My first experience with mom's delusions.
Last night was a tough night. Mom set off the alarm trying to escape. Woke up several times and claimed there was someone in her shower.
At first I thought it was just the nightly stuff that people talk about. Today she wandered off.
I have a deck that she likes to go out on. She apparently saw some girls running by outside and decided that one of them was the great grandchild that my niece had her raising.
I noticed that she wasn’t on the deck anymore and realized that she had wandered away from the house. I went out calling for her and saw her wandering back to the house. It was pretty scary. But, it got worse. She was delusional.
She said that she had chased down the children and one of the women came out of the house and confronted her. Mom said she didn’t want to fight with the woman and started walking back.
After I got her back home I put a zip tie on the gate so that she can’t get out that way again. Our doors beep when someone comes in or out so I know when she leaves. The deck was a place that she enjoyed sitting out on and enjoying the sites.
She started talking nonsense. She started saying she saw children on the course. Then she said she saw her sister out on the course but she disappeared so I couldn’t see her. Her delusions went on and on and eventually after a couple of hours I was able to get her interested in a movie.
It has been a couple of scary days for me. My first experience with a delusional person. She was treated for a UTI a couple weeks ago and she has to go back in a week or so to be retested. I don’t think it was that.
I’m wondering if it has to do with the fact that she is getting comfortable being here (she’s been here 3 weeks) and some of this odd behavior is coming out.
Dementia is such a strange disease.