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very concerned grand daughter- please please help

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  • Posted By: amf74853
  • February 14, 2008
  • 03:04 AM

My Grandfather who is 89 years old was admitted to the hospital for pneumonia and while he was there displayed some very odd and uncharacteristic behaviors. The sweetest and kindest man you could ever meet is being rude to people, going into rooms of residents in his nursing home and disturbing them by switching lights on and off and stealing their glasses (he use to be an Optometrist), and is sometimes unable to recognize his own daughters. He recently had an MRI where the doctors reported there was a tumor in his brain (they gave him this same diagnosis 5 years ago, but then a second opinion dismissed that diagnosis) and bleeding of the brain as well. That is the only information they can give us, nothing else. It is unclear if his behavior is a result of being separated from my grandmother and his concern from her well-being, or because of the reported bleeding of the brain or "tumor". I did some research of my own and thought that cerebral ventricle neoplasm seemed to fit a lot of his symptoms and behaviors. Please help.

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  • If he really didnt want to be there, the hospital could of really stressed him out and have him acting oddly. Maybe he is thinking that if he acts up bad enough, they'll get sick of him and send him home?? Severe stress can do strange things to people at times. Or maybe he's acting up as he is feeling like he has no say or control in things? Have you tried to talk to him about his behaviour and seen if he has anything to say about it????? Also.. maybe one of his meds is causing his weird behaviour??? Doctors sometimes dont consider this esp if the behaviour isnt matching side effects that the drug is well known to cause. So consider this if he's on any new drugs. Some people can get strange reactions to drugs. Is there anyway he could go home for a couple of days, to be with his wife while under a family members observation? To see if that helps? (that would help show whether its' stress from the separation and being in hospital.. or if its suddenly being caused by a brain issue).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • February 14, 2008
    • 04:41 AM
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  • I am so sorry about your grandpa.Several possible things come to mind...Your grandfather's behavior sounds a little like he may have some difficulties with impulse control. Was the tumor or bleed near the front of his brain? The frontal lobe controls impulse control. A lot of people with dementia have difficulties with their frontal lobe and can become very impulsive and do things they ordinarily wouldn't. It doesn't sound like your grandpa has dementia, though, since it seems to have started rather acutely in the hospital. I'm guessing it's related to the tumor, the pneumonia, or possibly the medications he was on in the hospital.They may have put your grandpa on some medications that made him a little disoriented and/or possibly gave him delerium, although in delerium he would be really disoriented one moment and then the next be more aware and oriented. You sort of go in and out of consciousness. Delerium is made worse when you're not in your normal surroundings- you really need clues like a clock on the wall, pictures, etc to stay "with it". Sometimes it can be caused by a bladder infection in the elderly, so they hopefully ran urine tests to rule this out.There are probably other things it could be. I will keep you and your grandpa in my thoughts and hope he will get better.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2008
    • 10:41 AM
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  • i pray that your grandfather gets well now.I found these articles if it helps at allhttp://health.allrefer.com/health/delirium-info.htmlhttp://www.ccjm.org/PDFFILES/Inouye11_04.pdfhttp://www.umc-cares.org/health_info/ADAM/Articles/003255.asphttp://www.pediatricannalsonline.com/showPdf.asp?rID=20393
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2008
    • 01:07 PM
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