My husband was diagnosed about 3 months ago with dementia by his primary care doctor. We went to a neurologist for a second opinion and, to my dismay, found the primary care doctor was right. He (my husband) has been hallucinating horribly. People are coming into our house at night and he says they have guns and he's afraid they're going to shoot him. He thinks they are trying to take our house and he's not having any part of it. In fact, I found him one night sitting in his chair in the front room with a loaded rifle!! I managed to get it from him and I've hidden all his guns, which infuriates him. I tried to tell him that, what if he was startled by my coming down the hall and shot me. "Oh, I wouldn't shoot you," he said. No, he wouldn't intentionally, but I still have them hidden. I don't know how many times he's changed locks on our front door, and we now have a security system installed. I've done everything to appease him, but nothing seems to work. The people are still getting in. I believe this all started when he got a blood infection a year ago. He hallucinated in the hospital, but I thought it was the infection and drugs he was getting. Am SURE that's where it began. The doctor put him on Divalproex about a month ago and at first I thought it was doing some good, but his getting me up to walk through the house with him at night has started all over again. The people never did go away, but weren't as threatening.
He’s fine during the day (except he still thinks the hallucinations are real). He functions fine and remembers things just like normal. It’s just these night time and early morning episodes that are getting me down. I’m not well myself (have COPD) and am beginning to become very angry. I know it’s not about me, but it’s getting almost unbearable for me to cope with this every night. I just need some place to vent once in awhile and find some help from others who may be going through the same thing.
Thanks for ‘listening’