Things started unraveling fast about a 6 weeks ago with my mother.
My mother alleged abuse against my father. When we dug deeper and asked what kind of abuse was taking place, she said that he was hurling microscopic particles at her and that he was poisoning the air in their house. She said he left “a sample” of the particles on the table and she sent them to a lab for testing (it was table salt, but that didn’t stop her at all). She is also accusing my father of having multiple affairs, including an affair with my aunt that lives across the country. She believes my father flies across the country and has sex with my aunt, then flies back later that day and makes it home for dinner.
She took her “sample” to the police and they dismissed her. I persuaded her to go to the doctor under the guise that I was concerned for her respiratory health (because of the particles). She went and gave the doctors permission to talk to me - they agreed she was having delusions and paranoia. They suggested to her that she see a psychiatrist and she freaked out on them and told them that nothing was wrong with her.
She went through a period of time (last week) where she didn’t sleep for 48 hours which just made things worse. She accused my father of sneaking in through the window (when he was supposed to be at work) while she was out shopping and poisoning every room in the house. My mom is living with her mother now (who is being treated for dementia related psychosis), but she is still very paranoid.
My mother also believes that my father is poisoning their dog, so she has been feeding the dog liquid colloidal silver. She may or may not be killing the dog by doing this. It takes her a long time to go anywhere or leave the house because she has to take all her food with her - she believes that my dad poisons her food when she leaves the house.
My father is sad and exhausted by this. So am I. So is our entire family. My mother has not made any direct threats against herself or others, but I fear that her increasing instability will make it head in this direction. She has permitted me to talk to her doctors, but she is so unpredictable that she could rescind this at any time. How bad does she have to get before we can get her involuntarily taken in? I also live out of state with my husband and we are not in a position to take her in, as I am in school full time and my husband works full time. We don’t have the money to support a third person right now.