I am interested to know if many ALZ patients experience blackouts. My wife has had four blackouts since March, 2020. In each case, the blackout was preceded by a loud scream (as if she was in pain) followed immediately by blacking out. In one case, she was in bed and, therefore, not at risk from a fall. In two other cases, I was with her in the bathroom and I was able to catch her and gently lower her to the floor. In the fourth case, I had just turned. away from her and she fell and hit her… read more
As a retired RN I get angry when I hear that some doctors want to "do more tests"....Alz is a terminal disease and your wife may well be having Petit Mal seizures that can usually only be caught on EEG when occurring. Seizures are another sad Alz brain cell death result....please listen to your wise gerontologist. Others here deal with a loved one's seizures and may advise you further.
@A myALZteam Member...It sounds possible....you can look up PM symptoms online but it's basically a short period of not moving or speaking and eyes usually open like "the lights are on but nobody is home" as compared to the scary physical energy of a Grand Mal seizure. There is a 3rd fairly rare type of seizure involving only part of the body but I'll have to look that one up. There isn't much you can do but prevent a fall and document it for her dr.
PS...more rare jerking type of seizures are called Myoclonic...may just affect one arm or leg or briefly jerk whole body.
My husband has had 2 Syncope or fainting spells as ER doctor called it. Thinking he may have been dehydrated because when the paramedics hooked up an iv drip of fluids his BP which was very low went back to normal within seconds. I just keep getting him to drink more water and so far he hasn't shown any signs of more trouble.
Thanks so much!💕