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Posted by Jeannie on September 08, 2000 at 21:47:42:

My father has been in ill health for the past 20 years. He is 65 years old. He has a history of heart disease (several heart attach and a quad bi-pass), has had a stroke, was diagnoised with Parkinson and Emphysema. He saw a new neurologist yesterday who said that he did not actually have Parkinson, but Lewy Body Dementia. He has no control over the muscles in his body. He spends his days in a wheel chair or in the bed. He can basically do nothing for himself. He has double vision and started halucinating a few months ago. He seems able to carry on a reasonable conservation one minute, and can't the next. Sometimes he recognizes my voice on the phone, other times he will tell me I have a wrong number and hang up on me even with me telling him who I am. I am having a very difficult time seeing my Daddy in this condition. My mother is his primary care giver. This is becoming increasingly difficult for her to handle. What can we expect to happen as this disease progresses? Does anyone know if this is inherited? I am terrified of what the future holds for this wonderful man. I would appreciate any information anyone can supply me with.

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