Monday, October 24, 2011
SUNDOWNERS AND DIVALPROEX TO THE RESCUE
I’M BACK in Florida taking care of Mom again. Its day four and things haven’t settled into, let’s say, “A rhythm” yet but I’m hoping things improve soon. Added to the mix this time is that I now have to be my brother’s driver because his diabetes has caused some loss of vision. We spent most of the afternoon at the specialist’s office, an injection in the eye to bring down some inflammation and another appointment next week may bring some improvement, at least I hope so.
Just like clock work, around 5 o’clock my Mom started to get agitated, demanding and generally a pain in the neck,…yep, the dreaded “sun downer syndrome was kicking in, but Ta Dah,…I had one of her Divalproex in my bag to give to her and within 20 minutes she began to settle right down…thank you Dr. Allen. The cliche “better living with pharmaceuticals” is really true when it comes to dementia patients and the quality of their lives and the lives of their care givers.