Unfortunately, my Dad has been transmogrified by this disease, into an angry, cranky, unmanageable person whom I don't even recognize. I saw him in hospital yesterday, actually twice. I popped in on my way to get his wife (in a nursing home), to bring her to see him. I think he was mildly sedated as he said " Ï suppose she would come anyway even if I told her, no." This was an odd remark, I just said "yes, probably" and told him it would be 1.5 hours to get her, and left. She was no sooner there, now this is a big lady who cannot stand on her own, so it's no picnic trying to transport her, but with my son's help, I was able to get her there. She wasn't in his room five minutes when she looked at me and said "well, I guess we should be going now". I was floored. Anyway, Dad got up and put his hat on as she told him, "no, you're not going, I'm going back to my nursing home, you stay here." Then he looked at his watch, and looked at me and said " you have exactly one hour to get her wherever she has to go, and get back here". "Sure says I," wheeling her out. Earlier in the day, I'd recieved a call from the placement agency, saying " we might have a placement for him". There is a place called "The Odd Fellows Lodge". I nearly broke out laughing as my Dad always was an "oddfellow". Sleeps on top of his covers, fully dressed, including work boots and all. They have to do a risk assessment due to his having been admitted through emergency, as he had been combative.
Then, after we spent half our gas allowance for the month driving the 200 miles to get one spouse to see the other, my stepmom announces "I should have married Gus, he was in the Navy, and he wanted to marry me, my life would have been much better. My son who loves his Grampa dearly nearly drove off into the ditch. I could see him gritting his teeth. On the way home he said ït was all I could do not to tell her what he thought of that remark, she would have had a better life if she hadn't married his Grampie. She managed to run through half a million in real estate, of my Dad's, dropping it into the slots. I don't think "Gus" would've had that kind of money to throw away. So, on it goes. We wait. Then we transport to wherever they can find a bed for him, this man with the hooded eyes who has taken over my father's body. The worst thing is, I never had a chance to take him on a little trip to a closeby Island as he always took us, as children. I wanted to do that before he disappeared. There was just to much else going on. Stepping from crisis to crisis, robbing peter to pay paul, and all. If you are where I was two years back, and your parent with Alzheimers, has some lucidity left, please take him on a little trip for me.
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.