** BTW .in future hun could you make sure caps are off as it looks like you are yelling** lol and I know you arent....thanks
Sorry about the caps, I didn't even realize it.
As far as the benzo's go, being on Klonopin myself for anxiety I have tried to ween my myself off and it is impossible. But going through all of this with Mom, I feel that they are necessary for me at this time. I am on the minimal dosage actually less then that.
I see my Mom get agitated and I don't mind her being on something. But the Xanax is simply out of the question, period!!! She is now back on the Ativan and take 0.25 mg in the morning and 0.25 at night. So the dosage is low and that is fine with me. But if they call me and say that they are going to up it because of more agitation, I am going to tell them to deal with it. Xanax is just one of those that you have to keep raising because it does not stay in your system long enough. I was on that as well, and thank goodness I was able to switch without going through any withdrawl.
Also, when I get her made delivered to my home from the medicare mail order, I only take down enough for one month supply. That way I keep track and if she were to run out sooner, then either they are going her more or else someone is stealing them. They have to be locked up in a separate cabinet within the medicine cabinet.
I do hope that you are feeling better now. There has been a lot of sickness going on. Today I have to go in for an MRI of my neck. I tend to get dizzy at times. But, I also do not have a curve in my neck which you are suppose to and that can cause symptoms.
Oh yes, please forgive my ignorance but what is IMHO stand for?
She is now off of the Xanax, and back on the Ativan. There seems to be a communication glitch with the facility and myself as to how much she is given. I am reading on Dementia with Lewy Bodies that Benzo's are not good for these people. But how do you ween her off such a small dosage? I need to see them today after my doctors appointment. When I went there yesterday I was told that she was having a bad day but not from the person that works there but by 2 family members that saw her when she went into this state. She just sat there and shook. I have seen this before. She will have a blank stare and her arms will shake. So I wrap her up in a blanket and hold her hands and tell her everything will be okay. Then it shall pass in about 2-3 minutes.
She is also on Celexa and a water pill. She does have congestive heart failure and noticed yesterday that her one foot was swollen.
I simply hate this dreadful disease. I hate to see her suffer. She is aware that she is not right. She told my husband yesterday that she thought something was wrong with her heart because she didn't feel well. She would tell him and not me, because she knows that I worry so much. Well, I can't help it, she is my Mom and I love her.
I will post back when I get home from the facility and let you know what they said.
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 9/25/2008 5:14:34 PM (GMT-6)