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rudashe.. definitely follow the instructions of the dr., not us, he knows better than we do. I hope everything goes as well as can be expected for both you and your mum.
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my mother had optical illusions , mostly at nighttime, for years. when she began seeing people everywhere both inside and outside, and of course little kids sitting in empty chairs, frankly she only had less than 3 months to live. her hosspiss nurse said it appeared to be a flare up of paranoid schitzophrenia. as dementia, (brain death) starts spreading from its origins in the frontal lobe around the sides of the brain, anything can happen. the capras effect is particularily common and interesting. the primary caregiver is accused of stealing from the patient, trying to kill the patient, and finally is accused of being an imposter. my mother told the hospice social counselor weeks before her death that she knew she was crazy but i was crazier. that may have been true but i was left to my self medicating and her ass was jacked full of haldol. dementia caregiving will take a toll on your head. read all you can find about end of life. then at least you understand the events as they unfold.
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My mom is 91 and has been diagnosed with alzheimers over ten years ago. She is still a little active as in, she gets along with a walker, goes to bathroom by herself, still feeds herself, bathes herself, and sits all day knitting. She was recently diagnosed with kidney failure and we are still waiting on results to see how far along that is. She hates water but only drinks it with her meds. The dr has finally told me he is gonna make her as comfortable as possible. No more new meds or tests unless absolutely necessary. Here lately she has been asking me where did the children or the little girl or the the boy who was just here go. As far as dehydration goes thats a possibility cos like i said i cannot make her drink water whatsoever. She is all about Orange Crush and orange juice. If i water down her orange crush she knows and wont drink it. The dr told me not to force any water on her since her kidneys are failing because they could get worse and she will just retain all that water. Said to keep it up with what i was doing for now. Her legs and feet get very swollen but its all because of that. Thank you everyone for your advice so far!!
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It is very important that she stay hydrated, dehydration can cause hallucinations.
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This is a very frequent experience towards the end of life usually in the last couple of weeks before passing. They are different from hallucinations in that they occur in mentally healthy people and the patient will often enjoy these spiritual visitors. They can be people the loved one had known from the past or complete strangers and are like a waking dream. These visitors are not frightening to the loved one and often bring comfort. It is extremely rare for a caregiver to be able to see them too but may be in the room when the patient says he or she sees them. Working with the terminally ill gives the caregiver a very privileged insight into the events surrounding the dying process. What this tells you is that the time is getting close and other family members should be alerted and everyone prepared to say their final goodbyes.. Private time alone with each person allows the loved one to have a private conversation. Do not exclude children unless their parents feel it is very detrimental to them. that is definitely the parents call. There is not better way for children to learn that dying is natural process and not frightening. The moment of death is usually very peaceful even when there has been much suffering leading up to it One little three year old held my hand and went in to see her grandmother and spontaneously ran over to the bed to kiss her grandma, When the funeral home came to take the old lady out she ran through the house calling "bye bye grandma" after the gurney
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Can you give us some more details? How old she is, what her health issues are... ?

But yes, I agree with Jinx, she needs to see her doctor.
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It may mean that she has an acute infection, especially a UTI. What color is her urine?

Don't we talk about lovely things here? LOL

Contact her doctor. Is she on new medication? Is she taking her medication correctly - not skipping or double dosing?

I don't know if hallucinations mark a particular stage.
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