My mother in law was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 6 or 7 years ago. She moved in with us 3 years ago, we have kept her routine the same and she was doing great until Christmas Eve when she had a stroke. We got her to the ER within the first 2 hours, she was given the clot buster drug and was put in NSICU for observation for 5 days then sent to rehab. Right after her stroke that Thursday morning until the following Saturday at 4:00 she was wide awake. Shaky, jibbering, talking to people that had passed away years ago. She snapped out of it and they sent her to rehab the following Sunday night. She was doing well until I went to visit her the following Tuesday and she was doing the same again. I tried telling them I believe she'd had another stroke. It wasn't until the following Saturday, aft she'd been wide awake 5 days straight, that they did an MRI that showed she had, had another stroke. I believe she's had another since being home. We are going on 40 straight hours no sleep right now. The Home health nurse says it's the dementia from her Alzheimers. I don't know what to think.... I don't know how she can continue to survive with no sleep for days at a time like this. Has anyone ever experienced this type of behavior in an Alzheimers patient that has had a stroke or series of strokes?
She has 90%blockage in her carotid to her brain and due to her age and the disease the only new drug they started her on was an aspirin a day. Nothing else. She's been checked for UTIs and that was clear. No infection.
She does have an appointment with her longevity Dr. Wednesday so I'll have a notebook full of questions for her.
If you have experienced this, please share how the patient and the caregivers survived it. Sleepless in Arkansas