Mum was alert, aware, even walking with zimmer, then within 2 days she had relapsed

Discussion in 'End of life care' started by finequine, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. finequine

    finequine Registered User

    Oct 29, 2015
    4
    Grampian, Scotland
    The improvement/relapse is a new feature. Is this a normal thing to happen? And if so, does it become a pattern/cycle?
     
  2. cragmaid

    cragmaid Registered User

    Oct 18, 2010
    7,963
    North East England
    My late Mum would do that, even down to having the last rites and then recovering:rolleyes::D:D
     
  3. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    9,322
    Female
    East Kent
    #3 lin1, Nov 2, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2015
    Hello. Welcome to TP.
    I've just read your first post, I hope you don't mind me copying it here.
    . My Mum is also immobile, completely unable to move herself/change position. She has eating drinking problems, incontinence, what she says makes no sense/does not relate to what is being said, has frequent infections, does not know me, and at times confuses Dad with her own father. When I suggested that she may be in the latter stage of Alzheimer's, nurses and the ward doctor were horrified.


    I have heard of some people improving and relapsing but to be honest never by so much.
    I'm wondering if it's possible that undetected infections are causing a temporary downturn and the recovery is when mum may be free of them

    I've just read Maureen's reply above, so I'm obviously wrong in my thinking about such huge temporary improvements
     
  4. finequine

    finequine Registered User

    Oct 29, 2015
    4
    Grampian, Scotland
    Yes, Mum has had 6 infections in 4 months and 3 falls in the 6 weeks she has been in hospital. She seems to be better one day, bad the next, and better the next day. She is currently infection free, but is once again being moved by full body hoist. I have spoken to w cousin whose father wlso had Alzheimer's and he followed a similar pattern to mum. This may be a family idiosyncrasy.
     
  5. finequine

    finequine Registered User

    Oct 29, 2015
    4
    Grampian, Scotland
    Thanks for the replies. I am flying a bit blind here and dealing with Dad who also has dementia makes everything even more difficult.

    Really appreciate this.
     

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