Hello fellow carers,
I am wondering if anyone else has the same worry as me. My mum sleeps a great deal. I know some of you wish that your caree would sleep but I do worry that my mum sleeps too much. One day when I popped out while she was sleeping I got unavoidedly delayed, through no fault of my own, I was frantic with worry and as I had no one to check on her I feared anything could have happened to her. Nope, there she was still fast asleep curled up like a little child. She had slept for 15 hours.
When I woke her up, you have to wake her up now she never wakes on her own now, she was grumpy and obviously didn't want to get up. I did get her up but worried about the amount of time she had slept, because less than 6 hours later she was back in bed fast asleep again. Is it normal to sleep as much, it is really deep sleeping too, when you wake her she looks like a startled rabbit.
I suppose I am lucky, mum is very compliant, I have no problems with violence etc, she is just happy to sit looking at TV (I don't think she knows what is going on in the programs) or going out for a ride in the car and a cup of coffee; she no longer reads or does puzzles anymore and I miss that. She seems to be very "vacant" is about the best way of describing her, she has no memories at all left, not even from her childhood, my childhood or her life with dad, how very sad I am for that. Thankfully mum doesn't know that she doesn't have any memories. She can not do anything for herself, her whole day is a series of instructions, even prompting her to eat during mealtimes. I cry for my lost mum, how evil is this mixed dementia that has taken her from me. Sorry all, just having a teary moment there.