I'm very new to this world of having a parent with dementia. Seven weeks ago my dad broke 3 ribs from a fall, and 36 hours after being in the hospital, he went into alcohol withdrawal. We knew he was a heavy evening drinker, but didn't realize just how much. Also had A-Fib, Diabetes, overweight, etc. Following withdrawal came respiratory failure, put on life support twice within a week. Between the withdrawal and ICU experience, his body has been through the ringer. As he became more alert he showed signs of dementia. All the doctors were sure he had plateaued and wouldn't get better. Fast-forward to today: He's been in a memory care/nursing home for a week and is getting more alert and remembering more every day. Definitely has some level of dementia, though. However, he talks nonstop with the staff and is much more coherent than the other residents. He wrote me and my husband a little letter, apologizing for being argumentative with us the day before. He remembers things from the past and from day to day. I think my issue is that I can't see the future. :) It doesn't seem like he belongs there, but if he doesn't get any better than he is, he'll be stuck there. At least that's how I feel. He wants me to "pick him up and take him to a hotel just for a night or two." He wants out, which I know is normal. Ugh. That's all for now. This is hard.