Our expert says:
Trepline is Amitriptyline, an old antidepressant which is rather sedative. I wonder what does he is receiving, and whether this is intended to treat a properly diagnosed Depression, or in a small dose ( too small a dose is useless for depression, and antidepressants don't treat grief ) as a sedative.
Now, the dingetijie is curious, especially in the light of her having really wanted to have a small dog who would climb in the bed with her, yet when this dingetjie arives, it is not at all welcome to her. Older people, even with mild normal senility, tend to get more confused as it gets dark ( some call it "sundowning" ) ; and some drugs like Trelinie can add to the degree of confusion ; and quite a range of physical problems can also add to confusion. And when one is confused, one may misinterpret real experiences --- maybe Restless Legs Syndrome as Liza mentions, or even the pressure of the bedclothes on her feet, as something else, producing a dingetjie. If it was something as simple as that, placing a bed cradle in her bed to hold the bedclothes off her feet might help, so long as she didn't wory that it might give too much room for the dingetjie.
But such a specific hallucination / delusion is odd. Different medication might rid her of the dingetjie and help her to sleep better, but the advice of a psychiatrist or geriatrician would be best, to choose the right intervention.
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