+ 1 for dementia. My old man went through a prolonged phase of irrational behaviour prior to the discovery of the root cause. I wish I'd realised sooner.
Help! My Mother-in-law has started behaving irrationally...
Take off and nuke her from space, it's the only way to be sure...
My MIL has developed dementia/Alzheimers over the past couple of years (ever since she had a general anaesthetic for a knee replacement operation).
Her daughters including my wife just thought she was getting a bit forgetful despite the other brother in laws and myself urging them to get her checked properly.
Sadly by the time she was diagnosed 18 months later she started to decline very quickly. She's gone from being a woman who you simply couldn't shut up - she could talk for England - to being insular, paranoid and incapable of basic life functions (incontinent, can't dress herself etc). The medication seems to have made very little difference.
I think early diagnosis can mean the progression can be slowed.
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