Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I will definitely suggest to her about counselling and I think she would be open to it. She has respite once a week for 2 hours which is all she seems to be able to get at the moment. They do have many visitors and we try to send her out as much as possible whilst we look after Dad so she is getting little breaks here and there. Thank you for the suggestion of checking out his medication side effects, I hadn't thought of that. He has been on dexamethasone for a few months so that could definitely be the culprit. His speech and mobility really improved after taking it but not so now so might ask the doctor about whether he really needs to be on it. Unfortunately he is not actually able to say how he really feels as he gets his words mixed up and can't express what he wants to say so I don't think any counselling for him would really help. We are pretty sure he understands what is happening so it must be so frustrating for him to not be able to tell us how he feels. He can't read or write and lost interest in watching TV but I put some 60's music on for him the other day and he was singing along a little bit which was nice to see. Anyway, thank you again and all the best to you and your journey.
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Hi, My beautiful Dad (aged 71) was diagnosed in June 2019 with Grade 4 Glioblastoma. It's terminal and has affected his mobility, speech, cognitive function (he has 3 tumours). My Mum has been his carer at home but he is starting to become quite verbally abusive. She knows it is not his fault and he can't help it but it is really starting to get her down. So I was wondering if anyone had any advice/recommendations as to how I can help my Mum with this? I live an hour away from them so I can't drop by anytime. As much as I detest all of the medications he is on, are there any that can relax and calm him down? And would counselling help my Mum at all? Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read this and I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas. Cheers, Mel
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