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Sep 13, 2018
The following information was prepared by Pat Baird, on behalf of the Richardsons: Nick was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease last year. Nick is also experiencing micro vascular ischemia which translates to vascular dementia which is irreversible, and may also cause hallucinations and confusion. Which Nick experiences on a regular basis now. Some of what Nick is experiencing is explained by the Mayo Clinic as "a progressive disorder of the nervous system effecting movement, some experience a slow progression of symptoms. For Nick, the progression has been rapid, and he continues to decline dramatically. Some of the symptoms outlined by Mayo are as follows, and Nick is struggling with each of these on a recurring basis. Tremors - shaking that may begin in a limb, or hand, even your fingers. Some are hard to recognize, and often occur while resting. Slowed Movement (bradykinesia) - over time simple tasks become difficult, and require more time to complete; your steps may become shorter, you may have difficulty getting out of a chair, or drag your feet as you walk. Speech - your speech may become softer, may be complicated with hesitation, and slurring of words. Lewy Bodies - microscopic substances within the brain cells, markers of Parkinson's, become more prevalent Thinking - cognitive problems, dementia, and hallucinations, which are not very responsive to medicaions
Emotional - depression, fear, anxiety, lethargy and/or fatigue (with little or no energy for even simple tasks) Sleep - trouble falling asleep, staying asleep - waking frequently, causing difficulty with staying awake during the day Nick's condition seems to progressing very rapidly, and because of his current condition he is unable to utilize some of the medicine that might help. Medicine that would help some of his symptoms cannot be used because it would adversely affect his other medications, symptoms, or general well being. So he is struggling to get through each day and night. As a result of this Debbie is near exhaustion, trying to care for him during the day and night. She experiences interrupted sleep most nights because Nick awakens, wanders, hallucinates, etc. Even when she is successful in getting him back to bed, and to sleep, she is often unable to go back to sleep herself.