Anyone come across this before

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by MichelleE, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. MichelleE

    MichelleE Registered User

    Nov 28, 2005
    14
    Bedford UK
    Hi all,
    Okay I know people with dementure sometime do some things that we question as being odd. But mum has in the past week started putting two hot water bottles in her bed at night. Okay I know we're not having the best of summers but it isn't that cold.

    Also she keeps turning te heatin up to 22 decrees on the thermometer. meaning that when I get up in the morning the house is like a sauna.

    The heating I can fix my turning off the heating part on the boiler but hot water bottles! Help... Prehaps it's best to just leave her to it.
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,661
    Kent
    Hi Michelle,

    My husband changes his clothes 100 times a day, vest on, vest off, jumper on, jumper off, fire on, fire off.........

    He gets very hot after any activity, eg going for a walk or vaccing, but otherwise is always cold. It might be because of lack of activity, but it also might be because the body doesn`t function as efficiently as it did.
     
  3. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    17,000
    SW Scotland
    I think you're right, Michelle. John feels the cold terribly, and the slightest breeze sends him scurrying for his fleece.

    I do think the body's thermostat can be affected in AD. Of course, if your mum has lost weight, that would also make her feel the cold.
     
  4. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    yeah why not , seeing that you can control the boiler .

    I have read that people with dementia feel the cold more , my mother always complaining that she cold
     
  5. MichelleE

    MichelleE Registered User

    Nov 28, 2005
    14
    Bedford UK
    You could well be right

    Thinking about it now I'm sure I've heard before that people with AD/Dementure feel the cold more or beleive they do.

    The thermostat is remember behavour, I'm sure off that, my fault for sticking a big arrow on where it should be left, D'Oh :D
     
  6. Nebiroth

    Nebiroth Registered User

    Aug 20, 2006
    3,518
    Yes. My Dad feels the cold terribly. How much this is due to AD an d how much his very poor circulation, we don't know. He is always saying he feels cold no matter how warmly dressed he is.

    It might be worth mam having a checkup to see if there's not some underlying condition that is causing her to feel cold.
     
  7. Kate P

    Kate P Registered User

    Jul 6, 2007
    565
    Merseyside
    This is something we've just experienced with mum. She has the heating on and the fire on and is wrapped up in jumpers and cardigans. The rest of us are keeling over with the heat!!

    My dad told her she was not to touch the boiler anymore and she has misunderstood and now keeps turning it off so he's getting a cold wash every morning! Time he installed an electric shower I think!
     
  8. DaisyG

    DaisyG Registered User

    Feb 20, 2006
    183
    North West England
    Just like us....

    We are having a Summer (again) with the heating on full blast, but thankfully I have not had to get the water bottles out, just yet.
    I don't think my husband remembers that we HAVE any.

    We also have has the pleasure:rolleyes: of wearing Quilted Ski jacket , scarf AND gloves to our recent out-patient appointment !! What fun !!

    Says all the time... "I'm f'ing freezing....." . Nothing it seems can warm him up.


    He does not 'feel' cold (how could he), and I sit roasting in the blazing sun.

    He feels 'me' as cold, and is ALWAYS asking me to warm my hands up... run them under the hot tap.... or wear gloves.
    Say that my hands feel like freezing cold tiny needles.


    He HAS to / NEEDS to have someone help him dress (strokes prevent him going this himself), but now he wants me to help him get dressed 'without touching him'. This is IMPOSSIBLE.


    IT was the same last Summer too. Heating on all the time, and wearing Winter clothes YEAR round.

    Take Care

    DaisyG
     
  9. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    DaisyGSounds like your husband doing the right thing , even thought its not that cold outside at the moment

    Got that from this link http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/Caring_for_someone_with_dementia/Health/advice_healthy.htm

    even thought its not that cold outside at the moment
     

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