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My aunt, with Alzheimer's was taken to the hospital after she didn't feel good, her eyes rolled back, and she couldn't talk or answer questions. The hospital ruled out heart issues as well as a stroke or mini-strokes. Has anyone else experienced this with a loved one? Needless to say, her family is very concerned. A number of them witnessed this episode yesterday.

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My 78 yr. old m-i-l had petit mal seizures last year. They diagnosed her with Alzheimer's Disease w/ side effects of Epilepsy.
She was put on countless anti-epileptic medications, one at a time of course. She would flip out and have bad reactions. She was taken off of each one of them right away. Then they put her in the hospital and took her off all her meds one at a time and discovered she didn't have AD w/ side effects of Epilepsy. They made a diagnosis of AD w/ side effects of Parkinson's Disease. She went into a nursing home for rehab and was doing much better. She came home on a low dose of Depakote 4x/day. She still remains on it but has mini-strokes. It's better than the flipping out where she almost kicked me down a flight of stairs and went for my throat, but missed. Another time, she tried to kick me in my lower private area. I don't miss those times at all.
...but I do feel for you. Get a dr. appt. set up for your aunt or whomever is in charge of her.

Take care,

Laura H.
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What a tender and compassionate group of ladies! I am always so touched by the responses I read here. Thank you all for sharing from your heart, and being such an encouragement. Dealing with Alzheimer's in our loved one is difficult. This is a wonderful place to meet and share experiences, strength, and hope. Thank you, and God bless you all!
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dear tmac, yes you are correct, they try and do some strange things in a hospital, with the elderly or even our selves. you must be aware of what is going on every minute. When it comes to the elderly they will try and do every test possible. they know that medicare does not question and the pay out. I have ben through it many times with my mom who just passed away she had alzheimers/plus age and other health problem. Even when she wass at death bed they wanted to run test, I was there to stop it. She went back to the assisting living she was at die with diginity. It was three days after I got Mom out of the hospital. She passed away after the last rights were given in my arms three hours after I received the call from the Tampa rescue dept. patrica61. I do pray also for the one that have no one or thers that family members just forget about them.
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My mother had similar symptoms and we were told she had a grand mal seizure. This happened about 6 years into her battle with Alzheimers. She actually lost consciousness for a minute or two. I would think they would have checked for this at the hospital. But then, I've witnessed some stranger things in caring for my mom and dad. I pray everyday for those who do not have anyone to help care for them.
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I agree that you should check for diabetes. When my mom's sugar gets too high or too low, she gets a glassy eyed stare and sometimes has what appears to be seizure-like symptoms. She also gets worse in every way when she has a uti, something else to consider.
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Thanks for the tip, AlzCaregiver! :) Wow, you've been through it with your mom. She is blessed to have you. We are, too.
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My Mom started suffering nausea at time of a bad fall that took her to ER. The bones part was ok, no concussion (typical cause of nausea in a fall). But the nausea/gas whatever episodes continued with "I wanna die" fainting "dramatics," usually helped with simethicone dissolve tablets....really TOO quickly for them to help. Later tried Junior Mints, and that worked also. But the eyes rolled back in the head, unresponsive got the ambulance here, and back we went, this time for hospitalization.

After four days and every test possible (but hey, let's not call in gastroenterology!) hospitalization, the doc finally figured "it was in her head." Mom wasn't able to make sense of her digestive pain (which would press on her heart and lungs...felt like dying), didn't remember there was a ten minute simple remedy, and went inside...and got lost in her own disappearing act. The docs were all too ready to say this was the onramp to final stage Alzheimers, complete with slippery slope hand motions, so I'd be sure to understand. I was turned over to palliative care team.

So, while the system was aimed to getting rid of her, out of their ER and hospital, the meds they Rx'd did stop both the digestive problems (Prilosec, probably acid reflux) and anxiety. Think that gave Mom time to physically recover and FORGET the coping behavior she had developed. We haven't had a zone-out episode since she was in the hospital. And any minor digestive discomfort is handled like anyone would with an understanding that simethicone would help her in a few minutes. Actually, most of her discomfort was probably from swallowing air while she drinks, and she often belches this up.

After witnessing a few episodes in the hospital, including three combative ones where she was trying to stop the doctors from prodding her stomach, I pretty much thought she was putting on an act at some points. Turning into stone so people would leave her alone. A Junior Mint would bring her back to life, and even the nurses got on board the mint routine. Try it first.
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LindaS, bless you for being your Aunt's advocate, and for your concern for her best interests. The world needs more people like you! :)
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Thank all of you for you comments here. I think my aunt needs a change in doctors and am going to forward these comments to my cousin as well as suggest she visit this web site. I'm going to call her now. Thank you.
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Patrica- thank you for sharing that with us. I am or was I mean very lucky all the many times I had to call 911 in my town it was over 50 in a fews years they always came right away most were volennteers with jobs and families and most of the calls were during the night they never scolded us or were in a hurry while one county from us my sister in laws Mom was scolded for call three times and was so scared she calls neighbors or family now to assist when her husband has a fall-it is nice that in these times people can be so kind and it is nice to hear good things.
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