Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:41 PM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:13 AM
My dad is 73 and has been living with PD for 13 years. We noticed the side effects from medicine getting worse, and visited his neurologist, who adjusted the medication. That only made things worse. In the course of one week, he's lost his ability to walk. Even worse, he's become completely delusional - he believes his hallucinations are real, he rambles to his hallucinations, the tremors are practically convulsions. He barely recognizes me, and thought he was in a restaurant instead of the hospital. We ended up admitting him to the hospital because we could not care for him at home. The doctor said it's one of two things: Either he has an infection that has caused this sudden onset of dementia, or he just whipped through the last stages of Parkinson's super fast.. The doctor doubted we'd be able to care for him at home anymore if Option 2 ends up being true. Has anyone else experienced sudden dementia? I want Option A to be true so so badly....I don't want to see him suffer for years in a home.
Sorry to hear of your Dad's struggles. I have to wonder if it isn't related to the med change? I'd think it wouldn't be too hard to find out if it is an infection. I've had many severe infections that have landed me in the hospital, they always confirm my infections with a simple blood test. Hope that it turns out that they can adjust his meds further and give him some relief and bring piece of mind to your family.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:30 PM
Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:34 PM
Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:39 PM
Disclaimer: I did not mean that your dad is a horse. It's just an old saying.
Age 64 now. Diagnosed 2006.
Meds-Carbidopa/levodopa 25-100mg cr tabs four times daily
Benztropine 2mg tabs twice daily
B12 tab for memory loss, one daily
Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:47 PM
Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:33 PM
No coffee or black tea. Caffeine is a diuretic. Drink equal amount of plain water if he has to have it. Roasted dandelion tea is good.
Homemade emergency drink from: http://www.webmd.com...-home-treatment
Measure all ingredients precisely. Small variations can make the drink less effective or even harmful. Mix the following:
1 quart (950 mL) water
½ teaspoon (2.5 g) baking soda
½ teaspoon (2.5 g) table salt
¼ teaspoon (1.25 g) salt substitute (potassium-based), such as Lite Salt or Morton Salt Substitute
2 tablespoons (30 g) sugar
Pull up the skin on the back of his hands daily. If it stays up, "tents" he needs fluids.
Good luck. Lynn
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