Has anyone run into this pattern with their LO? Mom is 92, in NH, health is good except for blind and “dementia”. She was never diagnosed with any specific type of dementia, her “normal” behavior I would characterize funny, pleasant, singing, and loving, no outbursts or delusions or hallucinations, just zero short term memory. EXCEPT about every 4-6 weeks or so she gets into a pattern of what I would call agitation. This is preceded by a few days of being exceptionally alert and having really cognizant conversation. I can almost predict it (I tell my DH that she was “too good today”), knowing it’s leading up to more and more alertness, then agitation/insomnia, and I warn the staff when I think she’s going to be a handful that night. She thinks she’s back at work, having to complete work tasks and talks to people from her work past. Her “busyness” keeps her awake for up to 48 hours. They usually keep her out by the desk, because she tries to get out of bed to get back to work. After 24-48 hours of this she finally crashes and sleeps for a couple of days, then back to normal on Day 3.
Has anyone experienced this type of cyclical delusion? Is it a particular type of dementia? It’s scary to deal with, although I’m getting a little more used to it, and not panicking like I used to, demanding UTI tests that ended up being negative.