More Ups and a Down
Beebe continued to do well on Friday and Saturday. Hospice staff who come out to the assisted living facility to check up on her have been amazed at her recovery, one nurse saying in more than a decade of nursing he’d never seen anything like it. She ate well on Friday and Saturday, gaining back more strength. She took several laps around the facility pushing her own wheelchair (with us hanging on to her for dear life). Truly amazing.
She appears to be more talkative, uttering a few more real words amid the gibberish. Some even match up with questions we ask. Jennie sneezed and Beebe said, “God bless you!” When asked if she wanted something to eat she said, “Why the hell not?!” Asking “Hello Beebe, how are you?” gets her to open her eyes, shoot up her eyebrows and say, “I’m fine, how are you?” This many words in a row that atually make sense is not something we have heard since spring. She has even been able to focus her eyes on my face once or twice when I speak to her.
It is hard to say why this is happening. She hasn’t received her pills for almost a week, perhap a side effect from the drugs that stabilize her mood is sluggishness.
She is also extremely restless, she sees things that aren’t there, and random thoughts trigger fear and aggitation. Because of her Alzheimer’s, she has no appreciation of her surroundings. Her newfound strength is now a major concern as she is able to move her body into dangerous situations without knowing it.
Just after midnight yesterday (Sunday) Beebe got out of bed. The person caring for her didn’t change the batteries in the radio receiver they carry for Beebe’s bed alarm. After realizing it wasn’t working, the care associate just listened for the bedside alarm, which was turned down so as not to frighten Beebe. Beebe fell and cut her head.
No broken bones that we can tell, but Beebe’s restlessness and aggitation have increased and she only ate very small amounts of food on Sunday. I don’t know if this is due to the fall, sleep deprivation (she didn’t actually sleep until 6am) or even less remnants of the drugs that she used to take in her system.
I’ve not had a chance to get to emails, but I have read your comments to the blog. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. Your comments have given me strength and comfort.