I don't know if this is something I should tell her doctor. But, in the last year or so my MIL has mentioned things that we are not sure are problems or not.
A couple of years ago she swears there was a man in her bedroom. This happened twice. She truly believes someone was standing in the doorway of her bedroom looking at her in the night.
Also, about this same time, she started hearing music - a quintet of men singing the Star Spangled Banner - this has happened numerous times over the last two years. She waited a long time before telling us - I think she thought she was going crazy. I looked up auditory hallucination and it said it can happen when people lose their hearing and not to worry, so we didn't. They always sing the same song and it is always a male quintet.
About 6 months ago she started saying her water tasted funny. I tasted it - even from the cup she had in her hand - and it was fine. We double filter our drinking water and it is clean, clear and had no off odors or taste.
Now, recently, she asked if I smelled that 'chemical smell' and I told her I didn't smell anything. Hubby had been using paint thinner and did wash his hands in our sink - but our door were closed. I didn't notice anything at all - but she swore she smelled strong chemical of some kind.
Tonight she asked me to smell her butter dish. Said it smelled strange - like chemicals. I smelled the butter and it smelled fine. Maybe a tad like it was old - but she had not washed the butter dish before putting new butter in and I think I was smelling the older butter on the dish. She SWORE she washed the butter dish before putting in the new butter - but it was obvious she had not. I just took a paper towel and scooped out the butter and tossed it and washed her dish and gave her a brand new stick of butter.
Should I mention these things to her doctor? Anyone else have this sort of thing going on? She lives in the 'here and now' - if it is dementia - it is just beginning. She does have a problem with confabulation - is that a precursor to dementia? Just getting a bit concerned. Could she be making this stuff up to get attention?