I took my Grandmother to the hospital today because she has barely eaten anything in about a month, and the past 2 days she refuses water and pills. She has gotten a lot weaker, and has a almost non stop stomach pain for a while. At first we thought it was just the dementia, but when we took her in to quick care 3 weeks ago, they diagnosed her with a bladder infection. Her dementia has gotten worse, and that's obvious by anyone who spends 5 minutes with her. At the hospital they said she was malnourished, dehydrated, low in potassium, sodium, and magnesium. They put her on an IV and released her around 12 hours later saying that all of her tests look good. The infection was gone, her levels have returned to normal. The only thing they couldn't figure out was an irregular heartbeat (which is new to us), and a small black spot on her chest x-rays. However, because she's 91 they passed it off as normal and discharged us telling us to follow up with our PCP. She's still not feeling good, dizzy, stomach ache, and she didn't even remember being at the hospital. She keeps saying that she spent the entire day with her sister (who died around 50 years ago), and they were getting ready for Christmas. I'm at a complete loss right now. First they were worried, admitted her to the hospital, ran all the tests. Then the doctors switched (end of shift) and it's all the tests looked good, and there was no reason to keep her over night. This doctor is supposed to be one of the best at the hospital, according to the nurses. Yet, she spent 2 minutes with my Grandma, and didn't even know anything except her name. She asked a few broad questions, scanned over the test results, and then told us we were free to go as soon as the nurse brought the discharge papers. I'm so confused right now. It's still another 2 weeks until we can get in with our PCP, but even at the hospital she barely ate anything. Am I going crazy and just over thinking her health? Because it really feels like something is missing.