Jean and I have recently noticed a new problem in that Mum often can’t understand what we are saying. We used to think it was her deafness but we have both admitted to each other that we think it’s more radical than that. This is making it even more difficult to communicate with her. I have to repeat myself so many times, I end up shouting and then she tells me off and says I don’t need to shout. I’ve tried writing things down but although she can still read, she doesn’t seem to take in what she’s reading.
Not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but we have a white board up on the wall in the lounge which I use to write the day and date then I update it if I go out so she knows where I am and when I’m coming back. I wrote on the board that I would be in at 8 pm tonight after being out for a couple of hours but when I got in she said “At last! You said you’d be back at 7.30.” When I asked her to read the white board she read it perfectly and still didn’t realise her mistake.
I’ve also noticed that she doesn’t put her headphones on any more to listen to the TV unless I prompt her. It’s as though she’s forgotten what they’re for. I’ve started automatically putting the subtitles on if she’s watching but I’m beginning to think she understands very little of TV programmes in general.
On the upside, I’ve had several good nights of unbroken sleep. However, things always start to go a bit pear-shaped on Wednesday (tomorrow), the day before she goes to the Day Centre.