It was two weeks ago that I described Kate’s sleep issues that kept her in bed all day for three different days. I was concerned about a new pattern that might be emerging. I am glad to report that for the past week she has either gotten up early on her own or rather easily when I have had to wake her. More important than that, she has been cheerful throughout the day. It’s been a long time since I have been able to say that.
Yesterday was another day that I didn’t have a problem getting her up, but it was a day when she was troubled several times with delusions that we were going to be with a group of people she wanted to avoid for some unexpressed reason. When I tried to get her to clarify who she was talking about and what the problem was, she seemed irritated with me and said, “You know.”
We are in Nashville for a visit with our friend Ellen this afternoon. Kate rested an hour after we checked in at our hotel yesterday. When I told her it was time for dinner, she was absorbed by a delusion that a woman had been in our room talking with her about a program to help women. Kate was disturbed that the woman was gone and wanted us to work with her in the program. It took me about twenty minutes to get her ready to leave. She didn’t need to do anything but go to the bathroom, but she was so caught up in telling me about the woman that she wouldn’t get up. Even after we were on our way to the restaurant, she talked about the woman and her project. Despite the amount of time she talked, she didn’t tell me enough for me to understand anything about the program except that it was to help women and that she wanted to be involved. She kept repeating the same things over and over.
This is another case when diversion worked to take her mind off this issue. Once we parked the car and walked into the restaurant, she apparently forgot about it. I haven’t heard another word since.
At 1:30 this morning, she woke up and was confused about where she was. For about thirty minutes, she repeatedly asked where we were. I told her, and she would ask again. Finally, she stopped. I am eager to see what today will be like. She has been awake off and on for almost two hours. She is in good humor although she has had several hallucinations about someone who is here in the room with us.