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dear cindy,

just a few days ago u answered my questiion about my mother who is suffering from dementia for the last 7-8 years.  She is totally immobile and currently has developed cut marks on her legs and also two boils like growth which seems to be filled with transparent fluid.  while cut marks appeared as small cuts a around 2 weeks ago; boils, one of which is quite big something like 1 and half inch in leangth and about 1/2 inch in height seems to have appeared overnight.  

we consulted a doctor who said it may be bed sour even though that part of the leg do not come in contact with bed or anything else.

Hello again Manoj:
It seems very strange that these things appeared on her legs so suddenly.  My first thought would be that something came into contact with her skin while she was being cared for.  Maybe someone bathing her had a sharp ring on, or maybe it happened when she was being assisted into a chair that she brushed against something sharp??  Another possible explanation might be an animal scratch.  The boils are another mystery.  I guess my advice to you would be to take her to another doctor or the ER to see what they think caused them.  Again, while being bathed, did she inadvertently get hot water splashed on her and these might be burns??  They may be some type of infectious process and should be looked at.  
Good luck to you Manoj as you attempt to find the answers for these very mystifying occurrences.  

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Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner


As a nurse and dementia consultant, I can answer most questions on all types of dementia. If I cannot answer your question, I will attempt to find someone who can. My passion is to help caregivers of people with dementia, which in turn helps all those wonderful elders with dementia live better lives. When caregivers are better educated, they are able to better care for themselves and their loved ones, so education is key to decreased stress levels and healthier, happier families.


I have worked as a nurse in various disciplines of nursing for over 20 years, most of which was with the elderly. I was a health care coordinator in a dementia dedicated assisted living facility for 4 years before I started my own business (M.I.N.D. in Memory Care) as a dementia consultant six years ago. As a dementia consultant, I help families nationwide through phone conference calls as they struggle to care for their loved ones with dementia.

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Geriatric Interest Network Sigma Theta Tau International

Published "Love, Laughter, & Mayhem - Caregiver Survival Manual For Living With A Person With Dementia" which is a collection of stories about people with dementia I have known, loved and worked with. Every story has a lesson to teach and this book gently teaches family caregivers lessons about how to better care for their loved one, as well as themselves during their caregiving journey. Published "Love, Laughter, & Mayhem In Eldercare Facilities: The Master Key For Dementia Training" Created "Bringing Nurturing To Memory Care" staff dementia training video Created Ebook: "Hair Stylist's Helpful Tips For Working With People With Alzheimer's & Other Dementias"

Registered Nurse with Bachelor's degree in Nursing; Certified Dementia Practitioner; Author of 2 books and an ebook

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Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing

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