Posted by Molly
on September 04, 2000 at 20:29:09:
In Reply to: Re: mother posted by POP on September 03, 2000 at 16:58:17:
Hi Pop, Thank you for the advice. I did take my mother to get evaluated by a neurologist. And he put her on aricept and paxil. not to mention a bunch of other vitamins. there is a problem with that...my mother does not tolerate the medication. she gets stomach aches, diarrhea and vomiting. She is getting the most minimal doses. I wonder if that is common with patients. she is ok with the most minimal dose, but as soon as it gets increased, the vomiting starts or the diarrhea. I am so sorry to hear about your wife. I cannot begin to imagine how hard it has been for you. Im sure you love her very much and she is very lucky to have you. my mother and father divorced several years ago and she never remarried. did you attend a support group? you mentioned i needed one, did it help you? did you get someone to come and help you with her? the hardest part right now to deal with is getting her to eat. she always tells me she just ate, when infact she has not. How can she go on so long and not feel hungry? i tell her those stomach aches she feels are hunger, she needs to eat! I guess i still have a lot to learn about this disease. I get mad at my brother because he hasnt lifted a finger to help me. he hasnt even called to ask me what the doctors prognosis was of our mother. and it has been 2 months since she was diagnosed! he calls her when he needs favors from her and they usually involve driving to his home which she can no longer do cause she gets disoriented and gets lost. I just get so mad i could scream!!!its just not fair. im sorry ive just gone on and on. i could go on for hours! thank you again for the advice.
Also i will ask her doctor about that una de gato. Ive seen it health food stores. thank you for suggesting I check into it.
: mY SUGGESTION:
: HAVE YOUR MOM EXAMINED BY A NEUROLOGIST(PREFERABLY ONE EXPERIENCED IN TREATING ALZ
: HE WILL BE ABLE TO PRESCRIBE MEDICATIONS THAT WILL REDUCE YOUR MOM'S ANXIETY
: It is URGENT that you find a support group in your community.
: It is not uncommon that one child will carry the burden of their parent's illness.
: My wife is in her 10th year of having AD.
: She is now diagnosed as being in the last stage,
: so I've lived evry possible burden in caring for her.
: u can e-mail me to talk your heart out
: I'll be happy to help in anyway.
: ONE THING I WOULD CAUTION YOU NOT TO DO
: AND THAT IS TO GIVE HER MEDICATIONS BEFORE HAVING HER EXAMINED BY A NEUROLOGIST