If It's Not One Worry, It's Another

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If It's Not One Worry, It's Another

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Last year about this time there was a lot to report about Dean's health. They had increased his blood pressure medicine, instead of putting him on another one, when his pressures were measuring more than usual. Then they doubled it again.

He gradually started showing increased symptoms of dementia. He was more forgetful, sleeping and falling more and eating less. He was even having wild dreams and hallucinating about them when he was awake.

The medical team thought it was just his dementia getting worse. They even did a brain scan and sent him out of town to a university geriatrics psychiatrist to evaluate his status and the meds he was on. This new "expert" just casually mentioned dropping the blood pressure medicine and I relayed that suggestion to his practitioner back home.

We took him off that one medicine and voila! He made a complete turn around and within a week was back to his normal self. Who would have thought? (I guess I don't have to remind you caregivers to keep an eye on those meds!)

As I reflect on this medical event, I have to say that we are fortunate to enjoy the health we have had this past year. There has been nothing major in quite some time.

What I worry about these days is finances. I better not get started on that. With Social Security's measly 1.5% cost of living increase, it's probably just enough to knock us off our $15 monthly food supplement and energy assistance.

Thank you, Uncle Sam. You aren't a very good Santa. (like my husband here :)

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ejourneys

Thank goodness the psychiatrist had a clue! I'm very glad that was a straightforward issue to resolve -- once it was recognized for what it was. Love the photo -- I hope 2014 brings you some relief and peace.

EllysGdaughter

Hi Teresa, It is so good to hear that the BP meds were causing all the problems. We have the same issues here - BP for anyone over 60 years of age can be 160/ whatever!!! It is important that the blood gets circulated and it can't do that through those old arteries if they are suppressed!! Hurray and looking forward with you to 2014!

Denise

Hi Teresa--I love the photo! :) The worries about the finances can feel like that dark cloud that hangs over every day. And, it can feel like a rock and hard place to keep under a certain level but above another so you can have the help. UGH! \r\n\r\nAlways good to hear from you. Any goals for 2014?