom-sitter noticed Mom was much better.
Tonight got here and Sundowners returned with a vengeance.
She loses her temper due to the frustration in her brain. She grabs things she isn't supposed to have such as the controllers to the TV and bed in our bedroom. She was supposed to be watching the TV in her room, but she got mixed up between her computer and her TV. She was pushing the on/off button on the CPU to change the channel on her TV.
She moves furniture around. She takes her clothes off or gets tangled up in them. She gets very mad and starts swinging if we tell her she can't have something. She tried to hit me.
It is so, so, so sad. She doesn't understand, and we feel so mean. We just had to go get "the pill" and give it to her. It took two of us to stop her tantrum and get her to take the pill. I told her we would have to take her to the hospital if she didn't take the pill. She HATES the hospital, so that worked.
Honestly, I do not know WHAT we would do if we couldn't calm her down.
She asked me if I would come pray that this would go away from her. Of course, Jerry and I will go in and pray for her. Hopefully, she will be able to go to sleep. We are waiting until 10:00 because she thinks she can't go to bed before then.
I guess I should explain that she WANTS to be in her own room watching her own TV. Jerry always watches Thunder basketball, and she isn't at all interested in that or anything else we watch. She only watches MASH or TBN. We have to take the TV controller out of her room because she insists on pushing the buttons on it, and she has no idea what she is doing. She makes the TV freeze, and she starts hollering for us.
Please pray with us for God to give us wisdom and patience to take care of her. I pray every day that God takes her home where she will have a brand new mind that she can never get lost in again.
Be back soon.