The neurologist had prescribed Donepezil, a medication to treat Alzheimer's disease. Based on my research, I feel it's a bandage solution that only has 50/50 positive reviews, yet it comes with host of side effects.
One by one, we had weaned Eddie's medications off except for the ones for his blood pressure. I had switched all his vitamins to food base instead of the synthetic forms. Together with my boys, we've been monitoring his diet, and exercising his brain and body. He is able to walk around three blocks without using the cane. He enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles and other games on the iPad. His IVC filter (to retrieve any blood clots from his legs) were removed. He enjoys his 20min-a-day sunbathing treat. As of last week, He had graduated from the outpatient therapy program which lasted four months. We are now looking into other means of therapy as well as adult daycare or caregiving service.
The results from the QEEG brain mapping test indicated that Eddie's case is very typical brain of a poststroke patient. Neurofeedback treatment could last from 40 to 70 sessions depending on his progress. Neurofeedback is a process by which a therapist attempts to regulate brain waves. This is done by tracking the brain activity on the computer and then repeatedly sending the information back to the brain via computer imagery or an electrical signal. I haven't quite decided to sign up for this treatment, yet I'm more inclined to do so based on numerous sources. I also looked into other alternative treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen chamber, EECP (Enhance External Counterpulsation), Ozone therapy and Chelation Therapy. As with any alternative treatment, insurance will not pay for such treatment.
Eddie's increasing level of fatigue has been my concern. It's not uncommon for him to sleep ten hours at night and take two to three naps during the day. I had addressed the issue to his primary care doctor and hematologist to test his iron level and vitamin B 12 test. All results came out to be in the normal range. His extreme fatigue continues to be a mystery. I intend to further probe into this issue.
If any of you have any input, advice or experience as to what we are going through, please let me know. Thank you for your prayers and support!