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My mother, who is 87, has a large number of health issues: rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes. The main one, though - caused by years of Methotrexate use (which she stopped taking about 18 months ago) - is Chronic Kidney Disease. Some time in the last 6 months, it reached Stage 5. During that time, she's been hospitalised twice: once for hyperkalaemia, and the second time (as a result of the confusion she's now experiencing) for not taking her meds properly. She had a full review of her meds on the last discharge (a month ago), and she's now taking them all properly.
Her memory lapses have become the most worrying symptom. At first we thought they were caused by UTIs, and she took antibiotics for a while. But she's now infection-free, and the lapses continue. Her GP said it's all part of the illness. We've now got a carer, who visits her every morning to check her with her meds, and I go in every evening and at weekends to check up on her, do any shopping she needs, etc. She still lives independently, otherwise, and doesn't want to move from where she is. I understand this, as the emotional disruption of leaving a place where she's been happy could be drastic. We're also awaiting a Social Services needs assessment.
I know this isn't going to get any better, and will only get worse. My question is... how long does this leave her? Will there be other symptoms at a later stage that indicate a final decline?
Thanks for any help anyone can offer
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