My grandmother is 78 been gradually forgetting things for the past couple of years. I was hospitalized a few times this year for Crohn's related surgeries. The last time I was in the Hospital (late June) my grandparents were there evryday. Also more recently she had been on a shopping binge (small items such as stuffed animals, outdoor items ex bird bath (which has fake flowers in it), pinwheels etc. Also from what I understand she had set up the different rooms in her house as different themes ex: a kokopelli throw blanket is hanging from the wall with my "tribal" drum in front of it I also think she has more in that display as well. she bought a few canes recently too she has osteoporosis and multiple compression fractures.
18 yrs ago she had a nervous breakdown and has been on Adivan since, also she is a breast cancer survivor. My grandparents anniversarry was July 2 they have been married 58 years. The weekend after their anniv. we had dinner over at my parents house and she refused to eat saying it was constipation but stated that she ate breakfast. A week or so later she went to the ER complaining of dizzyness, being lightheaded etc, at this point she had been eating again. They did a CT of her brain and found multiple TIAs from the past and more recent. They kept her in the holding area overnight not knowing if she was going to be admitted. In the morning sje woke up and was confused to where she was (she fell asleep in 1 room and awoke in another) they called my grandfather he went down and she relaxed.
A cpl of weeks later she was drinking less and barely eating if eating at all. She kept complaining of nausea. On the 22 my mother went to her house before a relatives birthday party and she wasnt great, her brother and sister in law (grandmothers...my mother and I are only children) were there while my mother and father were at the party. After the party my parents went back over to the house. Due to her lack of eating she was barely walking. She had been in pain since she fell the week before and caused another compression fracture. At that walk in clinic they did x rays, then later they called her to go back the next day for another xray, her brother and sister in law took her. She said she had to use the retroom and my great aunt brought her in and then my grandmother asked what to do when in the bathroom. My aunt reasponded that she told them she had to urinate. Then my grandmother said oh yeah I sit down for that right?
Ok back to the not eating. After the party when my folks went back there my mother smelled they keytones on her breath and called the rescue. She is going to be in the hospital until tomorrow medicare said she is stable and they wont pay for her to stay anymore. They did 3 EEGs and on the 2nd one a seizure was noted and now she is on dilantin. She is now off of paxil but still on adivan, as well as another depression med. They started her on 2 more meds as well one is an antipsychotic the other is for alzheimers. Some days she does great eating again others she claims she wants someone to give her something so she can die.
This just made me question what type of brain disease is going on in this case. I wonder if it is Alzheimer's, dementia or due to the long term adivan or maybe a combo of these. Today my folks are out looking for a nursing home even though they saved $ so they could be taken care of at home. We are also having financial issues with them ex my mom's name is not on the house only on the will. Also they dont understand the gifting money to family members so that the other spouce will have $ to live off of they worked so hard for their money I just dont want a nursing home to take it all away.
I went off on a tangent , sorry I do that quite often
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987