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missmaryp Sun 13-Mar-16 09:11:34


I am hoping you can help be telling me what you think I should do with the alarm bell that rung in my head when I visited my man yesterday.

She is very active, e.g. she was outside painting the shed when I arrived, more active than me! Anyway, when we went inside she stopped to shut the gate and said "oh I'll just shut this because of the dog". The dog she was referring to died at least a year ago. I didn't question her because I was surprised, and I also didn't want to embarrass her. If she'd have realised her mistake a normal/expected response from her would be for her to playfully chastise herself.

I know this is small, but it's out of character. There are no other symptoms I have noticed (apart from that she repeats stories a lot, and she also has been complaining that she is forgetting how to spell, sometimes simple, words when doing crosswords - but I have always assumed this is normal in older age) and I am not sure if this can even be classed as a (potential) symptom. She is active and well as far as I know, but I only see her once a week for an hour or so.

She does live with my mum however, and I'm erring towards just mentioning this to my mum so we can be 'on the lookout' for any other potential symptoms. I am not comfortable bringing it up directly with my nan because she is ridiculously stubborn and I don't think it would be helpful.

I'm just worried, I have never been in this position before. love my nan so much. I just don't want to put this aside if it could be an alarm bell for something more serious, and for which she could get help if necessary.

MattDillonsPants Sun 13-Mar-16 11:32:38

It could be a sign that she's had a mini stroke or a larger stroke too OP. Sometimes strokes happen with no real signs...or not many anyway and those can be easy to miss. COuld you ask her to get a check up? Has she got high blood pressure?

Newes Sun 13-Mar-16 11:39:35

I would talk to your Mum about it and see if she has noticed anything similar. She may be able to persuade your Nan to go to the GP for a general check and take it from there.

SmileAndNod Sun 13-Mar-16 11:49:19

My DGM gets very confused when she has a UTI - maybe a check up at the doctors is in order?

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