My 87 year old mom suffered a mini stroke that affected the vision part of the brain a few months ago. We did not know and she did not either. But slowly, we started to notice little things, she stopped playing cards with the ladies on Friday. She played poker every Friday for over forty years. She did not want to go on the bus trips with the seniors, she loved to go to Yonkers Empire City Casino once a month. Then she stopped playing Solitaire on the dining room table. Ma, what’s the matter? Oh I just don’t feel good, I am tired, let me lay down. OK, Ma. She sent my sister to get her lotto tickets, this is a big thing because she never let us know how much money she was spending , we would laugh at her tell her it’s your money Ma it’s ok. Then the visual hallucinations started, small children, cats, fires and men in the house and a dog outside the living room window trying to get in. My mom has suffered with Macular Degeneration for over 50 years (a medical condition which may result in blurred or no vision in the center of the visual field. Early on there are often no symptoms. Over time, however, some people experience a gradual worsening of vision that may affect one or both eyes. While it does not result in complete blindness, loss of central vision can make it hard to recognize faces, drive, read, or perform other activities of daily life. Visual hallucinations may also occur and these do not represent a mental illness) Wikipedia.
We thought the hallucinations were from the Macular Degeneration, which she is under a doctors care. My sister called the doctor and they made a appointment. I stop by my mom every morning before I go to work and this morning I found her in the bathroom looking for the door to get out. I turned her around and she could not see me, she was looking passed me and telling me there are so many trees. That’s when I called 911. And after many tests and X-rays we learned about the mini stroke. My mom was in the hospital for one week and then transferred to a rehab for three weeks. With rest and exercise, she was able to come home. A big thank you to the wonderful people at Mt Sinai Astoria and NY Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.
My sister and I along with our family get our eyes checked yearly and we do not have Macular Degeneration.
She is still not playing poker or solitaire, but she is complaining and that is a very good thing in our house. She walks on her own and makes a cup a tea for herself and is going to physical therapy twice a week. She still sees the little children and she understands that they are not real. We bought a shower chair and I help her wash up. There is no magic cure or easy pay the way out of this. There are good days and not so good days around here as always. My mom has changed. TV does not make sense to her and she can’t follow along. She watches a daily mass and still loves to watch Ellen, but she cannot keep up and asks who is she talking to and what are they doing. She likes to watch cartoons now, she never did before. She is not interested in the daily number Lotto. It’s day by day and we are grateful because we know no matter what, it could always have been worse. We do our best to get through the day with out worry or doubt. If we have time to worry we have time to pray and so we do pray plenty and just believe that He has us in His Hands. Doing our best and letting Him do the rest. Wishing you peace, health, love, friends and family joy.