1. Gayna

    Gayna New member

    Nov 20, 2018
    5
    Hi, I care for a lady with vascular dementia and in rare occasions has lucid days where she remembers everything, it’s like she doesn’t have dementia. Should I be worried or is this normal. I’m going to put a water sample in just in case.

    Thanks
     
  2. karaokePete

    karaokePete Registered User

    Jul 23, 2017
    5,023
    N Ireland
    My wife has mixed dementia, with a significant amount of vascular damage evident on scans, and she too can have lucid days. I have seen comments on the forum about this.

    It's wise to check for an infection if there is any dramatic change in behaviour, although an infection would normally cause a worsening of symptoms.
     
  3. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    70,152
    Kent
    It`s always wise to check for infections with any changes in behaviour but lucid days / confused days are what makes dementia so puzzling. There is often no rhyme or reason for the changes and as carers it helps if we are able to accept lucid days for what they are and make the most of them.
     
  4. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    11,117
    Female
    South coast
    Having lucid days in vascular dementia is really common. Its like a light bulb that is going, but is flashing on and off before it finally goes out.
     
  5. Amelie5a

    Amelie5a Registered User

    Nov 5, 2014
    93
    Scotland
    That's so true! I was chuckling away this afternoon. Dad doesn't communicate much these days and seems to struggle to understand simple speech at times. So there we are, heading out in the car. I took a short-cut and said to Dad 'I need to careful on this road because of all the pot-holes'. Quick as a flash he comes back with 'so why did you take this road then?'

    It was so good to get a glimpse of Dad of old.
     
  6. Ohso

    Ohso Registered User

    Jan 4, 2018
    168
    What a great analogy.
     
  7. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,970
    Female
    Scotland
    My husband has Alzheimer's and has lucid moments rather than days. So he can show empathy as in " Switch that light on when you go down the stairs" and then do totally foolish things which put me at risk.
     
  8. Gayna

    Gayna New member

    Nov 20, 2018
    5
    Thank you so much for the replies. It’s put my mind at ease. I’ve learned more about this lady in two days than I have in 5 years.
    Thank you thank you
     

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