Can't tell what symptoms are from what...

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/20/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
They started my dad on Lorazepam (Ativan) at the very beginning of the month. His encephilopothy symptoms seem to be getting worse. Only I can't tell, and nobody else knows either, if this is from the illness progressing more, or from the Lorazepam. He's having full on hallucinations, which could also be from the morphine pump (I don't know the dosage because they change it all the time, as well as give him bollises (sp?) when he needs them. He's lucid, but his lucidity is mixed with confusion, if that makes sense. For example, I had to move his truck from where he had been living, to my house. I went to pick up the keys from him, and he understood I was picking up the truck, but was saying that I needed to be careful because it had 1978 tags on it. It's got 2008 tags on it. So he knows what's going on around him, but he gets things very confused.

Anyone deal with anything like this?

ETA: I wanted to add that he is not as jaundiced as he was before. In fact, hardly at all. But the hospice nurse says this is not a good thing. Anyone know what she's talking about?

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 11/20/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   

I do know that morphine causes some people to have hallucinations.  As far as the confusion, it would be difficult to say if it's from the combination of Ativan and morphine or if it's encephalopathy from ammonia.  Could be a combination of all 3.

I have no idea what the nurse meant by her statement regarding the jaundice.

"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

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