... weeks 'assessment' to help her out. This was after her medication was changed and she started feeling 'empty'.. She ended up spending 3 months in hospital and only has come out on our insistence as she got worse and worse every day in hospital. She has a neurological disorder as in her neck has crumbled and suffers from spasmodic torticolis and was on medication for that as well as pain killers and anti depressants. The hospital increased her anti depressants and she started becoming worse and worse to such an extent as she is now unable to do anything herself. We have to bath her, encourage her to dress, make her go to the toilet etc. She is hallucinating most of the time and sees numbers and 'noughts and crosses' and is 'in another time zone'. We are at our witts end and desperate to have our mom back who at Christmas was a normal mother and is now pretty much a zombie who hallucinates.. Any help will be appreciates... Her drugs have been 'reduced' and she is now on trifluorperazine 2mg at night, venlafaxine 150mg in the morning and orlanzaprine 15mg in the evening. She also has Enoxaparin 150mg injections at night as she had blood clots a few months ago in her leg. She is weighing about 70kgs
Is this a hospital or a rehab/nursing home? It sounds like the latter. Either way, be sure to provide a complaint to the administrators. They will have to sort it out. If it turns out that she has developed a new condition like a minor stroke, you should have been informed. If the institution is at fault file with the state licensing board and get an attorney. This is one of those times where I believe the more you do the better. Not only will you help her, but you will help others who may be going through this as well. That is a gift that she will be thankful. This very good that you are looking out for her.
Be sure to talk with the prescribing physician and be sure you have the papers signed by her for power of attorney and medical decisions. Absolutely needed for this situation or anyone who might get ill. (All of us.)
Keep in touch and let us know what her doctor has to say about this. Onc you have those papers in hand, everything will open up regarding information about her care. Karen
Thank you so much for your reassuring responses ... She was in a psychiatric hospital... Sadly as she is '65' she was transferred into the 'elderly unit' for 65 and over after the first week (she has always been a very young looking/acting mom) so it was like being in a care home with little to no stimulation and the patients getting more depressed than when they initially arrived (as I could see) with the consultant only visiting for 10 mins once a week and the rest of the time the nurses and carers just handing out medication and watching the patients whilst they say in the lounge area doing absolutely nothing. As my mother signed herself in (thank The Lord) she wasn't sectioned so we could discharge her, when we realised that she was not improving and going downhill daily. I've got to admit its very hard work and she either is semi lucid or very anxious all days ...
She often thinks her clothes are too tight or too baggy, she sees herself 'shrinking' and says she's in another 'timezone' and is often hysterical when hallucinating. When she was first admitted into hospital and for the first 6 weeks they had her on so many drugs that when I did an interactions check on this site she had 5 major and 11 moderate occurances. I printed out the results and gave them to the consultant expressing my concern and the fact that she had now deteriorated dramatically and was hallucinating, shaky and was shown signs of becoming incontinent ... The consultant hoped I wasn't a 'google self diagnosis' person (I've never been a 'googler' and don't even take paracetamol and never go to the doctor) ... so was a bit peeved! My question would be ... How long does it take for the drugs she was on up until 2 weeks ago to be worked out her system ... Could there still be interactions happening as up until then the 'new drugs' still had 2 major and 5 moderate occurances?
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