After intubation, Mom is hallucinating snakes. Is this temporary? What's the best way to deal with it?
My mom recently came home from the hospital (against medical advice... but cried until my stepdad agreed to take her home. She was intubated and given Ketamine and then sedated with propofol for 5 more days. After they took the tube out she was cooperative (totally out of character for her in a hospital setting) and talked in sentences that at times didn't make sense. We didn't get answers from nurses but figured if she was happy it was okay. Now, less than a week later... she is very depressed and has had very bad hallucinations that snakes are in her body and throat (bad memories from pulling intubation tube out?). She's given up it seems at times and has hit her head repeatedly to 'get that snake' out of her head and generally doesn't want company. (Side note- she wants everyone to wash their hands so the snakes won't get us as well). Before going to the hospital a few weeks ago... my mother may have had a slew of medical issues but besides depression her mind was in good working order. My questions are... is this temporary? What's the best way to deal with it? Anything we can do to help her other than reassure her we love her and won't let any snakes get her. Also, is this major depression a normal occurrence after such an experience or should we try to get her ongoing help? Thanks in advance for listening to this... I love my mom very much but she can be quite stubborn but she doesn't deserve to be treated like a child... she still deserves dignity.