I’ve decided to share what I have been able to find about Marguerite’s problem and care giving.
Anyone familiar with the former Marguerite will know that she had a very outgoing personality. She never met a stranger and was a great talker.
All of that has changed. She no longer talks and generally cannot respond to an inquiry. She will not initiate a conversation and she is easily distracted. For example she will move away from a group who are conversing.
The problem became apparent after complications arose from a fall where she broke her hip. Subsequently she was diagnosed with extremely high blood pressure which delayed the original hip replacement operation. The replacement failed twice before a new hip replacement operation resolved that problem.
A brain scan revealed extreme damage which resulted in a brain that “looks like a 90 year old”. It was suggested that this was probably the result of multiple strokes.
The net result was that Marguerite has been unable to regain locomotion and is confined to a wheel chair. Fortunately she can operate an electric wheel chair with minimal damage to the house and furniture!