So my 87 yr old nana went into a nursing home for rehab bc she fell. Within a month she is now delusional and having a psychotic break. Up until last week she was talking normal. She was acting paranoid. This week she refuses to eat.
She is throwing her food and hitting people. She was taken to the hospital last night bc she hasn't eaten anything for a few days. She is severely dehydrated but is on an iv. However seeing her at the hospital she is not herself. She is violent yelling continuously talking about random stuff. Can't hold a conversation with her. The hospital said she is having a psychotic break. Plus have her chart noted as vascular dementia. Can this really happen this bad within a few days ?
Try not to be freaked about terms such as psychotic - with care and God willing, many of the symptoms your grandmother is experiencing should be brought under control quite quickly. Who is your grandmother's health proxy or medical POA, do you know?
Will she be returning to the NH?
Your grandmother is 20 years older then my LO but hopefully they can give her something like a mood stabilizer to help with her current condition.
My LO will never go back to when she could carry on a semi-normal convo, at this point her short term memory is really bad. But she’s not spitting on the floor anymore or yelling and making crazy accusations.
It’s scary when you first encounter this but once you realize it happens to others this alone can just be helpful to know. We all wish there was a miracle pill to bring them back to normalcy but there really isn’t that I’ve found.