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  • #16
    Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
    You can read all the leaflets you like, but a personal story and advice like that from Bristol White is extremely valuable. Thanks very much for taking so much time and trouble to construct such a helpful post.

    I think one thing has been established.... Full on assault and challenge is utterly pointless... Go with the flow and compromise is they way forward...In short patience and sympathy... best of luck.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by prestonmadhouse View Post
      Even though she passed the doctors assessment, doesn’t mean that she does not have dementia or something similar. You can go back to the doctor alone and explain all the things that you’re experiencing. It helps build a case for her to get recognition and treatment.
      As for correcting her or pulling her up, it quite possibly will be a waste of time, as she will become very defensive and upset.
      It’s all part of dementia and it’s not really her fault.
      Good luck with going forward with your family.
      I agree. GP's refer into specialist services for specialist assessments and I think that's whats needed
      Alex Neil “This club has had a certain style for four years and I’m trying to change that and the style I want to play is the complete opposite to that.”

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      • #18
        Grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about 10 years ago. Have watched him go through the upsetting decline of forgetting what he was going to the fridge for to currently residing in a carehome, a shell of his former self, unable to speak, recognise, stand or much else. The best policy has always been reassurance. The dreadfully upsetting part is when they no longer trust your reassurance because they don't recognise you. My advice would be similar to already posted, say we will get it sorted and move subject to something more benign. I remember my Dad cutting his Dad's hair when he muttered something along the lines of, "you need to hurry, the bus home is due in 20 minutes" (bearing in mind he was living in the home at the time). My dad replied with "I'll get you all finished up in 10 and you'll be on that bus no problem, now tell me about Tom Finney" and the problem was forgotten. The best advice I can give is be there. As horrible as it sounds the reality is you want to remember as much as you can about how they are/were before the illness really took ahold.

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        • #19
          I work with dementia patients day in day out, my own grandparents are both at different stages of it now, all the advice above is good, talk to he/she as normal, embrace their reality, talk to them about their past (best conversations ever) it's an awful disease but they still hear some of what we are saying, my favourite service user is in the end stages of V dementia, he's non verbal and can't move but yet I see a twinkle in his eye when I say something funny when I'm looking after him, He deffo knows what is going on around him even though he can't say so, just give her love and indulge what she thinks is going on.

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          • #20
            My mother has been recently diagnosed with early stages of dementia.

            She was also suffering from Psychosis following the death of my father. The mental health team have prescribed her with two sorts of medication, one for each condition Olanzapine and Donepezil, which are making her life very miserable.

            Has anyone on here had any experience with these medications, particularly the first one for the psychosis? She's turned into a zombie after being on this for 8 months?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
              My mother has been recently diagnosed with early stages of dementia.

              She was also suffering from Psychosis following the death of my father. The mental health team have prescribed her with two sorts of medication, one for each condition Olanzapine and Donepezil, which are making her life very miserable.

              Has anyone on here had any experience with these medications, particularly the first one for the psychosis? She's turned into a zombie after being on this for 8 months?
              Olanzapine is a widely used atypical anti-psychotic for the treatment of psychosis and/or schizophrenia, although I've seen it used in other psychiatric disorders rarely, bi-polar I think??? It's an atypical as its from the newer generation of these medications with less reported side effects than the older versions. It does have side effects as do most medications so if she's over tranquillised I'd ask for the dose to be reviewed as a starter. The other medication I'm assuming is for dementia and Ive no experience of it.

              You can look all these meds up online with the BNF but remember if anyone ever reports a side effect it is listed as a yellow page submission by professionals. For a balance look up the side effects of Aspirin. It might be less than 0.001 % of the population but it will be reported.
              Alex Neil “This club has had a certain style for four years and I’m trying to change that and the style I want to play is the complete opposite to that.”

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
                My mother has been recently diagnosed with early stages of dementia.

                She was also suffering from Psychosis following the death of my father. The mental health team have prescribed her with two sorts of medication, one for each condition Olanzapine and Donepezil, which are making her life very miserable.

                Has anyone on here had any experience with these medications, particularly the first one for the psychosis? She's turned into a zombie after being on this for 8 months?
                Good luck for the future.
                Raefil, He's the second best moderator this forum has ever had, closely behind Nobber.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by marsbars View Post
                  Olanzapine is a widely used atypical anti-psychotic for the treatment of psychosis and/or schizophrenia, although I've seen it used in other psychiatric disorders rarely, bi-polar I think??? It's an atypical as its from the newer generation of these medications with less reported side effects than the older versions. It does have side effects as do most medications so if she's over tranquillised I'd ask for the dose to be reviewed as a starter. The other medication I'm assuming is for dementia and Ive no experience of it.

                  You can look all these meds up online with the BNF but remember if anyone ever reports a side effect it is listed as a yellow page submission by professionals. For a balance look up the side effects of Aspirin. It might be less than 0.001 % of the population but it will be reported.
                  Thanks for your help here my friend, much appreciated. I've banged on to her gp and we have cut the dose down in half to be taken at night, and she's 1000 per cent better in just over a week!!!!!!

                  A bit of paranoia has returned but it looks like we've got her back!!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Bhagwan H View Post
                    Thanks for your help here my friend, much appreciated. I've banged on to her gp and we have cut the dose down in half to be taken at night, and she's 1000 per cent better in just over a week!!!!!!

                    A bit of paranoia has returned but it looks like we've got her back!!
                    What a great thing to read. Great stuff!
                    Raefil, He's the second best moderator this forum has ever had, closely behind Nobber.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by marsbars View Post
                      Olanzapine is a widely used atypical anti-psychotic for the treatment of psychosis and/or schizophrenia, although I've seen it used in other psychiatric disorders rarely, bi-polar I think??? It's an atypical as its from the newer generation of these medications with less reported side effects than the older versions. It does have side effects as do most medications so if she's over tranquillised I'd ask for the dose to be reviewed as a starter. The other medication I'm assuming is for dementia and Ive no experience of it.

                      You can look all these meds up online with the BNF but remember if anyone ever reports a side effect it is listed as a yellow page submission by professionals. For a balance look up the side effects of Aspirin. It might be less than 0.001 % of the population but it will be reported.



                      And you want to be a wagon driver?...... Feckin waste if you ask me.
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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Bhagwan H View Post
                        Thanks for your help here my friend, much appreciated. I've banged on to her gp and we have cut the dose down in half to be taken at night, and she's 1000 per cent better in just over a week!!!!!!

                        A bit of paranoia has returned but it looks like we've got her back!!
                        Bloody great news Brill Happy for you. Its always a balance between symptom management and side effects.
                        Last edited by marsbars; 10-09-2018, 07:59 PM.
                        Alex Neil “This club has had a certain style for four years and I’m trying to change that and the style I want to play is the complete opposite to that.”

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Liberation View Post
                          And you want to be a wagon driver?...... Feckin waste if you ask me.
                          17 quid an hour working 3 days of my holidays as an RMN Libs and on 27 quid an hour driving an 18 tonner to Manchester the morra
                          Alex Neil “This club has had a certain style for four years and I’m trying to change that and the style I want to play is the complete opposite to that.”

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