Mum is 86. She is in remarkable shape physically and was dealing with minor short term memory loss, which she was aware of and compensated for (lists, calendars etc). Mum has lived alone since step dad died 2 years ago.
Mum takes no medication, is physically active, socially active, 100% independent except for minor computer issues. I should note that Mum is an identical twin.
Mum has stopped most the post op pain meds (2.5 weeks post op) but depression has set in. Physically she is doing well, she is getting around, even up and down the stairs. Mum had a short depression shortly after Covid shut down most her life and all her activities. But she was able to snap out of it.
I am worried about her now. To top things off a very old friend/former family member, has just died. She was 90 and Mum had known her for 60+ years.
I am very familiar with depression, but was wondering if anyone else has heard of post op depression?
Adding to the story, her sister stayed with her for the first week post op. Auntie is of course also 86 and in great physical shape, but she appears to be slipping mentally. I think that scared Mum.
I am taking Mum shopping in a bit, then going to take her out for lunch and a drive. It is a beautiful day here today and I think getting outside will help. Mum is rarely in her house, she spends a great deal of time in the garden or walking her dog.