My mom often gets UTIs, but she's 74 now and she's in the hospital for a UTI. Okay, so here's a bit of a summary for the last 2 weeks. She's pretty much bed/wheelchair bound.
Middle of August: My mom is her normal self. She goes to the pain doctor and wants her prescription to change because it's not working. She was taking Oxycodone and the Dr was throwing out ideas and landed on "Morphine" and my mom said, yes, she'll try that. I did not want her to go on Morphine. My mom is/was mentally stable to make her own choices, so I didn't argue too much.
The next week: Somewhat mental confusion, and I think it might be a UTI. Or is it the Morphine? I ask her if she wants to go to the hospital, but she flat out refuses. I make sure she drinks tons of water and she seems alright. I also try taking her off the Morphine on some days so I can gauge if it's the medicine or a UTI.
The next week: She seems more confused and sleeping more. But I can still have a conversation with her alright and she seems to know where she is/who I am, etc.
Same week: She has a doctor's appointment and the Dr says she doesn't look right and should go to the hospital. So she goes. Her mental state seems to decline even more.
So, she's been in the hospital since Wednesday. And the doctor wants to discharge her tomorrow. Only problem is SHE'S STILL CONFUSED! I was just at the hospital trying to see if she can answer my questions. She remembers what we talked about yesterday, she can talk to me okay, but then she will repeat things and say strange things that don't make sense.
My mom has had UTIs in the past where she gets confused but it has not lasted this long. I am seriously worried and SAD. I'm so sad. I'm wondering if it's the UTI still at work. I talked to the Dr about it, and he said it's delirium, which matches with stuff I have Googled about.
I just have never seen it last this long before. Has anyone else experienced this and does the delirium start to go away? Or should I be concerned that it's dementia happening at the exact same time as the UTI?