tjrasMOM Posted October 10, 2009 Share Posted October 10, 2009 My mom had WBR this summer. Her last treatment was August 15th. However, she has completely lost her short term memory and it's only started happening over the past 3 weeks or so. It's as if she has dementia or alzheimers. It has gotten progressively worse every day this week. She doesn't remember to eat or take her meds. We (her 2 sisters and I) take turns going over and giving her Ensure shakes and her medications. Mom lives with her 96-yr-old father. My grandpa can take care of himself, still works in his home office, handles his stock, bills, etc. all day. He tries to help Mom by bringing a glass of water in to her room so she can take her meds, but we realized the other day that she drinks the water...yet doesn't take one single pill. We've organized all her pills and tried to make it simple, but nothing helps. We've finally hired a woman to come in 3 times a day to give Mom her meds and make her a shake when my aunts and I are not available. She starts tomorrow. Mom is so confused. She's in a constant mental fog. And she knows she's not remembering stuff. Her memory lasts about 2 minutes, if that. We're trying to stay positive because her doctors (both pulmonary and oncologist) have told us that these are the effects of radiation but that it "should be" temporary. It's scary because Mom is so different. The steroids she was on completely destroyed the muscle in her legs. She is physically weak. She has lost 30 lbs since June. And because she hasn't been eating, I really think this is contributing to her overall weakness and confusion. But she's throwing up to. I know it was from nausea a while ago, now I wonder if it's occurring because her stomach can't handle food anymore. She can eat tiny meals, but that's pushing it. Tonight we all had dinner at the table and had her come sit with us. My aunt made her a plate, but the smell of the food was making Mom sick. I could see it in her face. So I took away her plate after she took 2 bites because she kept trying to whisper to me that she couldn't eat. She wasn't sure who had made it and if she would hurt someone's feelings, so she was whispering and trying to tell me secretly. I told her it was fine and that she didn't have to eat anything she didn't want on the plate, but that she had to eat SOMETHING tonight. So, I brought her a bowl with 2 hard boiled egg whites in it. She actually put a little salt & pepper and ate 1 1/2 egg whites. Her dr.'s said she needs protein and calories. Egg whites were suggested because they have no strong flavor and she might be able to get them down. I'm just scared because the brain damage has hit so hard in the past 2 weeks that it's shocking. Has anyone dealt with this? How long did it last? Were there any permanent changes? Thanks, Tova Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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