When my husband is out of sorts, I think okay, this really is happening. But sometimes (a lot here lately), I wonder could this all be a mistake? Could something else have been going on 6months ago and now it’s over? My husband has been on Aricept for about 5 or 6 months and since July 2nd on the highest dosage. Does he really need it anymore? I am so confused and I don’t want him labeled with something he doesn’t have! Has anyone else ever went through this doubt or know of a misdiagnosis being… read more
I used to doubt it all the time. After listening to several Teepa Snow presentations (you can find them on YouTube--they are very helpful) I came to the conclusion that my mom's dementia was multifactoral--she had symptoms more compatible with vascular dementia than classic Alzheimer's. Her diagnosis was done by a neuro-psychiatrist. She has had several health issues in the past that could contribute to dementia, including multiple surgeries under general anesthesia, a history of TIA or small stroke, and a history of chemotherapy for lymphoma--with repeated treatments for 3 recurrences.
I too have my doubts. My husband has been on Aricept for about 2 months now and most days he seems like his old self. He remembers how to do many of the things he used to do and has become more active lately in doing those things. But I asked him the other day if he doubted the doctor's diagnosis and he said he did not doubt it. He said he knows something is wrong with his memory. I don't know what to do at this point. He too is so tired of all the doctor appointments we have had since his stroke in June and getting the diagnosis of dementia. He just wants to enjoy life one day at a time.
I definitely needed to read this thread
Some will say they don't see the disease with my hubby
And I think we are doing well-and then a situation arises and I am reminded of this challenge
Was helpful to see others feel this way
One of my hubby's closest friend is seeing the changes also--
And I try to be glad of slow progression and good days
Yes I often feel like that, or I feel there is something wrong with me.. But every now and then some thing will remind me strongly that yes there is a problem. We get so used to doing what we do in caring for our person that we dont notice all the time unless its a really difficult day. I have realised i make things easier for him to find and get things for him so it really appears quite normal. also people progress quicker in different areas of the disease and in different ways some quicker some slower. Be glad for the good times. And do not doubt yourself. If you have concerns go back to the Doc.
My husband didn't seem like a classic Alzheimers case either.After many specialists appointments They all agreed he had Dementia and that Alzheimers could set in later in years , which it did. .In the beginning , I use to doubt their diagnoses also but I guess it was wishful thinking.I will pray for you that your husband will accept the fact that he shouldn't drive anymore . This issue was very hard for my Don until I explained that if he should hurt someone in an accidient and they sued us we could lose our house and our savings as the insurance company could say we should not have let him drive.and may not cover us. It worked. No more complaints about it. New complaints started . Did you know that I didn't know how to drive . LOL.😁 That's another story.for another time. Sending hugs.💟. ... SusieQ
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