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Night Calls [Jan. 22nd, 2018|12:34 pm]
Tony Grist
My mother called for us twice in the night. Once at three and again at five. The first time she'd forgotten what she wanted by the time I got to her, the second time she needed the toilet. I was a little stern on the first occasion, not angry exactly, but stern.  The second time we suggested she get back into bed after returning from the bathroom and she said "I don't go to bed at five o'clock" and we said "Five in the morning" and she burst out laughing. 

This morning we asked the carers to dress her and sit her out in a chair. Perhaps she'll sleep better for having gone through the motions of getting up. 

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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-01-22 04:22 pm (UTC)
Are you familiar with the phenomenon known as "sundowning" in some cases of dementia?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-01-22 04:37 pm (UTC)
No, that's new to me.

My mother doesn't have those symptoms. She's just far away and a bit confused all the time.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-01-22 06:18 pm (UTC)
keeping with a pattern does help

glad she remembered what she needed the 2nd time
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-01-22 06:38 pm (UTC)
It may have been what she wanted first time too. She just can't hold onto an idea.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-01-22 10:23 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of very elderly lose all notion of a 24-hour clock along with the rest of what they lose. It0s a good thing she can still call when she needs the loo.

Yes, maybe returning her to some semblance of waking hours and sleeping hours will help.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-01-23 09:02 am (UTC)
She didn't wake us last night so maybe her internal clock has readjusted itself.
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