Yeah you definitely know what I'm talking about. At least your grandma was aware what was happening. My mom was so disoriented and walked around really carefree which made the situation so clueless. My mom once tried to poop in my sister's wastebasket in her bathroom and missed. My sister had to pick that sucker up too but at least it was in one piece and.... DRY.
Most diapers are too bulky and she'll end up removing it herself. The most stressful thing about this is that she's not aware of it happening which is giving me a phobia now. It's not like a cold where you catch it and then it goes away. Pooping is a necessity of life and usually done daily.
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 3/28/2009 10:39:05 AM (GMT-6)
YOUR mom has Alzheimers
I Pray you do not ever get this DD
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 3/28/2009 10:40:29 AM (GMT-6)
That's why dementia is bliss for the one suffering more so than the caregiver. You being of sound mind feels shame and embarassment for your daughter's cleanup but not my mom. Don't get me wrong, of course I'm not saying she's having a ball with this disease either. She gets very jumpy and scared and doesn't know why a lot of times and I know from personal experience with an Anxiety disorder that it's not fun.
This past week she's been wearing depends with the side strip that pulls off but she's been pretty good about keeping it on. She's been dry too so that's been a blessing. Being someone who likes to go light she will want to be back in her panties real soon. I just hope once she starts to poop again that she will go in the toilet and not in the diaper. That will be a whole new chapter and headache in my life.
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 3/28/2009 10:42:31 AM (GMT-6)
The Nuerologist prescribed Bactrim for my mom's UTI. She's suppose to take it twice a day for 7 days. I started the first dose Wed night. She got up at 2 in the morning and peed right there in the hallway between our bedrooms. I stepped right into it when I got up when I heard her walking around. To be on the safe side I'm only going to have her take it at night. The last thing I need is to have her disoriented at the daycare center. On Tuesday night she peed in the trashcan in the bathroom. The liner had a hole so her pee leaked right into the carpet. It smells like chemical. So now there are 2 places with that odor.
Her bowel movement has been practically non exsistent. She may go once every 4 days and they are always hard and few. I wonder if giving her rice dream in place of milk is doing it. She eats prunes and bran cereal daily as well as yogurt and plenty of fruits and vegetables. She eats very little meat.
Finally her doctor prescribed Ambien which I have yet to give her. She's up at least 3 times a night and I've had less than 3 hours of sleep nightly. This doesn't ever get easier or better.
As I recall my mother slept well with Tylenol PM but being that it is still a pain reliever and my mother has no pain I didn't feel it was right for her to keep taking it. My cousin who's an Anethesiologist said Tylenol is notorious for causing liver damage in countless people.
I gave her half a 5mg of Ambien last night and she didn't sleep through the night. I'm afraid of giving her the full dose because of all the negative stuff I've heard.
She's still not going #2. Honestly I prefer this to diareha. I hope the Bactrim won't do just that.
Thanks for the warning about Ambien. What is a safe and useful sleep aid for dementia people?
Update on Ambien. My mom isn't exactly sleeping through the night but she is snoring which means she's in a deep sleep with it. She still gets up to pee throughout the night even after she's taken Ambien.
I took her to get an MRI 3 weeks ago. She wouldn't stay still because the loud noise was bothering her. I ended up holding her hand and rubbing her leg the whole time. I was wondering if I was getting the MRI too. When the got her out of the tunnel she was crying and her face was beet red. Afterwards she was smiling and laughing like a kid when we got to leave the place.
Today she had her teeth cleaned at the dentist. She refused to open her mouth wide enough for the x-rays to be taken so now she has to live with the 2 cavities in her mouth because without the x-rays the dental office has no proof to bill Medicare. What can I do? The dentist and assistant were quite annoyed with her for fidgeting so much during the cleaning. I wish doctors of all fields would take classes in having some patience and sympathy instead of acting like we're wasting their money making time.
...Thanks Snowy.............. .....Nothing Truer IMHO
Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 3/28/2009 10:44:03 AM (GMT-6)
She was at the same dental office over a year ago. At that time it was an older dentist who kept chit chatting with the young pretty dental assistant which made my mom really nervous from all the excess talking. I asked him to stop and he did for about a minute and then continued. I complained to the office manager and told her we need another dentist for the next time. I took my mom 3 Saturdays in a row to get her teeth cleaned and had multiple fillings done. At least then she still held still but this time she wouldn't cooperate at all. I am very worried about what's to come as she progresses....
Yesterday she took a blanket and walked around the house with it. I told her to leave it in the living room so she wouldn't dirty it. It became a tug of war with her when she wouldn't let go. I finally grabbed it from her and she accidentally scratched my face missing my eye by a fraction of an inch. I got so mad I called her the f*& b word and told her I wished she was dead. She got really scared and went to her room. I then started to cry really hard and got a flash back of my life the last 6 years and how much longer will this last. How did my youth escape me?