Re: 1st dad. Now MIL.
Dear Barb, sorry to hear all this.
The fact that she is now more delusional than before being in the hospital is 'to be expected'. Going into hospital is traumatic, and all the tests, medications, etc could make anybody irrational, at least for a little while.
Talking about just getting home from work reminds me very much of my Mom and how she used to talk during the middle stages of AD. But if this is the first time you have seen anything like this, wait and see if it stops after she's been home for awhile.
Your husband ought to be the one to go and listen to her doctor with her - Mom also came out every time and said ''Doc says I'm fine, nothing wrong with me at all" only for us to find subscriptions, free samples of pills, and she didn't know the reason he gave them to her!
Finally my brother took her to all appointments and sat in there with her for all consultaions, and heard (and told) sides of the story unknown to the doctor and unknown to Bill. Mom was ''telling tall tales" to the Doc for years - telling him places she had been to 'that week' (actually 10 or 15 years ago), things she had eaten, books she was reading, and so forth. She made an intelligent and believable impression - until the Doc knew the facts.
I almost think anyone around 80 or older needs someone to accompany them to the doctor, just because ''4 ears hear more than 2" and then one or the other of you can remember what he or she said! And remember to say everything on your mind.
"Bladder trouble" can be anything from a UTI to a cancerous growth, to one of the many types of incontinence or impaired continence, which are treatable and curable. Just to come out saying "I have bladder trouble' is NOTHING - not even a diagnosis. One of her kids needs to call the office and explain that Mom was not sure just what it was that was said about her bladder trouble what it is and what can be done .. maybe there's an antibiotic in her purse not being taken!
Poor you, Barb, first your Dad and now this ... I feel so sorry for you ..
Love and prayers,
Last edited by Martha H; 03-10-2007 at 01:45 PM.