Been a while since I have posted. I am a full time caregiver for my 96 year old mother who has dementia. Starting about 4 weeks ago, she started to hallucinate, seeing people who aren't here, packing her small pocketbook and telling me her mother is coming to pick her up, etc.
I took her to the ER to have her checked for a UTI because she cannot urinate on demand but has to have a catheter hooked up. The doctor said her tests came back negative but gave me a prescription for antibiotics anyway in case her culture came back positive. In any case the antibiotics didn't make any difference.
I noticed a pattern that when she doesn't sleep well that is when she gets delirious. This is brand new to me and it's difficult for me to distract her.
I don't know if there is any scientific explanation for any of this.
When she does sleep (she was sleeping a lot before) then she is fine and acts like herself.
This morning she was calling out for help for a little boy that she said she was taking care of and was sleeping in her bed. I pretended to feed the boy breakfast and then I pretended to lift him out of her bed and put him on the couch to sleep. That made her happy.
Because she was so shook up I gave her 1 mg. of klonopin when she normally takes .5 every night to help her sleep.
My mother has taken benzo's most of her life and has always been addicted to them. Since I'm taking care of her she gets less klonopin than she did prior. Well the medicine put her to sleep and she is peaceful right now. Judging by her past behavior she could sleep until 2:00 this afternoon.
Her doctor is not in today and I don't consider this an emergency. Should I call anyway even though it's Saturday?
I'm also wondering if this means her end of life is coming sooner. I really don't know what to think right now except that I'm going to need help.