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Red_34
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   Posted 2/19/2007 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lyn (and everyone else :-) ), I have a question about Sundowners.  My 87 year old grandmother is in the hospital and has been there for the past 4 days due to a bladder procedure.  But during her stay there, she has been majorly confused and disorientated.  She is normally a little "out of it" at home (she lives with me) but she has never been this confused before.  The nurses said that it's Sundowners and for the 2 past nights at the hospital, they've had to strap her down because she was getting violent with the nurses and trying to get out of bed.  So my question is, how typical is it for her mental status to go back to normal once she is home with familiar surroundings?  Have anyone heard of Sundowners subsiding after getting home?  I guess I'm trying to prepare myself if in the event that it doesn't go away.  I love my gma dearly but I won't be able to care for her properly if she stays this confused. And it breaks my heart just thinking of putting her in a home, but I don't see any alternative if her confusion lasts.  Thanks sad
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   Posted 2/19/2007 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry
With my mom it did subside ONCE home she was so upset and disoriented from being in the hospital and was angry I had let her go there lol
She had pneumonia at the time and what else could I do as well her COPD was really in uproar
Sometimes if it goes too long or gets way outta control to be honest and thats what I want to be with you No it probably wont change BUT thats not to say her attitude will not change at all it will or I should say should get somehwhat back to the " norm" when home and in her 'Safe Zone"
The other good place to look for about this is alzinfo .com in our HW resources
I know mom was okay when she got home actually took just a couple of days and then her anger and frustration was mostly all gone but for a few times when she would revert back to hospital memories
I wish you all the best and your grama too
Please know I am keeping you"s in thoughts and prayers
It is a great thing that you have her at home with you I feel it is a blessing most times yet it can be a rough road too
Please dont hesitate to come over n chat about it okay
Snowy is our resident expert on many things here as well ..lol
Take care
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Red_34
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   Posted 2/20/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lyn :) Things were way rough this morning when I got to the hospital, but I managed to calm my gma down in about 15 minutes. I was able to stay with her for about 3 1/2 hours but then I had to come home for my kids. I sincerely hope that this only a temporary thing and I'm wishing that when I go there tomorrow that she will be a little more in her head. They're going to try changing a few of her meds to see if that helps. It's always nice to have hope isn't it??
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   Posted 2/21/2007 3:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Really when it comes to this DD thats all there is and it is sad at times .It just robs us of so much and them of course
Hoping you have a better day and your gma too.maybe chaging meds is what will help
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