lost consciousness

Discussion in 'End of life care' started by wonder9, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. wonder9

    wonder9 Registered User

    Nov 27, 2015
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    My mum was diagnosed with early onset alzheimers at 57 yrs old. She is now 66 and in late stage of the illness. It's been a difficult struggle for all of us but we try and manage with a great team of carers at home. My dad called paramedics today as he could not wake my mum for her tea, head and neck had gone floppy. Upon instruction over the phone he lowered my mums bed down so she was flat. She regained consciousness. Does anyone know what happened here as obviously pretty frightening for us.
     
  2. Cat27

    Cat27 Volunteer Moderator

    Feb 27, 2015
    10,343
    Merseyside
    I've no idea sorry but just wanted to say welcome to TP :)
     
  3. Haylett

    Haylett Registered User

    Feb 4, 2011
    1,145
    I'm so sorry wonder9. I can imagine it must have been very frightening and distressing for you all. Will your Dad get in touch with the GP tomorrow? Perhaps they might be able to explain - or do you have any contact with the community mental health team? A fellow TPer mentioned a day or so back that she had been in touch with Admiral Nurses and that they had been very helpful. I wonder if you might be able to email or call them to see if they might be able to help?

    https://www.dementiauk.org/how-we-help/admiral-nursing/
     
  4. nannylondon

    nannylondon Registered User

    Apr 7, 2014
    2,475
    London
    Hi and welcome to TP my husband has been having similar episodes going unconscious in his chair he is in a care home and the doctor there has said his blood pressure is very low could your mum have the same problem.
     
  5. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
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    Female
    London
    My OH had an episode last month were he became totally unresponsive and sank into himself like a sack of potatoes. He also had low pressure which thankfully rose when he got some food and drink. The GP thought it had to do with a UTI - they can cause terrible havoc.
     
  6. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
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    Yorkshire
  7. balloo

    balloo Registered User

    Sep 21, 2013
    227
    northamptonshire
    we have had a similar thing on a number of occassions and seams to be a link to an infection of some sort and the first time was low potasium levels . this time dip test did not show infection so sample been sent off before we get anti biotics and nurse may come next week i will be on phone on monday as she had another funny turn as we call it today. The last one was on wednesday .my MIl has Vascular dementia late stage i would say.been living with us for 3 years with us as careres
     
  8. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,746
    Female
    London
    Yes, I learned today that it's called hypoactive delirium. It can happen with an infection and in strange surroundings. Avoid any medication that makes people drowsy. There is no medication for it but obviously any infection ought to be treated if possible.
     

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