As I say often, “You learn something new everyday…” (And as many who know me hear me say even more often, “Every day’s a damn school day.”)
I now better understand the impact that certain infections can have on the elderly and on those with dementia. They can actually cause delirium.
And I now know that 30% to 40% of elderly patients with serious infection don’t exhibit the usual signs of fever due the inability of the immune system to mount a response to infection due to the effects of aging (or in Little Red Riding Hood’s case – Alzheimer’s). (I felt like Velma in a Scooby Doo mystery trying to figure out what was causing her further and furious decline.) If you already have Alzheimer’s, infections can put you into a mental tailspin. This was our week.
Fortunately, after copious amounts of heavy duty antibiotics and eye rolling, Mom was actually able to come back home this afternoon. She smiled at me more today and said many more words to me today than she has in the last few weeks. I even got some bona-fide Mom to daughter smiles which tickled me with delight.
We still will assess where we are with her doctor, but it appears that we have bought a little time for her, avoided the cuckoo’s nest/twilight zone for a bit longer and become better educated in the process.
I also had the privilege of doing a Yoga class today (hallelujah) geared toward technique and theory, which was fabulous. I also got to wear my awesome new yoga pants. And I got to take a lot of deep breaths, which were welcomed.
Oh, and MacGyver discovered a new Chardonnay for me named Irony which seems quite fitting. And it is quite good. MacGyver makes a damn fine Sommelier. Which makes me a damn lucky sidekick.
Overall it was a day of education and progress which is ALWAYS a good thing.
Thanks so much for your support on this journey!
What’s the most ironic wine you’ve ever enjoyed?