Dementia patients just "not feeling well". True or false?

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For the past 2 years I have had times where my Mom hasnt felt well. I tried calling the drs, asking lots of questions and all I ever got from the Drs secretary was "its dementia."
However , I do understand now there an be no rhyme or reason to them just "not feeling well" or having chills but there is also reasons ignored by drs. After negative urine tests, I took my Mother to the dr and pleaded to just try amoxicillin for a possible undiagnosed UTI. Sure enough the soaking wet nights slowed right down and so did her chills and extra confusion. I now keep her on 1 amoxicillin a day. Then we had the "not feeling well" days come back this year. I just happend to notice while bathing my Mom, a discharge, and called the dr for a possible Yeast infection (hense the amox) and he treated her Monday with just one pill for it. Her daycare, morning cna, and I are all shocked at how HAPPY she is again.SO..when we keep getting the "its only dementia" answers, please dont always believe them. We are their only advocate and we know best. Pats on the back to all of you out there in cyberland taking care of your familes!!
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Thanks Ruth, I will order some on Amazon, I like buying from them. LME, good to know my Mom isnt the only one on a daily antibiotic, thanks. And about the sweets and ice cream, AD patients lose their taste and usually only sweets give them enjoyment. I wouldnt ever not give my Mom sweets due to weight issues, shes 89, time to eat what she wants to eat, and whenever she wants, its her t-i-m-e. Thanks everyone.
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I had a feeling that my relative had a UTI. I get a slight temp when I have one, so I took her temp. Sure enough, she had a slight temp. It was raining and she won't go out in the rain, so I went to the drug store and bought a couple of urine cups. I tried to find "the hat" but no place in our area had any. I happened to find a small bucket at Walmart that fit perfect inside her toilet. We collected her urine from that, and I took the speciman cup to her doctor's office. It showed positive, so an antibiotic was prescribed.

My mom (no relation to this relative), would always get them. She was tested and her urologist says that she was not able to empty her bladder from all the mini-strokes she had. What was left behind had become infected. To use his words "mosquitos breed more mosquitos". He prescribed an antibiotic to be taken daily, for the rest of her life. To my knowledge, there were no adverse effects to this, and when she developed pneumonia and bronchitis, she never developed any yeast infections, and she was treated with other antibiotics when she developed bronchitis or pneumonia, and they worked. But, yes, there could have been problems.
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I buy organic, cold pressed coconut oil by the gallon, as it's all we use in this house other than on salads. It has never given me, or anyone I'm coaching, diarrhea. I generally go to Tropical Traditions, although lately I've found great prices at Amazon! I read the reviews of other shoppers, compare products for superiority, and shop away! We go through about a gallon every two months, I guess. Sometimes more. It's good in tea, or melted and added to a smoothie-type drink. In answer to your question about whether ALL of us should take coconut oil.... after the research I've done I would say absolutely YES. The health benefits are amazing, and it's tasty! You may want to check out the book 'The Coconut Oil Miracle' at the library, or if you're a cheap shopper like me, get it at half.com which is an ebay company. Oh, yes, I'm a seasoned Internet shopper.
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That's what my MIL used to do that for her mother (give her an ice cream cone after dinner), who had dementia (now known as Alzheimer's Disease (AD). My husband & I did not do that with my MIL (his mother). She also had Alzheimer's Disease (AD). I refused to give her ice cream or any other sweets because my MIL is a major fall risk and when she fell, she was like a lead balloon or a ton of bricks.
If my MIL wasn't coherent (sp?) enough to get herself up, I'd cover her with a blanket and put a pillow underneath her head and have the portable heater nearby (if it was cold out), if it wasn't-no portable heater needed.
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Thanks Pirate, now I wont feel guilty when I grill her muffins in olive oil and give her ice cream for dessert!! haha
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Took my mom to the psych today and we were talking about my mom eating less and less...he said that 'fats' were important for the brain. I said yeah cause it's the grease that makes you grind...and he laughed and pretty much agreed. So fats and oils are important for the elderly. It seems everyone wants them to always eat healthy but it was a good reminder that he said that 'fats' were needed by the brain..cause itself is fatty tissue. Just a tidbit I learned today from the psych doc.
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Thanks, can you send me a link as to which one to buy? How do I get that much into her and will she get diareahea?
thanks, wonder if we all should use it?
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Two tablespoons of coconut oil is the "dose" suggested by a study on Alzheimers and coconut oil. I would start there. The benefits are many. It's pretty amazing stuff.
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I learned thru a sick pet that a UTI can hide and it can in adults. After treating my mom who had negative urine and cultures, it cured her extra confusion and over wetting at night like a charm. Sometimes just ask to try a medication, it works.
I read about coconut for memory at one time, is that what you mean Ruth1957? How much daily, does it cause diareahea or help with memory? I do know my mom is more alert after 2+ cups of coffee for sure. But sometimes it backfires and causes wandering too. Thanks everyone for all your posts....
LM
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Along with your other precautions, there is this amazing almost miracle food - coconut oil. Do your research, and then consider adding it to your Mom's daily routine. I think you'll be amazed at the difference in several areas. It's also a great skin-soother, lip balm, hair and scalp treatment, and butter replacer. I use the book 'The Coconut Oil Miracle' as a guide both in my caregiving and home routines.
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