Dear Friends and Family,
Today was the second full day for Mom to be on the medications. We are still seeing severe swings in her mood. We are hoping this will become more stable as the dosage is regulated and she is finally able to sleep. She slept eight hours last night (she probably has not slept eight hours in the past week). She was much more alert for our afternoon visiting hour. She was walking (wandering) with her favorite CNA, Amber. She was a bit agitated, as well.
When my dad and I went back for our thirty minute evening visit she was much more medicated after becoming increasingly agitated this evening. She was crying, hallucinating, and trying to get out of the wheelchair she was strapped into. I sang "You are my sunshine" and "Jesus Loves Me" to help her calm down. I was able to tell her how much I love her and how special she is. My dad did the same. I know she might not remember, but we will.
After talking to my mom's nurse today, the reality that she will come back to live at home is not practical. Even if the medication regulates her mood, she will require 24-hour care. This is something we all agree will be best in a nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's that provides lock down (to assure my mom cannot wander out). My dad and I are going to look at a facility tomorrow morning.
I can't thank you enough for your emails, prayers, and comments. They are so uplifting and to know that you are thinking of us means so much.