New member from Switzerland
I do not know what to write, now that I am finally admitted on the forum. My father was diagnosed with dementia, little surprise it was. He began to have problems articulating in speech a while ago, began to misplace and forget things. These days he can hardly make a sentence anymore, and forgets where in his appartment he finds the food. He soils himself and not just with urine. We had to confiscate everything obviously dangerous like matches and lighters. He did set the table on fire, and just stared at it without calling for help. Currently he is blessed with alot of drowsiness.
Lately the Docs said it is probably LBD, and the more I am reading the more sense it makes. I am so releived, We were not just seeing things, it makes sense now. The odd movements during REM sleep, the drowsiness, the hallucinations (rare though).
He is on Exelon, it helped a bit in the beginning, but now the decline seems very rapid. My brothers live in other countries. There is a "part time girlfriend" who looks for him a couple days of the week. The responsible person is me though. I see to it that things are happening, that he gets additional care, I write the applications for homes for elderlies should there be an emergency etc.
My father was an abusive ice-cube all my life, so I am sorry but I do not have too many feelings for that person. Glad I received life, thanks. I do my best to be a responsible person none-the-less though. Like I would for a distant aunt or uncle having no other relatives close by. Which does not change the fact that I am responsible. Well, at least I think so. I should check that from a legal point of view. But I think, if he burns down the house, and the other family in the house takes damage, I am in trouble.
So, I knew what to write. Thanks for reading this far