Mom is currently in and out of dementia. She has outbursts that appear out of nowhere in the middle of a conversation. Though I don't live with Mom and I don't take care of her 24/7, I have been told by her CGivers of her horrible yelling and screaming for whatever it is she wants - usually ice cream and candy (she's diabetic and obsessed with sugar). I've also been told that if no one responds, she throws herself on the floor and yells, though I find this hard to believe since she's largely bed bound.
I was just with her Thanksgiving. The whole time my brother and I were there, there were no "tantrums", however the CGivers contributed her energy and new behavior to the chemo. She felt great, sounded great - completely diff than before. It was wonderful. However, my brother and I were with her while the visiting home healthcare nurse was there. The whole time, she engaged with the nurse. Out of the blue, after the nurse had just discussed reasons to eat this and that and reasons NOT to include this or that in the diet, before my eyes, Mom seemed to stare up the ceiling and YELLED - I WANT FRIED FISH FOR DINNER. The nurse just gently responded Oh My! and we continued gentle conversation. We left the room and Mom kept SCREAMING the same thing.
Q: is there something that happens in the brain for this sudden change to happen? Was it triggered by words or something?
What is suggested that the CGiver do if they SEE it occur?
What is suggested that the CGiver do if they walk in on whatever is being screamed?
Nine times out of ten, they don't give in, but occasionally they do, and this worries me. Especially at this early stage in the game. CGivers are mother and son who is helping his mother (see my profile).