Hi Judy, Sue, Quincy, and "Princesa"
Thanks for your many, considered insights into the UC/hospitalization experience. They help put things in a more hopeful perspective.
Judy- I meant Ativan, not Ativa. I was told by her doctor (GM) that stopping Xanax abruptly can cause anxious people - as anyone going through seven weeks of hospitalization would be - to become extra anxious, but I did suggest that she try stopping her morning Xanax to see if it would make any difference to her fuzziness. Today was a really good day for her, from what I could see, in terms of her memory and alert
ness. The adjustment disorder, by the way, that the doc dx'ed meant that the depression/etc. was caused by her colitis, not the other way around. She is seeing a psychologist once a week now, and for the time being seems to want that, though earlier this week she didn't. It's a day-by-day thing.
Sue- She is getting Ensure "shakes", which are calorie and nutrition packed, and she seems to like and digest these pretty well. She may be starting tube feeding, b/c she's still not holding onto her weight (87.1#, down from a normal of 115#). I agree that diet seems to have a big impact on her clarity, and until things resolve further physically it won't really be possible to know exactly what's going on mentally.
"Princesa"- Hopefully the lactobacillus (2 tabs, 4x/d) is helping fix that situation too. She's been on Flagyl for a total of a month, probably, over the past seven weeks, so no doubt her gut ecology is pretty depleted.
Quincy- She's getting folate (B9) and thiamine (B1), but not B12. I think I'd read elsewhere that B12's important for memory and maintaining brain function, especially as we age. I also thought that B-vitamins needed one another to be fully effective, so if she's not getting the others she probably should. I think her Ensure beverages are pretty good for the B's.
I appreciate all your perspectives and advice, and as others have written here before, this forum is really invaluable in helping a person feel that they (or their parent) are not going through it blind, helpless, and alone.
Post Edited (paddyk) : 8/13/2008 11:36:54 PM (GMT-6)