What caused this? I think they have no idea to be honest, and I doubt we will get a definitive diagnosis. Possibilities are: (not in any order)
1) Some kind of fit
2) Some kind of stroke. CT shows no sign of a stroke or bleeding, but not all strokes show on CT
3) Chest infection complication
I think I mentioned before that his mood has altered, yesterday (Friday) particularly he seemed overly chatty, sometimes joking about like a giddy schoolboy. This could well be delirium caused by the chest infection. Evidently this kind of delirium is not uncommon, so that’s a reasonable likely conclusion. This could take a few days to clear once the infection has gone.
Mum and I have just spent a few hours there this afternoon, Esther and Jesse have taken over. Hoping to take Mum out for a nice meal tonight if she feels so inclined. I think time out of the house would be good, take her mind off it… well maybe a bit.
Phil had a rough night according to the nurse, calling out and getting weepy. It’s rough on him, and it’s not a specialist ward. He wasn’t so chatty this time, but his mood was ok. A great tearful reunion when we turned up. He fears abandonment deeply, and forgets that we will be coming to see him. He settles down quickly though once we are there, bored him to sleep with holiday pictures and train videos on my little tablet thingy. Getting quite hard to hold his attention and alleviate the boredom, a vicious circle.
So the big question, will he be out on Monday? The hospital say they want to keep him until mobility returns to something like it was before. Honestly it doesn’t look good, I tested out his ability to walk, and it’s pretty much gone. Standing up is taxing for him, I held his arms and he could stand but he was constantly using me as assistance, leaning hard against me. If I had let go he would have fallen straight away. Like I said before, we are working with his dementia consultant Emma to get him into a special ward if this looks like going on longer, fingers crossed there’s room for him. Cross that bridge when we come to it. His weakness could be a result of chest infection, new environment etc etc. No way to be 100% certain.
Mum is obviously stressed and depressed but she has a 10 mile wide streak of practical common sense and wisdom that keeps her on the path. Just have to find interesting things to keep her happier, and that’s a pleasure to do.
That’s the picture really, not feeling so optimistic today but these things go up and down, just have to be patient.