This past two weeks has been the most trying time of my life. My Mom has Parkinson's disease and has been rapidly declining since this past summer. Well, a month ago she started acting very agitated and mean, telling me what an idiot everyone was and how I've done such a bad job taking care of her.
Of course, I took it to heart even though I knew something wasn't right with her. I instantly thought she had a bladder infection and started begging her to go to the doctor. She was so confused, agitated and mad at everything and everyone that she refused. I begged for days and when we finally went, she told the doctor that I beat her and scream at her constantly. This, after I quit work just to stay home and take care of her and do everything for her. The doctor said she had a bladder infection, which causes extreme confusion and irritation, making people mean.
She took her medicine and kept acting stranger and stranger. She told us that some people come get in bed with her at night and kick her out, she asked a painter to paint the inside of her garage red, she wanted to call the police to file a report of breaking and entering because she found goldfish food at her house. Weird stuff. She kept acting more irrational and more irrational as the days went on. Finally, yesterday morning, she agreed to go to the hospital because she felt so sick.
Guess why she was acting odd.....because her SODIUM was low. Apparently, low sodium causes the brain to become agitated, confused, fuzzy and to hallucinate. Who knew? I couldn't believe it and when her levels went up she started acting more like herself.
I still really want her to go to an assisted living and she refuses which absolutely kills me. I'm terrified of her living by herself and falling. No medical facility will help us place her either because she refuses.
I honestly don't know what we're going to do to get her in a safe place but this has been the worst time. So confusing and no answer in sight. Taking care of an aging parent is more difficult than I every could have imagined.