On October 17, 2014 I lost my father. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease five years earlier. The problem, for me, is the fact that this article, about Kris Kristopherson has hit home. My father had the first diagnosed case of Lyme Disease outside of New England, back around 1984 or so. When we first started noticing a problem, I begged to have additional tests for a recurrence of Lyme. I was ignored. This article has left me ill.
As with Kristopherson, one of the things we noticed was the problems the same meds were causing for him, to the point where we quit giving them to him – and the effects were dramatic. I think the meds for AD, if a person is not violent, are horrible and should not be prescribed.
A friend and I, before I wrote this, were discussing the fact that there are different forms of AD. Unfortunately, very few physicians bother with this. The VA is not accepting the fact that AD can be cause by PTSD. It can be caused by a brain injury. My father had a brain injury, PTSD, and Lyme Disease.
There is a bottom line. When dealing with AD, you must do what is right for your loved one. We found the different organizations to be less than useless. The best place to learn about the disease is via Twitter, going back and forth with people who have been there and done that.
We discovered diet is absolutely critical. They need sugar and cheap useless carbs. Complex carbs – the good kind, don’t work that well. I’m also discovering, now, that marijuana in the form of hard candy is a miracle drug. That is one of the things I would do over, make sure he had the hard candy marijuana, even if it required moving to Colorado.
Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease. There are things which are far worse, trust me. Unless you are dealing with someone who is violent, it need not be the end of the world.