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

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Weekend 21/01

Well I'm still not flavour of the month and have the bruises to prove it.

The morning started just after 5 with her banging on the front door. I made a cup of tea and eventually persuaded her back into bed after a bit of pushing and shoving (her not me!). When I came back down at 7ish she was fast asleep but the apron was missing from the kitchen - I keep the keys to the patio doors in the pocket so couldn't let the dog out until I found it. Eventually tracked it down to the back corner of the pantry but no idea what she was up to.

Breakfast was received in sulky silence and she refused to get up until 12:45 when I made her scrambled egg on toast. I had to cut it up for her as she seems to have lost most of her cutlery skills now.

Peter phoned so naturally she now asks me every five minutes when he is arriving. Next Friday is the answer. And seems a very very long way off after the 14th repetition already. She was all fluffy with him on the phone, very dismissive about me (which I do find quite amusing) and seems to think that he won't have all the doors locked when he's here next week. Steep learning curve then.

Repetitive behaviours continue. We are on a five minute cycle at the moment which includes banging on the door/trying the handle, asking if we are going now, offering me a cushion, putting the foot stool on the table and waving at the neighbours blank wall. When I suggested a trip out this morning she refused to go so I don't think it's actually about going out just a general feeling of restlessness.

I've collected her new medication and we start the additional tablets tonight. They are to help with the hallucinations and have quite a sedative effect I understand so it will be interesting to see how we get on. It could be a very quiet Sunday!


Double blips today. Yesterday's is here and today's is here

Today's was part of the ongoing 2012 challenge where a different topic is posted each week. This week it is Disguise, and that is what I came up with.



Last night went well after a small fall out of bed early on. No injuries and she was clearly affected by the drugs so went back to bed happily enough and slept through until half seven. Impressive snoring at one point too!

Today she has been a lot calmer than of late and although still trying the door occasionally, nowhere near as often as yesterday. The random sentence construction is the same and an obsession with trying to sit on tables seem to be the highlights of today. Oh... that and eating things. Not a massive amount but less of a battle than usual.

As I type it's 21:45 and I'm off to bed as soon as Birdsong has finished. She's been up three times already but as ever I'm hopeful that this won't continue.

Today's blip


It's now 11:28 and she's been up every 5 minutes in the last 45 so possibly not quite the night I was hoping for. It's amazing. Seroquel, Zopiclone and Epilim would flatten me! 

1 comment:

  1. Hi there, just letting you know your blog has been included in the mental health carnival thanks so much.