My dad (80 years old) has been dealing with Parkinsons for the past 8+ years. He fell down in January and had a partial hip replacement. This has affected his mobility. He walks, maybe 20 steps at the most. Lately, we noticed that his legs were swollen. When we took him to the Dr, he ordered ultrasound and it came back with "Acute Thrombus".
I have read that exercise, walking and massage can help to improve blood circulation. A physical therapist helps him with exercise, but it's all very limited. I am looking for advice from the experts here.View Thread
My dad is 80 years old. He has been dealing with Parkinsons for the past 7-8 years. He is in India. His neurologist prescribed him syndopa(cinamet) 4 times a day, and also quetiapine(seroquel) once a day(before going to bed). Until this January, he was able to walk within the house and eat by himself although he was slow. The only help he needed was when taking a bath. He would have hallucination once in a while but it was manageable.
In January of this year he fell down and fractured his hip. This required a partial hip replacement surgery. He was in the hospital for about a month which resulted in bed sores. All of them healed except for one which is about 3-4 inches in diameter with almost .5-1 inch deep. He also has a catheter tube. The bed sore is healing very slowly. Are there any suggestions for a faster healing? He has been taking protein shakes.
Also, we noticed that his parkinsons got worse because he can sit up for maybe an hour or two every day. Also, he can hardly walk. He chokes very often because he can not swallow his saliva. There has been nights where my mom would say he was choking almost the whole night. Any help anyone can offer about the choking will be greatly helpful. I asked him to try a sucker, but he is least interested in it.
Regarding the swallowing issue, it is not so much about during eating. He can eat fine without much difficulty. The issue is while he is laying down or sleeping in the night. Because he can not swallow his saliva, he tends to cough and sometimes choke if he has too much. Thats the problem I am trying to address.
We would try him to spit the saliva out as much as possible before going to bed. But it keeps accumulating after an hour so,and thats when the problem starts.
Thanks again for your response. His end of life is certainly something I am working on, although it sounds hard. It's just hard to let him go.
In the past one week, it seems like he is getting strength back. I hear from my mom that he can get up from the chair and stand up for a min or so which he was unable to do since his last hospital visit 3 weeks ago. Also, with help, he is able to walk, maybe 10-15 steps or so. All to say, the whole situation doesn't sound so bad. Just being positive here, if I can address choking and swallowing problem and with proper nutrition, he can survive for some more time.
He goes to see his Dr in a few days to change his catheter tube, so I will definitely ask about the thickeners.
I posted another thread about acupuncture. I read that acupuncture can relieve the stiffness in his body. So I am trying to find a acupuncturist, of course a qualified one and who has experience with Parkinson's patients. I saw a few videos that there is remarkable improvement with this natural treatment. It looks like it has no side effects, so I thought I would give it a try. Can you shed any light on this?
I am glad to find people like you on this forum! Your help is sincerely appreciated.View Thread
There is a nurse dressing the wound twice a day every day. In the past 2 months, the size has gotten smaller, but there is still a hole for about an inch. He sleeps on a water bed. I am sure he feels uncomfortable sleeping on this bed because getting up from the bed is not easy (he needs help anyway).
The traditional mattress was not helping for sure. Couple of weeks ago he was admitted back int he hospital urinary tract infection and from the 4 days of hospital day he got another small bed sore. Thankfully, it has healed in about week or so.
He is being turned almost every 2 hours. I think that is helping too. There is a physical therapist helping too. But he just doesnt have the strength to do any exercise. I almost feel like he is doing it for the sake of doing. He is either week or his parkinsons symptoms have worsened.View Thread
My dad who is 80 years old has been dealing with Parkinsons for the past several years. Recently he fell down and had to go thru a partial hip replacement surgery. He is recovering. Although, his Parkinsons symptoms are worsening rapidly.
I have read about the alternative medicine and learned that Acupuncture can help relieve the stiffness. Has anyone tried this? I would love to hear your feedback.
I just want him to be able to get up and walk. Rightnow, he is almost bed-ridden which almost sounds like Stage 5 (last stage). He was able to walk with the help of physiotherapist about 2 months ago, a few days after the surgery. It does not make sense to me that he can not walk all of a sudden. He has been taking Syndopa (cinamet) for the past 5 years.