This is the story of Pam and John; she in her early 50’s and John is 62. Pam is a college professor. John taught at a local community college until diagnosed with Parkinson’s in March 2008, then Lewy Body Dementia in April.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

neurologist visit

John has an appointment with the neurologist today. The neurologist is gradually getting to know John better and ask smarter questions. He asked John about constipation and sleep and in detail about exercise and he asked me if I thought going back to 5 mg. Aricept had made a difference. I said no--I saw a benefit with the 5 mg. but not a significant difference between 5 and 10, though that may be because John is less depressed recently. John felt the 10 mg. badly affected his balance and it is better again now that he is back to taking 5 mg.

John is concerned that his walking is getting more awkward. I guess that is the one place where there is clear progression in the last three or four months. I asked the doctor if it was time to get a handicapped parking permit and the doctor said yes and signed the form. That feels big to me--we are in a new category--but John seemed to just see it as a convenience.

The next question in my mind is when to start Namenda, but thought I would wait and ask it of the movement disorders specialist this summer unless John starts to have hallucinations, which would be a reason to start sooner.

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