A while back mom fell at home and was acting extremely confused so dad took her to ER to make sure she did not hit her head. She was admitted to the hospital for nine days and released to a rehab facility for six weeks then finally home. All tests came out negative. The doctors said the only reason they kept her in the hospital that long was because her blood pressure dropped each time she stood up and was a fall risk. I suppose one question I have is whether it is normal to hold a person this long due to blood pressure?
Second, all the time mom was in the hospital and in rehab she was extremely disoriented. Nobody mentioned this to us or addressed it. Is that normal? It would have been hard for the staff to miss when she would talk like she was at home asking whether she picked out the bedroom furniture. She talked about how she made cookies for everyone on the floor. Other times she thought we were on vacation at a hotel. Sometimes she would lie in bed with her eyes closed and move her hands around like she was opening up a cupboard, and occasionally mention something about getting a piece of cake.
I am happy her disorientation was not scary or upsetting, but I do not understand how staff did not mention it. My dad was with her most of the time, and he never wants to mention it at all. I did bring it up to one of her doctors and he just said that yes, he agreed she was showing signs of dementia.
It seemed the whole time the medical staff only referred to mom's test results as the only marker for how she was doing. I would just look at her knowing she was far from alright, but maybe that's just me as a daughter. Does anyone have any insights on whether this is just normal practice? Thanks.