Since last summer my mother in law has exhibited some odd behaviour. At the time I just thought she was being deliberately nasty to me and was not very sympathetic but now think it might be signs of dementia or uti?
She suddenly started talking at me in an aggressive manner, shoving her face into mine and glaring at me with a hateful look frequently. She also seemed paranoid and wanting somehow to provoke a row with me. Her husband seemed to join in and doesn't seem to admit any oddness going on. I suppose after 58 years of marriage he will be very loyal to her. She refers to our house as Chris's (my husband's ) house in a very pointed way and really seems to want to sideline me from them. I have been quite involved in their lives for thirty years so, as I say, have at first found it all rather hurtful.
Now wondering though if there is underlying mental cause, and want to try to make amends. My husband is furious with them however, and does not seem to be particularly empathetic to them. I think his father was a bit of an emotional bully in his childhood.
I just really want to know if this seems odd behaviour to you, or am I really over sensitive and over reacting which is what they say?
One of the most strange things was when at the breakfast table she got a clean knife and put it in her mouth all the way down the blade then stuck it in the honey jar whilst looking at me defiantly. I feel rather as if I'm imagining these things but I really don't think so