Our family doctor acted fast to help with my mother in laws extreme paranoia . He knows that she has dementia and this is in no way her normal behavior. He arranged for the hospice nurse to do an evaluation today. Only problem was that the hospice nurse could not get out of her driveway!
Anyhow, she calmed down some as the day wore on and we finally got her admitted to the local hospital for an evaluation. Seems as though her mental status changed so fast they have to rule out things like stroke before they can sedate her or put her on antipsychotics. The good thing was that Elsie was never afraid of her family. So she got some comfort from our presence. Her fears were of strangers who were in the house and the nurse's aide.
She was also happy to stay in the hospital. They kept her overnight and are running tests. We cautioned them that the morning is her worst time.
It turns out that the ER doc was a flying buddy of my Dad's and the ER nurse was a former student of mine. She said she uses a lot of the Spanish that I taught her. I was glad to see her and comfortable leaving my baby (Hubby's mom is our baby now) with her.
On Being Afraid
1 month ago