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Mystery Psychosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 3, 2008
  • 02:20 PM

My mother is 58 years old. She's always taken a LOT of medication (percocet, klonopin, etc) but no street drugs and she doesn't drink. She has always suffered from depression and lost her husband and BOTH parents last year. She had an accidental drug overdose in November, but seemed better than ever after her hospital release. At the end of December, she began to have mild hallucinations. I took her to the ER and after a weeks' stay, she was released with no definitive diagnosis. Her legs began to weaken after that hospital stay and by the beginning of March she could no longer walk on her own at all. She was found on the floor at that time, she had wet herself and didn't know the familiar people who had come to help her. She was taken by squad to the local ER, where things have been getting progressively more frightening and worse ever since. She's been in the hospital for a MONTH now -- NO diagnosis whatsoever. She cannot walk -- the muscles in her legs have at this point COMPLETELY atrophied. She's hallucinating hugely and constantly. She is not making ANY sense at all and does not recognize her own daughter. She doesn't know her OWN name -- nothing. She shows signs of neurological problems -- her hands don't stop moving, she cannot control them, she exibits "picking" behavior. EVERYBODY at the hospital is stunned -- everyone jokes that we need to get Crossing Jordan or House on the case as we are all stumped. They have done the most comprehensive neurological workups known to mankind -- she's had tests run on EVERYthing and there's nothing wrong with this woman, who has lost over eighty pounds in three months (and she wasn't that fat, guys) and can't feed herself. She's no longer urinating, she has to be catheterized, and at this point she has not slept for FIVE DAYS -- which is not at all like my mother. Everyone agrees she's getting worse, no one knows what we can do for her. Help, anyone??? I've been searching for weeks to no avail . . .

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