Mar 2, 2012

Alzheimer’s Patient Left in Agony After Drinking from a Bottle of Bleach that Looked Like Water

Betty was left screaming in pain after drinking the fluids she mistook for water.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

This is a story about Alzheimer's patient Betty Mills. Take a look at this bottle.

Alzheimer’s Patient Left in Agony After Drinking from a Bottle of  Bleach that Looked Like Water

Does it look like a bottle of water to you? It did to Betty. She drank it.

No Betty didn't drink this at home. The toxic chlorine chemicals were left out on her bed by a less than competent person responsible for cleaning her room at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, Essex.

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Betty was left screaming in pain after drinking the fluids she mistook for water. Her family was not informed about the incident for more than 8 hours. Then three days later Betty had a stroke.

The color is darker
in the bottle I bought
This reminded me of a bottle of Fabuloso I bought recently.

Fabuloso is multi-purpose cleaning agent. It is a very nice color of green and does look good enough to drink.

While I was unpacking the Fabuloso Dotty said, "that looks good". Inside my head I immediately said, uh oh. Then I thought I am going to have to put this in a good place, a good place where Dotty can never find it, and never get at it.

The bottle of Fabuloso I purchases actually has pictures of apples and pears on the label, and these words -- passion of fruits.

Could this be mistaken for a delicious drink by someone suffering from dementia? You bet it could. It looks good enough to drink to me. Honestly, I thought that when I bought it. I was not thinking about Dotty at the time.

To read more about Betty Mills and her family go here -- Alzheimer’s patient left in agony after drinking from a bottle of CLEANING FLUID left on her bed by bungling cleaner

To read Carole Larkin's article, A Guide to Safe Guarding Your Home, follow the link.

It is better to be safe rather than sorry. Take the time to read the articles.




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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 3,361 articles with more than 397,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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