My father is 63 and has been on disabiilty for at least 10 years for severe back pain. He has had a few surgeries too. He has been taking vicodin for the pain, and has been for years. He also takes valium at night before going to bed. These aren't new medications to him, he has been taking them for years now. He does drink beer as well - which is also not new.
This past week, he awoke at night and didn't know who my Mom was. They have been married for over 40 years. He asked who she was and she told him. He also felt the great desire to right something down, so she gave him a pen and paper and instead of writing horizontally like normal, he wrote very fast in 4 up and down columns with writing that looked like symbols of some sort. It kind of reminded me of egyptian symbols or something. Then he went back to bed and thought my Mom was his nurse.
When I came to visit this past weekend, he awoke after I got there and came downstairs... and looked at me, started crying and said "you are my daughter, right?" and then stopped crying and was normal. Then when going back to bed, he pointed at my Mom and said to me "You are her friend right?"
My Mom said this has only happened that once with her and then on Friday night when I was there. But she had found some pieces of paper in the past all crumpled up on the floor with the weird writing on it.
Does anyone have any insight as to what is going on?
He has a doctor's appointment on Feb. 21st for his checkup... he goes quite regularly since he's on medication. And this time, my mom is going to go with him. She wanted to take him to the hospital the first time he didn't know who she was, but he refused to go. He said he has to work himself up to go to his regular appointment in February. He hates going to the doctor - so trying to get him to go outside the usual schedule is most likely not going to happen.
Since he has been taking the same medications for quite some time, we weren't sure why this is happening, or if there could be something more serious going on. He tells my mom that he just doesn't feel right and he talks about having to "be prepared in case I die." It's making us worry quite a bit as to what is going on.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.