Still waiting to know - it seems to go on forever
byon 14-06-2012 at 07:06 AM (481 Views)
Feel so confused with this whole dementia thing. It seems we still don't know for sure whether hubby has symptoms due to the fact he has lost confidence and been unemployed for three years - or if it is something more.
I hate the fact that he is on medication 'just in case' there is more to it, while tests with the neuropsychologist continue. The medication is giving him bouts of 'the runs' and tiredness, which in the bigger scheme of things is nothing, if it is in fact helping slow down the more aggressive forms of dementia.
The MRI scan showed very mild atrophy - but the doctor has no idea if this is a normal atrophy for someone of his age or not and prefers to err on the side of caution for now. How can someone be a specialist in dementia and not know what normal atrophy for a certain age group is?
The hour long memory test seemed to go fairly ok this week - no idea of the results from the neuropsychologist yet, though hubby says he whizzed through the vocabulary related section but struggled a bit with some of the 'patterns and sequences' - mainly because there were so many of them and it was starting to give him a headache after a while.
More tests next week and the week after apparently - maybe so they can see what his average performance is like. After that I think he gets the feedback about what is going on.