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Mar 22, 2018
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In the past 3 weeks or so Dads confusion and Parkinson’s went from mild, where he could still do daily activities on his own from going to Dr appointments with mom, going out to eat or to the grocery store, doing small things around the house, to just all of a sudden having hallucinations and episodes of delirium and not being able to eat on his own as well as being paranoid that “people were coming to get him” or that “they were listening to us” as well as seeing people in the house that were not there. He went to go see the Dr on March 6th, at the VA and on his way in, he fell. He took a good fall where he bruised up his arms and legs and he also hit his head. He was seen by the ER docs there and nothing was broken and he was sent home. Over the next two days his confusion and hallucinations were not getting better, if anything worse and he was also getting up in the night and didn’t know what he was doing. On Wednesday night of March 7th he got up in the middle of the night and fell again. He did not hurt himself, Thankfully, but this is when we decided on Thursday March 8th, that Shaun and I would take him to Emerson Hospital to find out what was going on? How could you go from having the normal progression of Parkinson’s and mild confusion, to extreme confusion and hallucinations the next day. We thought perhaps an infection or some traumatic experience to the body. Emerson cleared him of any medical problems. They ran blood work and urine tests and Catscan and found nothing. The next step was for myself and the family to make the decision to admit him to McLean Psychiatric Hospital, where they could find out what was going on with him and have many doctors look over all his history and run MRI’s and have neurological testing to get us some answers. This was one of the hardest decisions I have EVER had to make in my life, but I knew that he had to be in a safe environment where people could be watching him 24/7. He is in the geriatric psych section of the hospital. We have visited him every day. He knows who we are and is very excited to see us when we get there. He still thinks he sees people or that maybe he is in a courthouse or various other stories he will tell us. He seems to be going back in time with his thought process. Maybe back to the days on the Police Department or even maybe some instances of Vietnam. Yesterday, March 12th we met with his psychiatrist and head of the department as well as his social worker to discuss the plan for his treatment. This is a 7-14 day program with ALL HOPES of bringing him home. He met with neurologist and psycho neurologists yesterday and had some testing. They all met yesterday to discuss what they thought of his condition. I received a call from his Dr this morning, and after they all met they determined that they believe this is dementia caused by the Parkison’s and our next steps are to get him on the right medication to help with the Parkinson’s disease psychosis. As soon as I get the next update as to what the plan is I will continue to update this site. Thank you all for the LOVE and SUPPORT you have all shown.