confused & need help
Okay, this is my first post here & i am very new to this topic. my father-in-law is going through something, but not exactly sure what. for the better part of a year, he has been "difficult". my mother-in-law passed away a little over a year ago and we contributed his early strange behavior to depression and a bit of anger over his lose. he became extremely demanding of my husband, and would pout if something didn"t go his way. he is legaly blind, and on several occations was seen driving his late wife's car. we removed that situation and little things continued, but nothing major. this all changed about 1 month ago. he has started to act really strange. he is secretive, almost mean to all of his family. refuses to take his meds for other conditions. he speaks to his dead wife and says she is sitting in the room at any givin time. he has always been a huge fan of LSU football, on last Sat. he woke up and knew it was football day, but was looking forward to watching a player that played there 50 years ago! the most frighting thing happened last wed. afternoon. my husband found him walking down a busy hwy. near his home. after getting him home and talking to him, he was convinced that he had gone to the store and was attacked by 3 guys who threw him in a room and threw a blanket over him. he grabbed his jacket and his GUN and escaped. when my husband asked where the gun was, he said it got heavy so he threw it away. my husband went back to the area and sure enough there was a loaded pistol laying in the ditch. we quickly removed all weapons from the home, but this terrifies me. today he had a bm in his underwear and danced around laughing in the soiled underwear. this is not the strong, quiet, dignifyed man i have grown to love. we had a mri done and the results shows shrinkage of the brain, and he thinks this caused a stroke. i don't feel comfortable with this diagnosis. all of his problems have seemed to be behavioral. oh did i mention that he thinks that mr. racoon (a picture on the wall)comes out and plays when nobody is watching. this is his new best friend. PLEASE,PLEASE, SOMEONE HELP ME. we are at our wits end and don"t know where to go from here. thanks for your time, and please say a prayer for our family.