My LO has been diagnosed with significant dementia and is in a AFL.
I'm waiting the exact cause from the Neurologist, but her MRI seems to indicate both vascular dementia and Alheimers. She has lost weight, lost most of her appetite, and is seems weaker since she fell and fractured her spine, then weeks later fell and fractured her hand. The orthopaedic doctor says these fractures are painful, but they will heal. She also has osteoprosis, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. She's only 63 years old.
She has an unexplained mass on her side. She claims it doesn't hurt, but they have scheduled a CT scan of it. She also seems to have a lot of fluid around her middle. All of her body is super skinny, except for her middle and that is very large. The two doctors who examined her looked very disturbed at her middle. They didn't venture any diagnosis, but just ordered the CP scan. Whatever it is, can't be good. I'm fearing the worst.
Is surgery every advisable for someone who is so advanced in dementia? From the stages I have looked at, she's next to the Last stage. Whether this mass is cancer, hernia, fibroid tumor, etc., I can't predict, but it's likely a surgical remedy will be offered. I just don't see how she could handle any more pain or strain on her fragile body. Any information would be welcomed.
The staff at the ALF have discussed palliative care. I'm researching that now.