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Traveler
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   Posted 1/29/2013 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
I can usually be found in the Lyme disease forum, due to my having several of the tick-borne infections, but my FIL just moved in with hubby and I a little over a week ago - Whew! Have we ever been busy! I didn't realize just how busy we would be taking care of this sweet man! Our children are all adults, and we even have 2 grandsons that bring their parents up for a visit from time to time as does our other daughter. We also have 2 boys, but they stay pretty busy with their own lives and don't visit much unfortunately.

Today is our first Dr.'s appt with 'Dad', so I won't make this long as we have to leave soon, but I wanted to first of all say a hearty thank you(!!!) for the information that is available in the resource center for this forum! I've found lots of helpful tidbits!! We just found the type of music that he used to listen to with his wife, but hasn't been able to listen to (he forgot what he liked listening to) for a while now. Next, we are removing one of the mirrors in the bathroom.

We still have boxes around, as we have yet to have the time to get his things unpacked - evidently he needed this kind of extensive care long before this - as he's been keeping us pretty busy trying to learn his routines, habits and get used to the pacing and other issues.

I really am looking forward to joining in on the conversations here about dementia and all that it holds!

Oh, we aren't even sure what type of dementia 'Dad' has yet. Hopefully things will get underway today so that we can get him diagnosed properly and medicated if needed.

Thanks again! :-)
Treating with Acupuncture, Traditional & Modern Chinese Medicine & Western Herbs. Before tx, I had all but 20 of the symptoms on the "Master Symptom List" for Lyme disease.

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP

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Red_34
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   Posted 1/29/2013 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to our little forum :)

Don't hesitate to post any questions or concerns you may have.

It sounds like the transition is going smoothly so far?
SHERRY
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   Posted 1/30/2013 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for the welcome, Sherry!

I've been reading many of the past threads for info already!

Yes, the transition has gone fine, although it's been quite stressful for 'Dad' and so we've had a lot of getting up at night, and increased issues.

The good news is that the new doc's appt went so very well!! He's on Warfarin and fell about 3 or 4 weeks ago and so he's off to have x-rays on his shoulder (which has been quite painful for him) and a cat scan for his noggin to be sure no damage happened. My hubby is on Warfarin as well, so we are well acquainted with the dangers.

Once the immediate is taken care of, we will concentrate more on what medications he should be on to help with the other health issues he has. The doc isn't too concerned with what type of dementia 'Dad' has, as she feels he is so far along with it that it doesn't matter much. I still would like to know which type of dementia he has not only for a better understanding of what we are dealing with, but also so that his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was in such good spirits this morning - even after a rough night - that although he has trouble realizing that I've been in the family for 13 years, he told me he was very grateful and proud to have me "associated" (LOL!) with the family!!! turn I so love this man!!! He's treated me like his daughter for the last 13 years, so I'm completed dedicated to this man as I my dad passed when I was just 17 years old.

I look forward to being on this forum, learning what I can and sharing and being supportive of the others!

Thanks for being here! :-)
Treating with Acupuncture, Traditional & Modern Chinese Medicine & Western Herbs. Before tx, I had all but 20 of the symptoms on the "Master Symptom List" for Lyme disease.

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP

Questions about what I've posted or just have questions? Please email me!!! Click on the blue envelope under my screen name

Red_34
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   Posted 1/30/2013 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
The two main forms of dementia is Alzheimer's and Vascular dementia. Look these up online and maybe it will help you understand a bit more about the differences of these two. They are pretty similar though. Is he on any med for his dementia?
SHERRY
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Traveler
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   Posted 1/30/2013 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to the info in the Alz. Resources area - I've already been reading about the different types of dementia and I happen to believe that he has mixed dementia -although I'm no doctor!! :-)

He was on Aricept, but there was absolutely no improvements, so it was just discontinued. This is a large part of the reason we are so thankful that he is now living with us, as we can now take him to a Nurse-Practitioner who is very respectful of him and makes sure he retains his dignity. So we will wait to see how things turn out with the X-ray and CAT scan and proceed from there. We are hoping to work through all kinds of things one step at a time, so as to not upset or stress 'Dad'.

Thank you so much for the info!
Treating with Acupuncture, Traditional & Modern Chinese Medicine & Western Herbs. Before tx, I had all but 20 of the symptoms on the "Master Symptom List" for Lyme disease.

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP

Questions about what I've posted or just have questions? Please email me!!! Click on the blue envelope under my screen name

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 2/4/2013 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Please read our 101... sorry I just couldn't resist Traveler LOL
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Traveler
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   Posted 2/5/2013 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry - late night with 'Dad' - your 101? Did you mean the "Alz. resources"?? LOL!! You bet I did!!
Treating with Acupuncture, Traditional & Modern Chinese Medicine & Western Herbs. Before tx, I had all but 20 of the symptoms on the "Master Symptom List" for Lyme disease.

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP

Questions about what I've posted or just have questions? Please email me!!! Click on the blue envelope under my screen name

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 2/7/2013 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Psst I meant the Alz Resources at the top post in the forum.. I was thinking fibro forum when I typed that somehow.. its like called Fibro101
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Traveler
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   Posted 2/8/2013 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Ahhh!! Yes!! I have gone through all that was there before I even did my introduction!! LOL! We have a similar thread on the Lyme forum, so I looked for one here!! Thank you so much for making sure I had seen it though - a ton of really great information in there!
Treating with Acupuncture, Traditional & Modern Chinese Medicine & Western Herbs. Before tx, I had all but 20 of the symptoms on the "Master Symptom List" for Lyme disease.

"Absence of proof is not proof of absence" - Dr. Edwin Masters, great LLMD & researcher -RIP

Questions about what I've posted or just have questions? Please email me!!! Click on the blue envelope under my screen name
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