Dear God, Help me - page 3

I just listened to this for 12 hours- almost literally non-stop. I just felt the urge to put it in an online forum full of nurses who may sympathize with my numb brain. God Bless Alzheimer's.... Read More

  1. Visit  DizzyLizzyNurse profile page
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    We had a lady who kept yelling, "Help me! Help me! Help me!" One of our supervisors tried to get her to say something "a little more pleasant". She tried to get her to say, "Mary had a little lamb"...which the woman repeated over and over....until it became "Mary had a little man, Mary had a little man"...."Mary had a mailman, Mary had a mailman"...."Mary had a man, Mary had a man." Another resident then yelled, "Well good for Mary then!"
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  2. Visit  DizzyLizzyNurse profile page
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Oh, our poor patient who was a nurse...
    "Call the pharmacy! Call the pharmacy! I've made an error! Call the pharmacy!"
    Oh, dear god!
    Even in dementia there is no reprieve!
    My worst nightmare.

    I took care of a lady who thought she was on vacation on a cruise. Every day lol. She thought she was sitting at the captain's table during meals. It was so cute! I hope if I get dementia I think I'm on vacation every day!
  3. Visit  *4!#6 profile page
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    These dementia stories are cracking me up and bringing back fond memories! I miss LTC and geriatrics so much!
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  4. Visit  LibraSunCNM profile page
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    Quote from artsmom
    We have a former DON patient who is a high fall risk, especially overnight ,so the nurses give her a clipboard and she goes along for the med pass. She will make notes about the job the nurses do and also which patients she feels the doctor needs to come see.
    This is adorable! I mean it's really sad, but it's so great that the nurses got creative with her and kept her happy overnight.
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  5. Visit  teeniebert profile page
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    Quote from DizzyLizzyNurse
    I took care of a lady who thought she was on vacation on a cruise. Every day lol. She thought she was sitting at the captain's table during meals. It was so cute! I hope if I get dementia I think I'm on vacation every day!
    I took care of a lady who came to LTC for rehab after hip replacement. Her kids chose the facility because it was close to her old home, and her sister-in-law already lived there on the memory care unit. Well, this lady was much more demented than the family had realized, wanting to go home every night and calling all of her kids wanting to know when they were picking her up, and trying to get out to walk home (she knew WHERE she was, and it was only about 2 miles from 'home', but she couldn't remember WHY she was there)...when she was discharged from PT/OT, she moved into the memory care unit and roomed with her sister-in-law. It turns out that they used to take weekend trips together in their 30s and 40s, just to get out of the house and away from the kids for a couple days. Now they're on an extended trip and this hotel is so nice and isn't it great that our husbands take care of the kids/houses while we're gone and oh dinner was so good last night I wonder what they'll serve for breakfast...their world is beautiful.
  6. Visit  sharpeimom profile page
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    My grandmother who had advancing Parkinson's eventually had to move from our house into a
    skilled nursing facility. We were fortunate to get her a private room.

    Down the hall, lived a very very old Jewish lady who, in her demented state, no longer remembered
    any English. She could only manage a few words of German (sometimes) and Yiddish. Mimi would
    wander and screamed or called nonstop. Usually, it was garbled and made no sense.

    Grandma had been a German professor. She'd call out to Mimi in German, giving her simple directions
    to get back "home" (to her room.) Grandma would count the rooms: "Eins...Zwei...Drei...Vier...until
    Mimi was at her door. Always, Mimi would call, "Danke!"

    Mimi loved to "go to the market" and would usually find treasures in other residents' rooms, which staff
    would quietly return.

    If Mimi would awaken in the night, she'd call out, "Mary! Mary! We're late to the shops!" If grandma
    were awake, she'd answer (in German) "It's all right, Mimi. We have nearly an hour before they open."

    Mimi would settle down and sleep.
  7. Visit  Amber Lynn profile page
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    This makes me laugh! I am a charge nurse on a dementia unit. Out of our 28 patients, only two call out repetatively.

    The one is a female patient on hospice who is practically bed bound now. All day..."Help me honey! Help me up. Put me to bed. Help me up!"......while she is in bed. 85 lb woman who Ativan and oxycodone sometimes does the trick for a little while. But only for a short period of time.

    Next is a male patient who will count repetatively and he misses numbers. It's cute, but he annoys the other residents sometimes lol.
    "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11"
    "1, 2, 3, 4......."

    Gotta love dementia! Takes a special person to be able to tolerate it.
  8. Visit  pfeliks profile page
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    Instead of telling demented patients to Sush! the babies are sleeping! We give them life-like baby dolls to hold. It works like a charm. A good NON pharmacological interventions. We refer to them as comfort dolls.
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  9. Visit  echoRNC711 profile page
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    Oct 2 by dirtyhippiegirl
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Oh, our poor patient who was a nurse...
    "Call the pharmacy! Call the pharmacy! I've made an error! Call the pharmacy!"
    Oh, dear god!
    Even in dementia there is no reprieve!
    That's just really depressing.
    Now you are really scaring me. My first 2 yrs as a nurse my husband would see me tossing and turning at night mumbling in my sleep "Did you check the charts. Did you check the charts "

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  10. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    I used to give the confused little old ladies who wander at night baskets of linens to fold.
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  11. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I used to give the confused little old ladies who wander at night baskets of linens to fold.
    We do something similar in psych: we've give our non-suicidal manic patients towels to fold. Most were very eager to have their hands occupied and it kept them out of trouble. Mind you, listening to them talk as they're folding laundry was exhausting
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  12. Visit  DebrahD profile page
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    There's this one little gentleman, who daily wheels up to the dining room, sits and continually says, over and over, "coffee, coffee, coffee." Most of the time he gets it, but until then he makes sure that he is putting in his order
  13. Visit  DebrahD profile page
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    Yes, that works like a charm!


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