I noticed this in the comment section. It’s from Hope Stewart in Petaluma, CA. I am deeply touched by Hope’s courage and strength for reaching out for help and advice. I, alone, feel that I would be doing her a disservice by trying to answer this. Yes, I know all the textbook things to say. However, I think she needs some real practical advice and suggestions from other caregivers at this crucial time in her life…………to all my readers. Please read her comment seriously and then contribute your thoughts and advice at the bottom of this post where it either says, “NO COMMENTS” or “3 COMMENTS“, etc. Click on that button and go to the end of all the comments and post some pearls of wisdom in the REPLY box. On behalf of Hope, I’m thanking you in advance.
Well, I want to test your resolve and see if you will respond to my email.I have e mailed you privately in the past and now ask for your advise on how to accept this disease. My husband Gordon is in an Altzeimer’s study at UC Davis and was diagonsed with Lewy Bodies 5 years ago. His evaluation yesterday gave me sad news. He has deteriated greatly in the past year. (poor executive skills, cognitive skills, no adl’s. They told me that usually a persons rate of deteriation is a predicter of what is to come. They said his is in the moderate/severe stages of Lewy Bodies. I’ve been going along with acceptance of “what is”. but now I’m sad and crying and scared. Any words of advise from you, a psychiatrist?
So glad your new year is starting off with good news.
Best, Hope Stewart
To the best of my knowledge, no one chose the correct answer from this block puzzle the other day. If anyone did, they didn’t make a comment on it.
One of the best ways to deal with the painful reality of dementia is to use some humor. If anyone gets angry with me, that’s OK. I did horribly worse when I took my first neuropsychological test! I can laugh at myself even though it is sad.
Three older men are undergoing a memory test at the doctor’s office.
The Doctor asks “What is three times three?”
The first man answers “274.”
The second man answers “Tuesday.”
The third man answers “Nine.”
The doctor pleasantly surprised at the third man’s
correct response, inquires “Great! How did you get that
“Simple. Just subtract 274 from Tuesday.”
Someone wanted me to post a picture of me after my comment yesterday about trying to visualize people. If you look under the comment sections of some of the posts, there should be a small picture of me when I’ve made a comment.