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Jul 24, 2019 09:23:54   #
homesweethome
 
Oh, that is wonderful news! Just wonderful! Please tell him Happy Birthday!
 
Jul 24, 2019 22:10:18   #
beejay
 
So sorry that all this has come down on you and hubby. Prayers being sent for both of you and daughter also.
Jul 25, 2019 08:45:35   #
JeanMarieG
 
Prayers for you and yours... Remember we are here if you need to talk...
Jul 26, 2019 00:14:16   #
spinlouet (a regular here)
 
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jul 26, 2019 06:40:56   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
Frank went to the rehab unit at the same hospital where his surgery was done. So glad they had a bed. He was there 2 years ago at the time of his Alzheimer's diagnosis. Great care. He was anxious & grumpy Thursday when he transferred. I just keep telling him he has to work hard if he wants to come back home. He has to be able to get up the steps to the house. Then everything he needs is on one floor. He's done remarkably well considering his age & osteoporosis. No post op complications at all. So now he has to really work to get his strength back & be able to navigate the stairs. Otherwise he is at his pre-op level of functioning. The anesthesia doesn't seem to have had a negative effect on the dementia. One day at a time. Move forward, not look back at "if only."
Jul 26, 2019 07:28:35   #
martina (a regular here)
 
charbaby wrote:
Frank went to the rehab unit at the same hospital where his surgery was done. So glad they had a bed. He was there 2 years ago at the time of his Alzheimer's diagnosis. Great care. He was anxious & grumpy Thursday when he transferred. I just keep telling him he has to work hard if he wants to come back home. He has to be able to get up the steps to the house. Then everything he needs is on one floor. He's done remarkably well considering his age & osteoporosis. No post op complications at all. So now he has to really work to get his strength back & be able to navigate the stairs. Otherwise he is at his pre-op level of functioning. The anesthesia doesn't seem to have had a negative effect on the dementia. One day at a time. Move forward, not look back at "if only."
Frank went to the rehab unit at the same hospital ... (show quote)


He seems to be doing well.That must be a big relief for you. Yes, one day at a time, look forward not back, although we all do that sometimes, it’s human nature. Look after yourself, caring is hard work and you need rest , and relaxation too.
 
Jul 26, 2019 11:21:26   #
lupadom (a regular here)
 
so glad he is now in rehab leis hope they keep him a while so that you can rest and recover too xx
Jul 29, 2019 22:27:21   #
nanacaroles
 
Char baby. I certainly am offering prayers for you and this difficult situation. A couple of years ago you offered to pray for my granddaughter who has an addiction problem. I thought this was so sweet and generous and I appreciated it so much. To this day I have a warm feeling when I see your name on messages. Blessings and all good wishes.
Jul 29, 2019 22:51:55   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
Thanks everyone. Frank's mental status is really foggy. I am going in early tomorrow to catch the doctor. I think the pain pills are making him goofy; he's hallucinating. He's had trouble in the past after other surgeries with opiates. Even much younger & stronger, pain meds made him psychotic. Today he was watching a pot of cheese sauce. Very strange but he was a cook. I hope it's the pain pills. Giving anesthesia to a dementia patient is always a risk. Time will tell. He's walking with a walker & 2 staff to spot him so he doesn't fall. Very dramatic which is actually pretty normal for him when he isn't well. Thanks again so much for your prayers and support. It means the world to me. I'll keep you posted. I'm sleeping a little better. Thank heaven for air conditioning. It's still sticky & in the 80s here. Rained just enough to bump up the humidity. God bless KPers everywhere!
Jul 29, 2019 23:11:37   #
SQM (a regular here)
 
charbaby wrote:
Thanks everyone. Frank's mental status is really foggy. I am going in early tomorrow to catch the doctor. I think the pain pills are making him goofy; he's hallucinating. He's had trouble in the past after other surgeries with opiates. Even much younger & stronger, pain meds made him psychotic. Today he was watching a pot of cheese sauce. Very strange but he was a cook. I hope it's the pain pills. Giving anesthesia to a dementia patient is always a risk. Time will tell. He's walking with a walker & 2 staff to spot him so he doesn't fall. Very dramatic which is actually pretty normal for him when he isn't well. Thanks again so much for your prayers and support. It means the world to me. I'll keep you posted. I'm sleeping a little better. Thank heaven for air conditioning. It's still sticky & in the 80s here. Rained just enough to bump up the humidity. God bless KPers everywhere!
Thanks everyone. Frank's mental status is really f... (show quote)


Thanks for the update Charred and you sound strong. Hallucinations can be interesting. When my mom got demented, she was so psychically seeing and hearing what others couldn’t, that I was fascinated. Stay well.
Jul 31, 2019 00:40:47   #
Designer1234
 
charbaby wrote:
DH was diagnosed with Alzheimer's & frontotemporal lobe dementia 2 years ago. Getting him to listen & follow direction has been next to impossible. When I was in the bathroom Wednesday early evening he decided to go out & sweep the front steps. I came out of the john & heard him fussing & swearing. He was leaning up against the heavy wooden railing. I helped him back in the house. He complained of right leg pain & had an abrasion on his outer left elbow. I don't know what the hell he did. And his verbal skills are so impaired he gropes for words & never gets there. He walked Wednesday night & all day Thursday into early Friday morning with my help & the walker. Started last night complaining of left leg pain & inability to move his feet when standing. But he could stand if I helped him up. Today, no walking, no standing, no ability to know when he had to urinate. Very confused, more so than lately. So against his pleadings & threats, I called the local rescue squad & brought him to the ER. The CT scan shows a fractured left femur right at the neck under the hip joint. Exactly how his Dad, then his Mom fractured theirs. Papa was gone in a week. Mama died 3 months after her surgery. Pa was 89; Mama 97. Frank will be 79 on the 24th. His health hasn't been good. Our DD is furious with me because I haven't gotten us moved to Columbus. I was reluctant because if she's too busy to pick up her ever present I phone & call once a week, what kind of support could I expect in a city where they are the only 2 people I know? But somehow his dementia & his fracture is my fault. I'm really at my wit's end tonight. Surgery is in the morning around 11. Please, if you're the praying kind to the God of your understanding, remember us in your prayers tonight. Thanks so much for "listening."
Charlotte
DH was diagnosed with Alzheimer's & frontotemp... (show quote)


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it is sad that you are dealing with all this. Old age is not easy for those of us going through it. It is hard on caregivers, ourselves and our families. However there isn't a darned thing we can do to change it.

I have you in my thoughts and Prayers. Have you gotten help for treatment to learn how to deal with dementia? It reached the case that my sister was unable to live at home even though it was heartbreaking for those of us who were trying to deal with it. She isn't that much younger than my hubby and I and
I know I couldn't deal with what is happening to her.

Growing old is not for cowards that is for sure. It sounds as if you need some outside help to sort out what is happening. I do know for sure that it is just about impossible to deal with dementia. Please take care of yourself. there are usually places where you can get information and help with finding the right thing to do for him.
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