Me: What lagna, Anna?
Anna, looking at me as if I am the dumbest person he knows: <xyz>'s madivay (wedding) lagna!
Me: Anna, it's 2015. <xyz> got married years ago.
Anna: So when do we go to the pandal for madivay oota (wedding feast)?
|Anna thinks he has an |
invitation card in his hand
I have unsuccessfully tried to to snap him out of his hallucination, many times. I have played along with "Anna, they've already had coffee. You drink your coffee". I have asked questions, "What does the bride / groom do? How many people are at the wedding?" I have tried to bring in a sense of time by asking, "When did <XYZ> get married? Anna, what year do you think it is?" I have also told him that there is no pandal, no wedding feast, no guests, no anything. But he is in a world of his own.
So, all-in-all, the last 2 weeks have been exhausting. The bar on the definition of exhaustion seems to be setting itself higher and higher as the days and weeks and months go by.
Anna's infection has abated a bit. The racking cough and the death rattle breathing are still there tho' they are less frequent. He has stopped sleeping propped up in bed as if he is sitting on a reclining chair. The big treatment plan is steam inhalation 4 times a day, accompanied by various complaints by Anna from "Ayyo! Amma!" to "I am dying (of steam inhalation)". It seems to be the only way to get the phlegm out of his upper respiratory tract. Possibly caused by food and drink going into the lungs and the airways to the lungs instead of the stomach - a common issue with Parkinson's patients.
For the past week, I have also been standing in for Anna's majordomo, washing clothes and dishes, ironing pajamas and bed sheets, cleaning bathrooms and courtyards, pumping water to the tanks and having drains cleaned.
And thru' it all, tho' Anna has been withdrawn and depressed when he is not hallucinating, I am comforted that his hallucinations are about happy occasions, surrounded by family and friends.
But I want them to stop.
It takes a lot of mental acuity to keep up with his hallucinations, even if they are happy hallucinations.
I just want them to stop, even tho' I know that they may be replaced with depression and disorientation.
And, I can't understand why ....... I just want them to stop!