Well I had a good time shopping yesterday. I learned several things though. I understand more and more why the experts say to keep the demented individual in familiar and comfortable surroundings.
When I am home, I don’t usually sense many gait problems. Pam and Chad have learned to deal with my word finding problems. Sometimes, I find myself making up words as a substitute for the right word. And they usually fill in the blanks and don’t even mention it to me.
But yesterday, Pam dropped me off at Barnes & Nobles while she had some other errands to do. In the store walking around, it felt as though I were trying to balance on a tight rope. An unusual sensation. I compensated unconsciously by just touching the bookracks, etc.
I also realized the word finding was definitely a problem. I asked several employees to help me find something. I couldn’t think of the right words. Instead, I had to define the words and they came up with the right word. It was embarrassing so I came right out and told them I suffered from Lewy Body Dementia. They were extremely kind and understanding. But, more importantly, it was a great way of educating other people about the disease. So, it was a great way of turning an embarrassing negative event into a positive one for all of us.
I went with Pam to her pain specialist today. She suffers from chronic neck, shoulder and back pain. Today she received some injections. Hopefully this will help for a couple of months in addition to all the other meds she takes for the pain.
On one of these quiet days, I’ll start writing about illusions, delusions and hallucinations. I think you’ll find it rather fascinating!