DH: I am living among idiots.
Me: Who are the idiots?
DH: Oh, they pop up.
Me: Sweetheart, you have two disabilities now. You have Alzheimer's and you have trouble walking.
The walking is getting better, but the hallucinations--those idiots--are popping up.
I am trying to not be one of those idiots. I am trying to act calm like The 36-Hour Caregiver suggests.
DH: You are acting screwy.
Me: What am I doing?
Hubby has no specifics on those idiots and what I am doing.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind
don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss
BUT HE DOES MATTER, Dr. Seuss! Meanwhile, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be myself at home. I am so fortunate that I can get away.
So, are the above hallucinations, delusions or delirium?
According to The 36-Hour Day, hallucinations are hearing, seeing, feeling and smelling things that aren’t there. Drugs can cause hallucinations and so can dementia. I wonder if the new pain pill causes it. The caregiver just has to act calmly about a hallucination.
“Delusions are untrue ideas unshakably held by one person.” (p. 161 of The 36-Hour Day) The delusion that my husband and Jake have is that they flew in an airplane together and went on a canoe ride together. These delusions make them happy I guess--male bonding. Sally and I do not argue with our husbands about their delusions.
Delirium, on the other hand, is dangerous and needs immediate medical treatment I read in that book.
One important distinguishing feature between dementia and delirium is that delirium usually begins suddenly while dementia develops gradually over months or years. Other symptoms of delirium may include misinterpretation of reality, false ideas, or hallucinations; incoherent speech; sleepiness in the daytime or wakefulness at night; and increased or decreased physical (motor) activity. Symptoms of delirium tend to vary through the day. (p. 289 of The 36-Hour Day)
Bob DeMarco reported HERE what Dr. Malaz Boustani said:
Having delirium prolongs the length of a hospital stay, increases the risk of post-hospitalization transfer to a nursing home, doubles the risk of death, and may lead to permanent brain damage.
Delirium can accompany a UTI infection, so it is so important to get treatment for the UTI immediately as we have done. I bought extra UTI strips from Walgreens so I can check.
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Added Nov. 11. I found from THIS NEWSLETTER written by Marie Boltz that these are common causes of delirium:
- Reaction to Medication(s)- Fecal impaction- Urinary retention-Infection (urine, lungs, skin)-Hypoxia (not enough oxygen getting to tissues as in congestive heart failure)- Dehydration-Low blood sugar/high blood sugar-Pain-Immobility or hearing and vision loss.
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