I am changing what I had previously planned to post today. A trip to the doctor for my check up and I felt the need to write something else…
So, what I was not prepared to hear today was when I mentioned to the doctor that my husband’s memory seemed to be getting worse – and reminded him that he had previously been diagnosed with Vascular dementia because this is not the same doctor he was seeing when we received the diagnosis; in fact, there have been several doctor changes due to insurance and staying in the network of doctors! What I truly was not prepared to hear the doctor say is: “It could be Alzheimer’s disease, you know that?”
Of course I know that! I have been sharing for almost 31 days – Dementia’s Demands! Of course I know…NO! I do not want to hear that it could be Alzheimer’s disease. I have been on a journey with a dementia that would not get worse; one that was caused by small strokes that affected the memory. The memory we can work with; we can do things to help remember – write things down, use a calendar and write important dates to remember, etc.
I also know that Vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease could go hand in hand – which means there must have been other small strokes that we didn’t know about; more damage to the brain, right? I don’t know! What I do know is that it is a possibility – and so the journey of Dementia’s Demands continues with yet another “bump in the road” and possibly a new diagnosis?!