"Huh? What did I do? I was downstairs in the bathroom... I was putting on my night gown. What did I do?" I asked puzzled.
'Oh, if you don't know, then... " my mom said to me with an angry look. A look that made me realize that a hallucination of me caused her to be angry.
I am not even in the room and I am now getting myself into trouble. Is this a bad joke that the Universe is playing on me?
There's got to be a cause for the sudden change ...
Why? A question that I asked myself over and over again. I reviewed in my mind everything that was different; things that were out of the everyday routine. I have observed that when my mom's routine is changed, it creates a disturbance of some kind. I've also noticed that when my mom's blood pressure is high and uncontrolled, she hallucinates a lot more.
Last week, my mom went with my sister. Her blood pressure had become elevated over the course of the month since she began taking more Lisinopril; my mom hallucinated a lot more.
My husband and I expected a disturbance of some kind when my mom came back home, we just had no idea what to expect.
My mom she came home elated that she had seen my dad and he had spoken with her. She believed that my brother-in-law sleeping on the sofa in Maine was my dad. She wanted my sister to call our Naturopath Doctor to look dad over because he had been dead for 30 years. In my mom's mind, my dad had resurrected from the dead.
Back home, getting out of the truck she saw my husband who welcomed her home and asked her about her time in Maine. "It was a glorious time, it was amazing." She said to him with such enthusiasm, she was drunk with the joys of her visions of my dad.
I made the mistake of telling my mom that my dad would be back in a couple of days. For the first couple of days when she had returned, she was still super happy. She walked from window to window, looking and watching for my dad. She walked around the back yard when she wasn't walking in the house. Over and over she would tell me about the people dressed in black and how they were waiting for the bus that would take them to heaven.
Wednesday afternoon, everything fell apart. My mom got mad because she couldn't see my dad. She was pouting and saying things like, "I'll never see him again." She was on the verge of crying.
I screwed up. I gave her a time frame as to when she'd see my deceased dad. When dad didn't show up, she turned on me. She began to hallucinate about me. She got mad because her hallucination of me didn't speak to her. My mom, she was so mad she wanted to punch me when she saw me for real.
I did fix the timing thing, I told my mom that time is different here on Earth than in Heaven. My dad's 2 days could be 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years.
Blood Pressure Control Issue
Her blood pressure has been much higher and hard to control since she stopped using Cardio HTN, a natural supplement that we get from our Naturopath Doctor. A supplement that works great to control her blood pressure in a normal range consistently.
The supplement has magnesium in it which caused my mom a serious issue around the time we all got a stomach bug. She stopped taking the Cardio HTN and her kidney doctor had us up her dose of lisinipril from 10mg per day to 20 mg per day.
My mom's blood pressure kept going up. It was back in the 200/90 range which seemed to cause her to have more cognitive problems. She seems to hallucinate more when her blood pressure is elevated.
I contacted our Naturopath and asked him about Lisinopril, if it could be causing my mom to hallucinate more. It can.
Later I researched Lisinopril and discovered that a lot of folks who were once able to take the drug will suddenly form an allergy. My mom's nose runs none stop, she has a dry cough and she has been complaining about joint pain... all side effects of Lisinopril.
Our ND has my mom taking the Cardio HTN and her blood pressure is back to normal today. She's even dancing around with her headphones on, singing and dancing to the music on her mini mp3 player.
It sure is good to have Ma back. Every day my mom shows me that the body is amazing, that it can heal itself with the right care. Food is important, real food that is nutritious. I'm grateful to have a dancing mom today. High Blood pressure and hallucinations appear to go hand in hand with my mom's condition.