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.


Monday, March 2, 2009

snow day

We had a snow day here, which allowed me to catch up on some tasks I had been avoiding. As the roads were still slushy I drove John to get some lab work done (he grew up in Texas and has never felt comfortable driving on snow). For the second time in his life they had trouble drawing blood. This time he insisted they use the back of his hand after trying his arm once and that worked.

It was quite late in the morning and he hadn't eaten, but he had been drinking water. I asked the technician if it could be a result of low blood pressure and she said yes. But it still seems strange that he has started having problems--his blood pressure isn't that low and he doesn't have small veins.

He called the credit card company and it turns out the credit card I was worried about is actually in both names rather than having him as primary. We lowered the credit limit--not as much as I would have liked but it is some protection.

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