Postoperative delirium in the elderly
'Peaceful' made a comment about this in my last post. I didn't think too much about it. I went to see my mum this afternoon. She wasn't there, but another demanding, mad, cursing person was. It was horrible. She was trying to get out of the bed. Demanding that I put the sidebar down so that she could swing her legs over. She wasn't supposed to get out of the bed. She was furious with me for not helping. She wouldn't leave the oxygen tube in her nose. Then she would calm down a bit, and talk about things that didn't make sense. She wasn't in a hospital, she couldn't figure out what all this 'stuff' was. She had never been in a hospital before she said. She has been, many times. The nurses came to help with her, got her on the commode, although she had been on it not long before. I walked out into the hallway and peered out the window at the rain and the view of the wall of another part of the hospital, and shed a tear or two. The nurses used a 'd' word. They said it is common, most people get it. Maybe most of the patients on that ward are elderly. When I got home and was looking it up, I was thinking dementia, but then later I thought it might have been delirium. Is there a difference? Doing all this reading is bloody scary (my mum used that word a lot this afternoon). The surgeon never mentioned it. No one mentioned it. I didn't know there was such a thing. It's damn scary. Will it go away? Please?
So after that sad visit, I went to a friend's and had a cuddle with this. Almost four weeks old.
He and his four black sisters are destined to become guide dogs or autism support dogs. You can read about one of his sisters from a previous litter, here, on page 4.
One day at a time.