Ask an expert
Question

21 Nov 2005

Ouma van 85 hallusineer, sien vlermuis spinnekoppe
My man se ouma het van gister af hierdie beelde begin sien, sy sien vlermuis spinnekoppe oral rondkruip, die spinnekoppe kom uit haar skoene en klim op haar, sy gaan histeries tekere. Die sister in die tehuis waar sy woon sê dat daar niks is nie dan huil sy en sê dat hulle vir haar jok. Haar brein is nog baie helder, dit is slegs hierdie drogbeelde wat sy sien. My man het haar vandag geskakel om te hoor hoe dit gaan, sy sê dit gaan baie goed, sy kry net baie warm want haar waaier wil nie werk nie, hierdie spinnekoppe het in haar waar gaan nes maak. Kan u my asseblief help, ek weet nie wat om daarvan te maak nie. Hoe kan ek haar help?
Answer 2,769 views
Expert
CyberShrink

01 Jan 0001

OK, sounds lke she is hallucinating. The sister is not being very skillful in dealing with this, as though WE can't see what she sees, her experience is exactly what it would be if it were really happening --- so if one isn't tactful in how one tries to re-assure her, it can be avan more frightening for her. Ideally, she needs to be seen by a Psychiatrist, maybe a good GP if one atends the home.
Many old people function very well so long as their health is fine, but can be easily tilted into confusion and hallucinations by many different factors --- maybe an infection, like a bladder or chest infection and a fever ( maybe that's why she feels so hot and feels sure the fan isnt working properly ) --- or as a side-effect of many different medications she may be taking for other reasons. SO what she needs is first a good physical checkup to be sure there isn't any physical condition needing to be treated before it gets worse. Then there are several anti-psychotic sedative medications she can be given which will both help her to feel more peaceful, and help to clear up these hallucinations. If it is related to a dementia --- and this condition may appear so gradually, espeially wih someone living a quiet life in a home, that it may already be quite advanced before it is noticed --- if it is in the earliest stages there are some medications which may slow its advance, but otherwise one would use the same anti-psychotic tranquillizers as before mentioned.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 552 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 3061 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 617 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.21
-0.1%
Rand - Pound
21.32
+0.1%
Rand - Euro
18.70
+0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.24
-0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.4%
Platinum
1,016.00
+1.2%
Palladium
1,617.34
-3.0%
Gold
1,929.54
+0.0%
Silver
23.58
-1.4%
Brent Crude
87.47
+1.5%
Top 40
74,766
+0.4%
All Share
80,791
+0.4%
Resource 10
77,871
-0.4%
Industrial 25
103,872
+0.7%
Financial 15
16,281
+0.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE