Hello to you. I agree, but he didn't and now everyone is in total grief and shock. Talking to her on the phone, she sounds just like my mother. We laugh, she is remembering things we talked about days earlier.
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She said she is sleeping fairly well. Some nights she has trouble and gets up to not disturb my step-dad. Her appetite is poor, has been declining as she has aged. But about her age, she is a very YOUNG 88 year old. She still moves the furniture in her home for the change.
I don't know if I would call her negative ... more sad on the inside but always yaks and smiles on the outside. Still sings in the church choir. This world is pretty hard and she has lost a lot of friends (through death) ... has never really gotten over her own Mother's death that was 20 years ago.
She spends a lot of time alone ... not necessarily by choice but my step-dad works so she is home alone. They do go out to eat every Fri night, generally to church and choir practice on Wed nights ... church on Sundays. But other than that, a lot of alone time. Cannot say about the distractions. She is just sad on the inside.
Obviously not the answer I was hoping for.
When would be a good time to start some type of anti-depressant to see if there could be an improvement?
That is oh so true ...
I am assuming it is to give it time to work rather than confusing the issue with adding a second prescription.
You have no idea how that thought breaks my heart. Until my family and I moved to PA in 03, I had an agency working with seniors, most of whom were in one stage or another of dementia. The day programs were filled with people sitting with drool coming from their mouths or blank stares. That would certainly push her right over the edge.
I took many of my ladies to phychiatrists (sp!) and I know when their medications were out of whack, so were they.
With this coming on so suddenly, would we expect that the progression would continue on such a rapid pace? I was with many of my ladies from their fairly early stages until they were eventually totally uncommunicative and it took a lot longer than what we are seeing with Mother.
Am I providing solid answers or am I too close to be answer objectively? If I am not answering, prod.
How would I not ... this is a death sentence. It is one of the most dibilitating and cruelest of diseases that drags all the graces one lived their life with down to the depths. My prayer would be for her to just go in her sleep before that could happen. She is so frightened of what is in store but putting up such a good front. As I said to my sisters, we can surround her but ultimately she is alone, we cannot go through that door with her.
It sounds like we have completed our chat.
Thank you for your time.
Is there a way I can get a print-out of our conversation?
That would be great ... thank you.
Sorry, it was not visible on my screen ...