As some of you will know I have been having a little bit of a tough time from the 'professionals' and I use the term loosely in the UK - social workers to be specific.
After what appeared to be 4 episodes/strokes/seizures in 3 days the social worker and I were at stand off and trust me almost at OK Coral stage had we been in the USA all because there was a lack of willingness to listen to some questions I wanted answered and some demands I was making - like I want to be trained so I CAN care for my mum safely - to be fair probably not helped by my need to add sarcastically is that just too much to ask.
Well things have moved on and mum is now unable to be coherent, is hallucinating all the time and is in an acute medical ward which does NOT have the staffing capacity to manage the sudden influx of 3 patients with dementia. So this morning I rang as always to see how she was. She fell last night and then this morning climbed OVER the safety rails and fell out of bed cutting her head. Now dont ask me hopw she managed this because she is infirm and 92 but hey ho thats what she did.
Obviously worried I went in immediately and sure enough bandage round head. I asked her what she did and she said she was trying to save the cat from falling of the tree ------hmmmmm Okaaaay. I have been with her for 9 hours today to stop her from falling - I left her twice to get some fresh air and to later grab a bite to eat and what happens I come back to find her on the floor again both times. I am abviously not happy.
That aside however I then find out that the doctors think they may have a solution to whats wrong. They tested her for sodium and its low - outside the range type low. Now I had always thought that giving my mum plenty of liquids was good for her but apprently in some case not so. In true fashion I did what we all do and googled low sodium levels.
Common low sodium symptoms include:
weakness - tick
fatigue - tick
headache - tick
nausea and vomiting
confusion - tick - tick - tick - tick
irritability - tick
So they have restricted her fluid intake to 1 litre a day to try and increase the sodium levels.
I thought I would post this just in case the symptoms come your way people xxxxx