My father (has late moderate stage alzheimer's)was given Zyprexa in hospital to calm his agitated state. He most likely aspirated his own saliva we were told by a nurse. He has aspiration pneumonia. He then was given antibiotics but had to be admitted to the ICU for very low oxygen level. He had to be ventilated but was removed and oxygen level improved and vital signs good, pneumonia is improving so drs. say. HOWEVER, yesterday speech therapist attempted to give applesauce to see if he could swallow and he could not. Later nurse told us he became agitated and pcyh. dr. prescribed haldol (lowest dose) last evening and he was out of it when we visited him this morning and afternoon.
They can't try to have him swallow while he is so out of it from psych med. His primary care dr, pulmonary specialist and psych dr's, all of them keep telling us it's very tricky finding the right med to keep him calm. If he is agitated they give him a drug which knocks him out and keeps him from being able to swallow. He knows all of us and last night was hungry. We don't know what goes on when we are there and why nurses feel they must give him an antipsychotic. It's a vicious cycle and they are so matter of fact about it. In mean time he is not receiving nutrition because they want to see if he can swallow. Maybe tomorrow a naso gastric feeding tube. Any input greatly appreciated.
HAs anyone had this experience with a loved one. It is so frsutrating.