Re: Passing over some friendly information
Hi lucky charms-
My husband was diagnosed with Adult Onset Hydrocephalus or as it is more commonly know Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) in "01 after at least 6 years of increasing confuson and frequent falls. He did not have incontinence which is also one of the symptoms. Our physician (at that time) said "What do you expect? He's not a young man." He was 72. After a move and new physician the NPH was finally diagnosed and a shunt installed.
We were told that his balance/gait would probably improve but that it was unlikely that the mental problems would, given the years that had passed since onset of the condition. Unfortunately they were right.
He suffers from dementia and with the help. although unknowingly, of this board and the people on it I accepted the fact that I could not give him the type of 24/7 care that he needed to be kept safe and I placed him a small residence in the area that caters to memory impaired individuals. He hs been there for three and a half months.
When I read your posts I realize that with it all I am very fortunate. My husband is as sweet as he ever was. He has never shown a bit of anger to me or the staff. Some days he recognizes me and some days not. Some days we have good conversations and some days not.
Bottom line: I miss "him" terribly and when I see couples out together it hurts, as does coming home to an empty house. Dementia, whatever the cause, is a female dog.