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Dec 11, 2014 Latest post:
Jan 16, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.Most all of you know now that dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's almost 2 years ago and Lewy bodies dementia almost 1 1/2 years ago. Our mom has been the primary caregiver during this entire time and doing a wonderful job! The day after thanksgiving he was taken to Vanderbilt for what we thought was a panic attack. All symptoms stopped upon arrival to the ER. He was admitted overnight to rule out infection, bowel obstruction, and stroke (which were all negative) and the doctor was planning his discharge the next morning when another "panic attack" happened again. More tests were run and he was seen by neurology and cardiology with no clear cause or source of what had happened. During this hospitalization, he lost a lot of strength and had some moments of clarity and moments of confusion. Ultimately, he was discharged to a rehab facility (NHC Cool Springs). Upon arrival there, he seemed stronger, which was such a blessing for us to see. He is starting physical therapy and occupational therapy for about 3 weeks and then we will assess the progress he has made and determine what is best for him regarding quality of life and preservation of his dignity as well as support for our mom in what she wants and what is best for her quality of life as well. Please pray for our family that we may honor our parents and help our mom make some really hard decisions about