... My husband has had alz for many years and has been in a nursing home for 5-6 yrs. I heard today on tv that sometimes they can die from dehydration. Has anyone heard of this. I ask because he was pretty dehydrated not long ago and had another UTI. Any info would be appreciated. (1 replies)
... Lisa, I am so sorry you needed to find us here but so very glad that you did :) You are on the right track! You have jumped the first hurdle. Recognizing there is a problem and finding out what that problem is will serve you well. As you have done, this gives you an opportunity to get legal matters in taken care of and a plan in place. It gives you time to learn,... (13 replies)
... Hopefully they will have word on the UTI soon Valerie. They can do a quick dip stick test and know almost immediately after the sample is taken. ... (52 replies)
... Valerie...I KNOW this is all so overwhelming, but I cannot stress enough that from my own experience...YOU HAVE TO BE pro-active. Some people might even say "aggressive" to get your father the help he needs. There's no excuse for not having a specimen by now, much less a diagnosis of UTI (if that's the case). I don't mean to appear judgmental...I'm NOT that, at all, I... (52 replies)
... I agree that a UTI can cause many symptoms and a rapid decline in cognition and in health. ... (52 replies)
... me he has ordered a few tests, one of them being a mid stream urine sample. 3 days and and they still haven't taken a sample. They said this could be caused by a UTI or the NPH. ... (52 replies)
... Valerie, sometimes it is difficult to put all the pieces together to find the true cause and effect. Today might just be a good day If they have him on any type of antibiotics then that would diminish the effects of any infection, including a UTI. Perhaps hydration was a problem, which can also lead to hallucinations in some. Then you have the pressure from the NPH. If... (52 replies)
... It is very true that the UTI CULTURE is such a valuable provider of information, as standard UA will not detect. Last May, my mom's UTI went septic. It had been treated with lesser antibiotics. ... (52 replies)
... He's very calm today. I asked the DR if he was given any different medication and they said nothing was given to him since last night. She was going to stop a medication that he was recently prescribed as she thought that might be the cause, even though l told her he was disorientated before this medication. They decided not put put a catheter in but still hadn't taken a... (52 replies)
... I would say yes! They are usually more in tune to diseases of the elderly and the complications specific to the elderly. Usually they have a knowledge of cognitive decline and how it complicates everything. The doctor can't ask Dad and get reliable information. They HAVE to talk to the family because you know Dad better than he does. He will say he's fine when you know... (52 replies)
... They did mention a UTI a few times but they couldn't get a sample, so they were waiting for a DR to put a catheter in to get a sample. ... (52 replies)
... Valerie, actually glad they kept him. Perhaps they can figure out exactly what is going on and how best to help him.
Has anybody checked for a UTI? It is astonishing how disoriented they can become if they have a UTI. Sometimes something so simple is missed in the search for the "bigger" reason.
I also find it amazing that medical personnel don't "get it" until... (52 replies)
... And there is always the UTI or other infections that might be causing his anxiety as well. If he has not had a urinalysis since he began this behavior, you might want to have that done! ... (52 replies)
... behind her words. Try to figure out if there is something is causing her anxiety and what that might be. If this comes on suddenly then have her checked for a UTI or other infection such as a sinus infection. ... (4 replies)
... Barb, take a deep breath times three. The anxiety you are experiencing will make you forget to breath. So just take a few deep breaths and know you will get through this.
Your Dad has has a dramatic change in his "normal". He has lost his wife. He is in chronic pain. He is in and out of hospitals for radiation treatments and now this. There are people coming at him... (10 replies)
... I personally don't think UTI affected my mood when I got them before. More about worrying but was not affected in the mood. ... (7 replies)
... Luau, a UTI can make anybody cranky and feel bad but the major cognitive effects seem to be limited to the elderly. I have seen a UTI have a negative effect on the cognition of elderly patients without dementia or in the very early states of MCI. ... (7 replies)
... I don't think that UTI testing could be used as an early detection highlighting tool. ... (7 replies)
... thank you for your personal experience, re absence of mental status change with UTI in a cognitively healthy person. This really sets me wondering. ... (7 replies)
... Can answer that one having experienced a couple of UTI's per year for a while after pelvic radiation. No effect on mental functions in my experience. My mother had dementia and as soon as there was any change in her demeanor there was an immediate test done for a UTI. Was considered a major mood changer in dementia patients and those living in a close proximity... (7 replies)