My mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2010. This is a blog about coming to terms with her absent mind.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

More Tuesday stuff

We've had a major sundowning this afternoon. It lasted for well over two hours and hadn't really ended when I finally helped her to bed at 6. The desire to go to bed gets earlier and earlier too, today it started at 14:10 which is just not going to happen. I've struggled with a dodgy tum for a couple of days so really didn't fancy going out anywhere today. Although, it doesn't seem to make any difference. Days when we do go out and days when we don't, appear to have a similar effect on her behaviour later in the day. Plus 'wearing her out' by taking her places often makes things worse not better, these days she really can't cope with trips which take longer than a couple of hours at most, including travelling to and from.

On a good note, her appetite seems to be fairly stable at the moment. Not huge by any means but I do generally manage to get a range of foods inside her every day. I'd be happier if she drank a bit more but compared to how she was when she came out of hospital, it's much improved.


Things I say at least ten times a day (this week):

Take your trousers/pyjamas off before putting your pyjamas/trousers on.

It's the television. It isn't real.

Peter isn't coming this week.

Which 'thing' is that?

It's the television, it isn't real.

No you can't have alcohol at 8/9/10/11 am.

Why is this here? ('this' varies as does 'here' ie incontinence pad in the fridge/slipper under the pillow)

No I don't want to get into bed with you, thank you.

Please try and focus on the happy times you had together.

It's the television, it isn't real.

If you go to bed this early you will be up in the night. Yes you do. Regularly.

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