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  1. Getting to thankfulness

    And really, really, really thankful for Doc, my wonderful service dog who brings light into my life every minute of every hour. Sorry, Doc, for leaving you off the list yesterday. Bill.
  2. Getting to thankfulness

    I have Dementia with Lewy Bodies, which is parkinson stuff and dementia stuff, and I am 67 now in my apartment at a CCRC on my way to memory care, later than sooner I hope. Thankful for disease? Hell no. Thankfully for still being able to breathe and know I'm here, hell yes. I thankful wife and my son and his family. Thankful that I was able to put things in order financially for everyone. Thankful that I have good care. Thankful for being able to see others here like me who also can still see some of the good things we still have to be thankful for. Bill.
  3. Fingers Going Going, But Not Gone Yet

    Yes, it is somewhat rare. The necks back in the day for the most part didn't survive the passage of time as good as the pots did, so new necks with truss rods help to reinvent the banjo. My neck is exact duplicate, only better becuase of truss rod and just all around better build. The pot produces a really wonderful tone. Because of new neck, this isn't really a collector banjo, but I wanted to play and not just look at it. This is a player's banjo, not a collector's banjo, which limits its money value, but I didn't buy it to sell it, not now not ever. I will have fun while I can. Thanks for comments.
  4. Dementia Lewy Bodies

    Dr. Okun, thank you for replying. I will tell my doctor hear at the CCRC about you. I think he means well, so I think he would be happy to get some help, also becuase he can use the knowledge with his other demented patients. I'm only 67, so very young for this place, and his patients are mostly in their 80s or early 90s. I don't know that he has ever had much experience with folks my age, so I think he might be willing to call you. We shall see. You made a very nice offer to help, and I deeply appreciate it. I hope you know you are doing god's work. Bill.
  5. I play open back banjo. It is a 1920 Gibson 5 string. The neck is new, custom made by a guy in Quebec. I get a lot of enjoyment out of playing it. I used to play in bars and private jams a lot, but not anymore. I play for myself and wife. I got Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and that includes dementia and parkinson stuff. I just realized over the past week or so that my fingers are starting to do whatever they want when I'm trying to play. I thought it was temporary, but I think it is here to stay. I can't up my dose of Sinemet because the higher dose makes my cognitive/dementia stuff much worse, and it is already fairly bad as it is. Music is wonderful. To make music is even more wonderful and soothing too. I hate my fingers are going down the drain, but that's the way it is, so no need to fret about it. I can still play, but not good as before, and the sound and tone are nowhere near as pleasant. But I can play for myself and wife. I sing when I play, but I now can't remember words all the time, so the songs are not exactly followable if that's a word. We can't take things for granted. I like about this Board is that everyone seems to have such a good attitude about life and even their limitations. I in a CCRC now with my service dog, Doc. It is a nice place for me, and they can take care of me as I complete my journey. Bill.
  6. How a person lives their life after getting a really bad diagnosis is likely to be much of how they are remembered when they are gone. I got Dementia with Lewy Bodies, so I got dementia and all the parkinson stuff. I haven't killed myself because I don't care to die and I do want to enjoy whatever my situation is the best I can, and I want my family and friends who stick around to see that there is life after getting getting hit with a hardship. Sounds corny, but that is why I haven't killed myself yet. The parkinson stuff is a real kick in the butt, but the progressive dementia stuff is quite ruinous, but between the two things there is still some light to see the day. Cheers.
  7. Dementia Lewy Bodies

    I really have problems these days with stuff that is around edges of my DLB, and most of which fall within the fairly routine reactions to various of my DLB medications. I take a Parkinson med that is virtually essential to physical functioning, and it absolutely makes all of these problems, including cognitive stuff, worse. Depending on the dose, it can be much worse. For me, I am taking the lowest dose of this medication possible and still get some good effect from it, so stopping the sinemet really isn't possible for me. But with the dementia end of the medications, that is a different story. The doctor where I am now want to increase my Exelon and add Namenda to my medication mix. I backed off the higher dose of Exelon because of adverse problems due for certain to the Exelon, so I think increasing the dose is a non starter for me. I'm on the lowest dose of Exelon. The Namenda apparently somewhat clinically proven to help Dementia with Lewy Bodies, so I need to at least think about it. Here is what I thinking right now. I am thinking about dropping all of my dementia medications, not starting any new ones, and keeping the Parkinson medication. I also would keep the SSRIs. I wonder if cutting out all of the dementia meds would help me with all these ancillary issues. These issues just mess up quality of life. These issues could be coming from the DLB or from the dementia meds, or both or none. I just want to feel better while I make my way forward from today. The fact is that the medical evidence is far from certain that the dementia meds actually help at all, or if so for how long, while it is certain that they cause problems. I want quality of life, not quantity of life. I also would rather have quality now as opposed to hoping that my cognition might get worse more slowly by taking the meds. The doctor here works from the assumption that the most important thing is to keep us demented people as cognitively with it for as long as possible, and I understand that. But I still think getting rid of these bad feeling is more important to the here and now. My original neuro doctor in another town where I used to live until coming here, he thinks my current dose of Exelon is fine and it for me, plus he doesn't care much at all for Namenda. I will see him for the last time early next month. I'll be seeing the doctor here, who is an internal medicine guy with the subspecial geriactric stuff and training. He is good and has lots of dementia and Parkinson patients in this CCRC, so I assume he knows more than the average bear. Dr. Okun, I realize that you are specialist in Parkinson stuff, but I assume you also know a lot about DLB, so I thought I would ask you about what you think of my idea to drop the Exelon and not start the Namenda. I really don't care if I get softer in the head a few months or even a year earlier if I can at least try to drop the dementia meds and see what happens. What do you think. Please, please provide any insights you folks might have. Thanks. Bill. PS, I add that one of my big problems now is the autonomic stuff associated with DLB. I have I think almost every known autonomic problem. Big problem with blood pressure getting to low, as in below 90/60, and you know all the problems that cause cause, and cause them is what they are doing to me. My cardiologist for my heart failure (from 7 years ago, but somewhat improved and stable for the past few years) has agreed and has in fact eliminated two or three of the anti hypertensive meds that are in the cocktail I've been taking, and that seems to have helped, along with reducing the coreg. They are closely monitoring the biventricular pace thing to see if my heart failure is coming back. He knows I want him to turn the thing off after I get into memory care, hopefully not anytime soon, becuase I would rather die quickly from heart problems than slowly from DLB. So I have done all the medication adjustments I can with the heart meds, at least for now, and I have significantly improved the low BP symptoms, so that is what got me thinking about other adjustment I might be able to make. Look, I know I am dead meat from the DLB, so quaility of life is what I seek, and quantity is much less important to me. I don't want to die mind you, but we are talking about all bad options in one way or other, and I'm trying to take some options that at least make living right now a little better. Thanks. I'll stop now.
  8. Service Dogs Are Life Changing

    This smells like an advertisement. The service dog programs that I'm aware of have no need to advertise for clients, as their waiting lists are quite long and new folks getting on the list all the time. This creates "opportunities" for many folks interested in making a little money. I don't point any of my fingers at this particular program, as I know nothing about it. I'm just saying the buyer beware, because there are far more fraudulent service dog programs than there are real service dog programs.
  9. fixing and fumbling

    I like to play banjo, but I can no longer put new strings on my banjo. I just can't do the job anymore for numerous reasons. Fingers don't do what I want, eyes don't see like I want, and I forget what I'm doing if I get up to go do anything else with the intention of coming back (that's the cognitive side of my DLB). I now go to a music store and suffer the looks and questions about why can't I do it myself. Well, I would if I could, but I can't. I also have a lot of trouble playing the banjo, even though I used to be fairly decent at it. I have good times and bad with my playing, and I never really know which it will be until I get going. I think music is one of the things that make my life more enjoyable these days, particularly since my dementia has been going down a hill for a while now. I've had to move into a CCRC where I'm in independent living apartment, but I soon to move to assisted care, then memory care. I'm hoping the banjo and music will follow me on the journey.
  10. CBD Oil--Does This Work?

    Well, it has been a tad over a month that I've been taking non-THC stuff. During the first week, I noticed an almost immediate benefit in numerous problem areas for me. Don't know if I was really responding or just convincing myself that I was getting a benefit. Regardless, I kept on taking it. Over the course of the past month, I've lost some of the super benefit that I thought I was getting during the first week, but the fact remains that a noticeable level of improvement has persisted. My doctor wife is even a believer, more than I am truth be known. With the passage of a month, I find that I can no longer remember what things were like before I starting taking it, so I guess my wife would be a better judge of effectiveness. I have Dementia with Lewy Bodies, so I am looking for more than help with my Parkinson symptoms. I really need help with the anxiety, agitation, anger issues, autonomic nerve deficiencies, and many other non-movement type things. I think/hope that the CBD oil is helping, at least I desperately need help and the many current meds I'm taking for the DLB are doing a whole lot of good, other than the Sinemet seems to work quite well. I'have had to reduce the Sinemet dosage due to it further messing up my cognitive problems, but the dosage I'm on still does enough to take care of most of the muscle, joint, walking, balance, jerking and such. Unfortunately, I also get jerking and balance from the DLB problems, so it is hard overall to really know much of anything. I have ordered a new supply of the CBD oil. I simply can't take the THC version due to my cognitive issues. Good luck to us all.
  11. Trying Sinemet

    I've been taking Sinemet for about 8 months. I can't recall what I got up to, but I had to lower it back because it was making my cognitive and behavioral problems worse. I have Dementia with Lewy bodies, so I can't afford to have what little I have left reduced sooner than otherwise. The dose I'm on now is sufficient to reduce the Parkinson stuff by about 50%, maybe a little more. The larger dose got rid of about 80%. I can live with this. Just a couple days ago, I ordered my first 30 ml bottle of MMJ, the kind without THC.I don't need my brain fogged up more than it already is, so no THC for me. I take MMJ to reduce anxiety, agitation, general buzzing throughout my body, other similar behavior stuff, and insomnia. I sure as hell hope it works as I have read in many places now. I wasn't going to get it, but it seems fairly clear that it has benefit to a high percentage of people of take it for things like Parkinson's and various dementias. I'm not entirely sure it is legal in my state, but I ordered from a business in my state. They make it themselves, grow it, advertise on the Web, and the people there give presentations about it. It is in plain view in a mid-size town, so the police apparently don't care. Even if it was clearly illegal, I think I would find a way to get some. On the Dementia Forum I read some, many of the folks there can't get by without it. My wife is a doctor, and she is supportive of the idea, mostly because she is on the receiving end of my agitation, anxiety, anger, jumpiness, and such. Good luck to all of us.
  12. CBD Oil--Does This Work?

    Thanks. I have now read through some of the earlier discussions. Yesterday, I went ahead and ordered a 30ml bottle of the non-THC oil. Where I live, the THC kind is illegal. I can't really tell if the non-THC is legal or not. Everyone says it is legal, but I am not personally sure about that. Regardless, I'm going to give the non-THC a try. Due to my DLB, it would be a terrible for me to use the THC type, at least in my opinion. I just hope the non-THC version offers some help.
  13. CBD Oil--Does This Work?

    Does CBD Oil work for anyone's Parkinson symptoms, be they physical or anxiety? If so, is there a place to look on line for information about what it contains and what it works for? I haven't ever tried it, or even seen it, but I've heard that it is good for these symptoms in Dementia with Lewy Bodies. Thanks.
  14. Another Arm Swing Question

    Dr. Okun, thanks for your reply. It's good to know that there isn't something else wrong with me in that others apparently have noticed the same thing. When I asked my local neuro, he didn't really say anything specific in response to my asking. I got the impression he might not have heard this from any other patients, but since he doesn't usually ramble on about much of anything, I thought I would ask you. Thanks again. Bill.
  15. Music and Parkinson's Disease

    I play the banjo, not as well as I used to, but well enough. And sing, I do too. Mostly old time mountain music, but also a lot of more modern stuff through the 1960's. The thing about playing the banjo is that most people can even tell when I mess up something, so that's nice. It is also easier to play a banjo than a guitar, as it is tuned to an open G. I used to play the guitar, but I sold mine and have played the banjo for a good number of years now. As I progress through my DLB and Parkinson stuff, I hope I can continue playing up to close to the end. I like it. It soothes the soul. I love to play in minor keys, don't know why. I used to play in bars and local jams, but I had to stop due to missing too much stuff, and those guys do notice, and I couldn't remember words to songs anymore, and I don't like to use paper things to read from. Same for iPad's and such. I just plug along now, but folks still seem to enjoy listening. And if they don't, I don't care because I enjoy playing and singing by myself as much as anything. For those who play, keep on playing. For those who don't, take up an easy instrument that you like, then start playing with other people as quickly as you can, as that is the best way to learn and advance. All you really need to know to start is three chords on whatever instrument you are playing, or the individual notes for the same three chords. Just take off. Happy picking.
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