Our expert says:
I know, oh so well, how difficult this can be, as my own dear mom developed dementia, though without any alcoholism or other self-inflicted components. Now, dementia is a real diagnosis, but hardening of the brain I don't know of, perhaps a doc's attempt to describe dementia. ANY form of dementia would be made worse by alcoholism, so maybe her improvement related to stopping that. But it's odd that her decline after June 6 was so sudden and rapid. That might be worth the same doc's who know her previous state, investigating further.
Chronic alcohol abuse causes brain damage of some specific types, and though this may be improved by some specific vitamin supplements ( this needs to be cautiously planned, as the wrong vitamins could make the damage worse ). I'd also wonder, as does Liza, about the possibility of more self-medication including abuse of the Rivotril or something else, if she has been able to get hold of such meds. This needs to be checked and excluded or dealt with.
The CT family sound typical of those well-meaning people who have never realistically dealt with such problems. Its always far more difficult than people think. Unless any proper specialist can offer good reasons to expect a significant improvement, its not realistic to expect one. It really does sound as though she needs long-term care now, in a home experienced and equipped to deal with this. Discuss this with her psychiatrist(s) for advice. Putting her in a home is a thought that some of us feel very averse to, but if it provides her with a level of cae she neeeds and you can't provide ( and believe me, over the course of years it can be appallingly difficult to manage nomatter how well-intentioned you are ) might be kind, and quite he opposite of abandonment.
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