My 73 year-old father had back surgery almost a month ago, and although the surgery went well, there have been some complications and setbacks in his recovery, such as blood pressure and blood oxygen issues, blood clots, lower extremity numbness,etc.
He has gone back and forth between hospital, Rehab Unit and ER over the past few weeks, including an emergency 2nd surgery to relieve a hematoma which formed at the original surgery site, and has made ZERO progress ... one step forward, two (or 3, or 4) steps back.
One symptom Dad is having is what his doctors call "Hospital Delusions." He dreams/imagines/hallucinates things, such as he's being held in the hospital against his will, he's being treated in a combat hospital (he's never been in combat), claims he gets massages on the lawn, etc. the doctors say this is "normal." And it all makes sense, I suppose ... Doctors/nurses coming in and out of his room at all hours, staring at the same walls day-in, day-out. But the doctors seem so dismissive of it, and, as his daughter and primary caregiver, it is NOT "normal" for my very with-it father to swear up and down that these things (and many others) happened, when they clearly did not.
Anyone who has had experience with this -- how do/did you handle it? Play along with it? Try to gently correct him that the said things did not happen?
The longer he's in the hospital, the worse and more frequent these delusions occur. I live 2 hours away, and get calls all during the night from dad saying awful things he thinks are happening to him. This is so disheartening, frustrating, and it seems there is no end in sight ...