Farewell, wife, mother
and dear grandmother, 10 'o'clock in the morning, Saturday, December 7th., 2002.
Concerning the three images above:
the small one is also on another page, and is an overpainted photograph of Margaret
Douglas around the time she was married in 1941. The larger photograph is Mum, in her
seventies, late in the twentieth century, near to the Planetarium in Kits, Vancouver,
with the West End in the background, and the rich guys boats just
in front. At least she seems happy, probably because the
photographer is her daughter, Lynn, on holiday from Auckland. The lower
photograph, with her husband, Raymond, was taken in Northfield, Birmingham,
England, in 1961, when Peggy was 42. Ray and Peggy were born in the same year.
December 8th 2002: We will receive a death
certificate, which will not include the cause of death. That is unknown, and
will not be provided. Her husband, Raymond Dickins, does not want to make waves, and
Peggy's cremation will
be allowed to provide a finale.
February 15th 2003: In a few days Dad will return from his trip to Auckland,
to stay with Lynn and Peter. Their son, David, came over for a week to see Dad,
which was nice for both of them. What will upset Dad on his return is the bill
for two ambulance trips, for the last three days of her life. I am particularly
upset that they took her out, obviously deceased, with a drip attached to her.
What a charade.
Memories are made of this, perhaps, but not in the old sense, and certainly
not in this one,
Three times Mum was
seen by a Psychiatric team at a hospital in Ottawa, twice at the Civic, once at the
General. Each time, no advice accepted from family members. Decisions were made by
talking to Mum, who relished the attention and was in consequence abnormal, and
also by taking a few tests. Each time she was deemed fine, and of no risk to
herself, and released late at night, usually close to midnight.
Simply said, this is not good enough. To repeat, not only no advice
the family but also none from the Psycho-geriatric
services, again ridiculous. It is improper that the health system is transparently so
compartmented that deaths can occur because pennies rule.
This listing of information is a
somewhat fragmented summary of
Margaret Dickins' health prior to her death:
and frailty growing together. Peggy cannot turn on the bath taps or deal
with the shower. Cannot dry herself properly, or use the backscrubber.
are near the end of 2002, and the major facts are total negativity and pessimism
combined with rapidly deteriorating physical abilities. Mater: Constant arguments
with Ray; regular statements made about committing suicide; nothing one
says is correct, but all of her opinions are. Makes one laugh, and come
near to crying.
addition: Donepezil, Aricept brand. 60 days 5mg, 10 thereafter. Alzheimer
forgetful and repetitive. Seemingly unaware that she may have told the same story
five minutes earlier, and reiterates her memories constantly.
5. Diagnosed as
6. Also diagnosed as demented, possibly Pick's Disease.
7. Affected by total inability to recognise that she is physically ill.
contrary. Anything that she disagrees with is wrong.
9. Has serious
dental problems, and refuses to receive help for that and for optical work.
10. No reading ability
without peering through magnifying glass. States that she is in no need of
emails, letters concerning Peggy Dickins.
Risperidone 0.5mg, one tablet at bedtime. This may be increased in her next
prescription. No recent progress report, but see April hospital fracas.
from blood and urine testing, 03/12/2002: clean. So,
what is preventing her from sleeping, and why is she periodically troubled
on the throne, by pooping her pants and constant vomiting? Had a further
blood test and EKG on April 20th, again clean, but no attempt to find the
source of pains in bowels, etc.
2nd, really sick. And, again, April 19th onward.
2002 Older stuff:
Peggy has been
taken to hospital twice now: both times sent home as soon as a psychiatrist
had seen her. My experiences were discounted. No real analysis occurred, in
my opinion. Mother is able to dissimulate adequately at these times. And,
the fact that I have been there both times probably hurt our case for
hospitalisation. Apparently, I am deemed competent as a support mechanism.
Note that, at LG's
last visit, June 17th., it was clear that whatever happened at the Civic or
the General, has not been passed to the PsychoGerries. No file updated. LG
thought that Mater had had a CAT scan.
about my mother, on the pages below, were added when it seemed appropriate.
indeed, constant repetitions of statements or
actions: the reason why should be patently obvious.
No desire to bore you silly, but this is
catharsis for me.
All errors of judgement are mine own, of course!
grammatical nonsense you may find was generally written in haste, please forgive me.
Firstly, the details of
2001: Mommie Dearest, that's Peggy
Bi-monthly pages for 2002:
January and February;
May and June;
Other pictures of Margaret Dickins can be
here can be found photographs of her own family,
including her dear departed brothers, both killed in WWII.
home page. Also, details on Donezepil
from the Rx List. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors pdf. Plus discovery
and development of donepezil hydrochloride for the treatment of
People in home care 05/11/2002
From the Globe and Mail:
coli and salmonella may cause Alzheimer's disease. And at the
coli in depth and
here for salmonella.
Alzheimer stays away
if mind stays active?
being omnivorous is better
of Physicians and Surgeons page and so forth. If one accesses the
Hospital web page, one is told that
calls cannot be answered with the attendee's name.
two articles about the improvement of Alzheimer sufferers after some
section, Guardian, original). And this,
middle-age memory loss.
Ottawa-Carleton Community Care Access Centre (http://www.ccac-casc.on.ca)
of oddments, some containing mental matters
about dosages for psychotics, and others
Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia
Pick's disease, of the
endocarditis, brought on by poor dental hygiene
Adobe pdf file
re psychogeriatrics and dementia in
effect as efficacious as Prozac?
Not that everyone dies
from the same disease:
Parker-Bowles on her mother's death from osteoporosis
of the page, whoops, good morning, Peggy Española!!