My husband is 62 and showing definite signs of Alzheimers. After almost 2 weeks of constantly losing his balance and falling down (with some pretty significant injuries - but I couldn't get him to let EMS examine him), he is now showing new symptoms. He constantly mixes up the days, and thinks it is morning when he wakes from an afternoon or evening nap. He talks to non-existent people and talks to me about me in the 3rd person (he clearly doesn't recognize me). 6 or 7 times in a day he will get up stating that he is going take a shower when he has already taken one. He has forgotten how to run the tractor and even has problems with the TV remote. He seems to have no short-term memory, but recalls the past (although the stories are changing. He refuses to go to the doctor. How can I get him examined? Any suggestions or help would be much appreciated.
No apologies necessary - this community has been very supportive.
We did make it to the doctor, and then immediately to the hospital, for the most unexpected reason! After I described the tremors, confusion, balance issues, appetite and eating challenges and finally the seizure on Friday night before the Tuesday Dr's appt, the doctor immediately tested his SODIUM, which turned out to be perilously low. He was hospitalized in an intermediate care unit with severe dehydration (unwillingly I might add) for 5 days while they tried to slowly raise his sodium levels, and most of the symptoms disappeared.
Now that we are back home, I am following the Dr's instructions to add sodium to his food, and he is taking the maximum dosage of Thermotabs daily.
So for now, we seem to be clear of the many symptoms that plagued him as he eats and regains his strength and stamina.
I hope that this experience will give others alternatives to consider before they go down the path I thought we were headed.
Again, my sincerest thanks to the community for their support.
at this point, Carol, I don't have medical POA - just what is in our wills (DNR, etc). And at this point, I don't think he is ready (or competent) to make the decision. Depending on the diagnosis, I think that I may be able to petition medical POA based on competence - I am not sure how this work. I am SO looking forward to this appt to get some closure - I am just a little nervous about the Dr working with me. I may just have to ask him for a referral to a specialist - at least it would be a place to start. Thank you so much for your support - it means so much to be able to share.View Thread
Dave and Carol, thank you for your kind thoughts and good wishes. We had just been to the Dr 2 months or so ago, so I couldn't use the checkup routine. I was considering calling the Dr's office and have them contact Larry with an "irregularity" that they wanted to follow up on. But in a rare moment of clarity after a particularly bad "zone out," I finally told hubby that it was up to him whether or not he wanted to take care of himself, but did he consider the impact all of this was having on me - stress, emotion, lack of sleep, etc. After a short while he told me to make a Dr's appt. And it's a good thing. 2 nights ago he fell and had a seizure (or had a seizure and fell - I am not sure which). 911 wasn't able to convince him to go to the hospital, but at least we are going to the Dr on Tues. I've got my notes, pix, and a video, so let's hope this works out. Thank you for your support.View Thread