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Mom thinks she is holding my sister

Mom thinks she is holding my sister

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Posted by Judy on October 23, 2000 at 23:49:43:

My mother suffered a severe right brain stroke in August and is paralyzed on her left side. She talks to her left side as if she was talking to a young version of my sister Jill. She sometimes thinks her left arm is Jill's. She also complains of the discomfort of constantly having to carry "Jill" and sometimes begs me to take "Jill" from her so she can get relief. The other day she was telling "Jill" that I was coming to take them both home.

Is this normal? Why does it happen? How should I react to this? I have been telling her that she had a stroke and her arm is paralyzed and because she can't feel it she thinks it is not hers. I hope this will pass but I suppose it serves as a comfort to her to have someone to talk to.


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