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Darwin Award.

Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 12 Dec, 2015 5:28 pm

My mother in law who was 95 had an acute case of dementia. Diagnosed 14 years ago - a long time for a dementia sufferer.
She was in the very final stage of the disease - stopped eating and drinking. You could feed her with a spoon but the food or drink would stay in her mouth - forget to chew and swallow.

She was getting terribly distressed as the symptoms of not eating and especially drinking started to break down the body function. We could get a few teaspoons of water or fruit juice down her.
She was getting terrible cramps - you could see them.
Some suggested that we feed her some electrolyte water such as Hydralite or Gatorade.

We bought a couple of bottle of Hydralite and started to spoon some in. The carers were also trying to feed her with this as well.
Came back next day. A carer told us.

Can't feed her electrolytes - the doctor had forbid this because of the salt in these and this may cause a heart attack. The Nursing Home policy was to follow doctors orders in case of a legal issue.

She died two days later from dehydration and starvation.
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Post by T-Modell » Sat 12 Dec, 2015 5:50 pm

I'm really sorry to hear that. I'm struggeling for some time now with my mother, same case, just earlier in time. She was overweight (100kgs), now 68kgs. Doesn't like to chew anymore etc. etc.

I do hope, that when the time comes, the "house doctor" here will be more reasonable.

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Post by konrad » Sat 12 Dec, 2015 8:08 pm

Tell the Doctor to "F" off and YOU take charge. My mother was the same. We took her out of hospital to her home and into the care of Silver Chain nurses.
They are absolute Saints and would do anything to make Mum's last day comfortable. She passed away peacefully with her family around her.
Thoughts and prayers with you both.

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Post by Ivanerrol » Sun 13 Dec, 2015 11:47 am

konrad wrote:Tell the Doctor to "F" off and YOU take charge. My mother was the same. We took her out of hospital to her home and into the care of Silver Chain nurses.
They are absolute Saints and would do anything to make Mum's last day comfortable. She passed away peacefully with her family around her.
Thoughts and prayers with you both.

Phil
We had our M.I.L. at home but she kept getting lost inside the house. We needed to put up signs and arrows in the house to stop her getting confused.
The other point was that she sometimes wandered outside. You cant keep your eyes on her all the time. A couple of times the neighbors bought her back after she had wandered into their houses by mistake - lost.
You can't keep your eyes on people with dementia 24 hours a day. We were worried that she would get up in the middle of the night to go to the loo get lost and wander out the door.
She got lost down at the Gold Coast one time - for hours. We were frantic. It only took seconds for her to get lost. B.I.L. turned his head to close a door in a hotel. M.I.L wandered into an open lift - gone in seconds.

In the end the memory specialist ordered us to put her in a aged facility.

I have nothing against the aged facility or carers and nursing staff in general. They were very good to M.I.L. she was in car for 6 years. 14 years is a long time to suffer dementia.

Doctors are always interested in keeping you alive or your well being - this is not necessarily always the best thing for the patient.
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Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 14 Dec, 2015 2:48 pm

Sorry to hear this has happened. It is something we all have to deal with sooner or later.

My mum and dad are on the other side of the planet. In their seventies but still in good health - for now.
My brother lives down the road from them, but my S.I.L. has an unexplained grudge against my parents (and she is a nurse) so I do not expect any help from them.

My dad went to a funeral the other day of a friend. Smoked cigars all his life and never a day in hospital. Died at 89 in his chair in his own home - I can only hope to leave this world like that.


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Post by markb » Wed 16 Dec, 2015 9:46 pm

Can relate to it all Les, as my 82 y.o mum has had Alzeimers for over 10 years now, and having been in care for just over a year, she is sadly nearing her final weeks or even days.
On a positive note, she doesn't know she has it and my dad now lives within walking distance of her, so after nearly 59 years of marriage, he can spend a lot of time with her.

It can be very hard to watch someone so close gradually wasting away, but you have to view it as 'living grieving' as her quality of life is disappearing .....thanks for letting me get some of this off my chest guys....
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Re: Darwin Award.

Post by Ivanerrol » Thu 17 Dec, 2015 1:35 pm

As we get older we are finding out that Dementia / Alzheimer's is really very prevalent out there in the community.

Our Parish Priest's mother passed away from it only this Monday Gone.
The company painter's mother is also close - she was only diagnosed one year ago and has only been in a home since February this year.

My own mother is in a low care unit - no wheel chairs allowed. The unit is supposed to be for those with physical health problems who can't live alone.
There are 30 residents at the facility. 10 or more with early onset or middle stage dementia - there is no room at high care facilities for these people.
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Post by T-Modell » Thu 17 Dec, 2015 6:09 pm

markb wrote:Can relate to it all Les, as my 82 y.o mum has had Alzeimers for over 10 years now, and having been in care for just over a year, she is sadly nearing her final weeks or even days.
On a positive note, she doesn't know she has it and my dad now lives within walking distance of her, so after nearly 59 years of marriage, he can spend a lot of time with her.

It can be very hard to watch someone so close gradually wasting away, but you have to view it as 'living grieving' as her quality of life is disappearing .....thanks for letting me get some of this off my chest guys....
Same here, I can feel with you. My mum's just turned 80 and deteriorating quickly, especially this year. Dementia started 2006 slowly, but two weeks ago, she mixed me up with my father for the first time. Hard to talk to her now. I would have wished her a better end of life.
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