Frustrated and worried!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2010 and she is progressing a little quicker now. What is becoming a problem is that she is either not mentioning when she does not feel good or she exaggerates the symptoms. I never know if it is real or if it is memorex. If she told you something months ago that was wrong, it is still wrong to this day. The thought gets in her mind and it does not change. She keeps saying that she goes to bed at 8:30 and is still awake at midnight and gets up 4 times a night to go to the bathroom. My bedroom is right across the hall from hers and I check on her. She is usually asleep around 30 min after going to bed and she usually gets up once, around 0200, to use bathroom. I am a light sleeper and I listen for her.
In July mom had an issue with dizziness and her doctor put her on low dose blood pressure meds. Problem solved, blood pressure was fine. I took her blood pressure daily and it was great. Well her dr changed her to different bp meds but the made her dizzy so he took her off, problem-he never put her back on the other meds. I was still taking her bp and it was fine so I didn't worry too much. My problem was that mom was still insisting she was dizzy. If someone was watching her or in the same room with her shewould exaggerate the dizziness. If she did not know anyone was watching there was no indication of being dizzy.
Well, my sister got her into her dr yesterday and when he took her bp it was 175/101! When she told me I was scared then frustrated. We figured out the mix up with her being taken off bp meds. She is back on them and doing great. We take her back tomorrow for a follow up check to see how she is doing. My sister took her bp today and it was 120/62, much better.
Here it turns out that she had been having head aches daily for almost 3 wks! She just mentioned them to me as an occasional thing. When I asked her why she didn't tell me the head aches were daily she said she didn't want to be a burden.
My sister and I have talked to mom about her exaggerating things. I told her that I never know when she is telling me the truth or crying wolf. I read about the FiBit on a couple of blogs and I checked them out on line. I think that I am going to get one and I want to use it to check moms sleep pattern and show it to her. This way I will have actual readings to show her dr. I really hate Alzheimer's and what it is doing to my mom.