Over the past couple of months I have noticed my MIL has stopped doing things that used to be a daily activity for her. She stopped with the weekly stuff first, not going and having her hair done, not grocery shopping, just not doing anything. I know she had hopes of getting rid of the walker after her surgery, but she has no balance and she shuffles more than walks. I have tried everything I know to encourage her just to try walking and practicing going up and down stairs, to no avail.
Then mom started to sleep all the time I actually have to wake her to go to the bathroom. She won't go to bed any earlier than 11pm, and doesn't get up till I wake her at 9am. But it's the day time that bothers me more. She is almost always falling asleep. I talked to her doctor and I have to take her in before her regular appointment to have her checked.
The biggest concern I guess is that she doesn't always come fully awake. She enjoys her dreams, everyone is in them that has died, so she can pretend. Only problem is she will look right at me and doesn't have a clue where she is. There are several possible medical reasons for this but the last month I can see a change in mom. She is just waiting to die.
I don't know how I'll handle this but her doctor is great and my family helps as much as they can from a 2 hour distance. I am more worried about how my family will be? I update them sometimes daily, kind of trying to prepare them for what I see coming.
Anyone else? What do you do?