UTI and Psychosis

Posted by jassafrass81 @jassafrass81, May 6 10:42pm

I helped care for my mother who battled colorectal cancer for two years. We had a remission party then a few kk ths later she started to make no sense and she wouldn’t sleep so we took shifts watching her and having to take knobs off the stove and locks on doors etc. the ER summed it up to a UTI. she passed within a week coming back home from a weeks stay at the hospital. It was almost like she had last stages Alzheimer’s- has anyone heard of this ? (When she was diagnosed colorectal it was stage 4) that pic is the night she came home from the hospital and knew our names etc and the next day it started all over again. She passed away a week after that. 10/9/22

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@jassafrass81, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear mom. You and your siblings took such good care of her when she was dealing with such a serious illness – colorectal cancer. It must seem unreal that passing could be caused by something so simple as a urinary tract infection.

Unfortunately, in the elderly and in immunocompromised people, like people with cancer or in treatment, an infection can be very serious. In older adults or people with weakened immune systems, the brain is more affected by the inflammation and the stress hormones that the body produces to fight the infection. The effects of this inflammation and stress on the brain are what show up as delirium. The person's sudden and unexplained change in their behaviour, such as increased confusion, agitation, or withdrawal, can mimic dementia-like symptoms.

How are you and your siblings doing?

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