Oh dear, it never rains but it pours. Mum was striken with pleurisy before and over Christmas, which resulted in a visit to the emergency health centre on Christmas morning. Then dad picked up a cough and cold, with the effect of making his dementia worse - he just sat and looked vacant, and couldn;t remember where the bathroom or bedroom were..in between accusing "someone" of moving/stealing his clothes. He had his six-monthly checkup at the GP yesterday with the results of the regular blood test. It came back that he's anaemic, lost weight and has constipation, and we now have to get him fast-tracked for a bowel scan. At the moment he's refusing to go... It doesn't surprise me considering his diet consists of jam sandwiches and cake.