Well today is the day that mum will receive the scan results from her GP. We decided that she should be told, partially as she has mentioned the scan (i.e. she remembered) and it feels like the right thing to do. Not easy however.
How will she react? Shrug of the shoulders, denial or non acceptance, will she worry and become upset. Its got to be a scary thing to be told you have a brain condition and that medical science hasn’t any solution for you. There are a few drugs available that have the potential to slow the memory loss symptoms down but they are not guaranteed and don’t work in all cases. This is one of the items to discuss today.
My biggest concern is that mum will worry that she will end up in hospital or a home and I’m sure this will play on her mind and will need a lot a reassurance from the GP, Sonia and I and the rest of the family. The fact that we are selling the house so that we fully move in with mum for the long term will hopefully reassure her.
The cheery thought for everyone reading this is that dementia is now the leading cause of death according to the Office for National Statistics – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37972141
Unfortunately lots of us will be dealing with these types of similar situations in the future with our friends and family!