Posted 1/18/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -6)
I called my gmas family doc (first) and explained to him what was going with her, so I tricked her into going for a routine physical. She would never have gone if I told her it was to check her mental status. Anyway, he wasn't 100% that she has AD. He did state that she may be experiencing some sort of dementia - but the possibility of AD is still there. Some more testing has to be done. She does exhibit signs of sundowners and from what I read, this can be an early indication of AD?
So anyway, here are my questions. I'm trying to understand her behavior - if a such thing can happen! But she is highly secretive when she gets something to eat. I have told her numerous times that she doesn't have to hide what she is getting out of the cupboard because our food is her food. She will take cookies out of the cupboard and when I walk into the kitchen, she quickly puts it back like she was doing something wrong. Plus, I have found cookies with one bite out of them and then they're put back. Any ideas on how to handle that?
Also, her temper gets short with my husband and my daughter. This makes my hubby feel sort of bad, like he's doing something wrong and I won't even start on with my daughter. I'm a constant referee between gma and my daughter. My daughter is 12 and no matter what, she seems to not be able to do anything right by my gma though she tries! She has since become immune to her antics since I've explained to her to not take it personally. My son and I can do no wrong in her eyes but I'm tired of being the referee. I guess this wasn't so much a question but a vent!
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