I'm not sure if I'm boasting or complaining, and I don't want to tempt Providence, but my mother (90 in July, chronic LVHF, complex co-morbidities, multi-factorial dementia) is on really good form and - here's the odd bit - is getting bit-by-bit, consistently, better. Her memory is improved. Her confusion is less. Her mood is generally more positive. This has been going on, excepting the odd off-day, for a good two or three months and, while I'm delighted, it's got to the point where I'm beginning to wonder whether her various diagnoses were quite right.
The current thinking is that she has a mixed dementia picture including vascular and Alzheimer's involvement. As I understand it, sustained recovery in either of those conditions simply doesn't happen. A CT scan 8-9 months ago showed some atrophy but otherwise nothing clear and definitive. Unfortunately she can't have an MRI so I appreciate that her older age psychiatrist has one hand tied behind his back; but what am I to think?
Has anyone else experienced this? Did it continue? Was there an explanation? I don't want to get over-excited/deluded about a flash in the pan but I don't, either, want to miss an opportunity to get behind her recovery - if it is one - and push it.