Thursday Chip and I went to my neurologist’s office in Hammond to get the complete testing results. He basically told me the same thing that the neuropsychologist did which is that there has been a significant decline since the last series of tests in 2015.
I started to type all of the details from the report but it was just too much.
In each of the following areas, the report showed significant decline or impairment SPATIAL/CONSTRUCTIONAL, LANGUAGE, and OVERALL HIGHER COGNITION, PREMORBID FUNCTIONING, ATTENTION/CONCENTRATION, PROCESSING SPEED, FLUID REASONING, AND PROBLEM SOLVING.
Dr. Zapata explained that since the cause of my Vascular Dementia is the several TIA’s (Transient Ischemic Attacks) I’ve had It may stay at the stage it is now unless I have more TIAs.
Vascular dementia (also referred to as vascular cognitive impairment) is the term used for cognitive decline caused by reduced blood flow in the brain.
Dr. Zapata explained to Chip and me that one way Vascular Dementia is different from Alzheimer’s is that when Alzheimer’s starts it is a downward slope. Vascular Dementia is a “stepwise” progression of symptoms, meaning that the symptoms stay the same for a while and then suddenly get worse. What this means for me is that I may be just like I am for a while. This explains why I am still doing fairly well and have been for a while.
Dr. Zapata is increasing the amount of Galantamine I take from 4 mg twice a day to 12mg twice a day since that is what I use to take before Dr. Valdes took me off of it. He talked to me and asked several questions about the jerking episodes I had three mornings in a row recently. I still have no idea what caused it but both he and Dr. Valdes believe it could have something to do with grief, he wants me to see Dr. Linden at New Leaf Psychiatry. I don’t have an appointment yet but hopefully will soon.
I have written about having dementia so much that I feel the need to stop writing publically about what I’m feeling and experiencing. There is not anything more that can be done since I take medicine for dementia already. Hopefully, I will stay at the level I am now and if it progresses it will do so slowly.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! We just came inside from floating around our pond in a tube. What an amazing experience that was! Will share more soon!