My Father has Altzemiers & Brain Bleed!

@jennybianca (12914)
Australia
November 29, 2007 10:14pm CST
My Father has just been diagnosed with Altzemiers. Fortunately his was discovered early enough, just, that he qualifies for medication. For 33% of people, this medication stops the disease progressing. For another 33% there is no improvement. I guess the other 33% are somewhere in between. The diagnosis was no great surprise to us, as it runs in my family. My Aunty (dads sister) had it for many years. Three great anties had it & my G-grandmother had it. There is a strong chance they make take away my fathers drivers licennse. This will impede their independance a lot.. What was a shock, was that they found evidence of minor brain bleeds. He must have had one or more strokes. I haven't found out what they are going to do about this, if anything. Seven years aho my Father had a quadruple bypass. I don't know what the long term prognosis is for him?
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@eden_shii (508)
• Australia
30 Nov 07
i'm so sorry that this happens to your dad...this disease is so widespread now a days...my dad is still young and i don't want him to suffer the same...i am very attached to my parents and my sisters that's why when i read this post, it really touched me and i just can't imagine that this happens to most elders and may even occur to us...
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@AmbiePam (50164)
• United States
30 Nov 07
So much is being discovered of how to prevent this disease. There is no sure thing at all to prevent it. Healthy people get it, so do overweight people. But they say a good diet decreases the chance of getting it. It is hard to say that though when it runs in one's family. It runs on the female side of my dad's family.
• Australia
30 Nov 07
yeah...i have heard that there are many inventions made to cure this disease...but i've read somewhere that the best prevention to this is to keep you brain working...to keep reading...i don't know if it is true...but i've been telling everyone that there is nothing wrong if we will try to take this simple step...to read and keep the brain working...
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
30 Nov 07
Yes, I have heard of a number of activities that may help prevent altzemiers, but especially keeping one's brain active. Fish Oil capsules are supposed to help too. I am thinking of starting a "Prevent Altzemeirs Support Group"
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Sorry to hear about your dad's diagnosis. It's good that they caught it early, so it may not get that bad. My father in law was diagnosed probably more than 10 years ago, and he does have some memory problems, but it's not that bad. He's on medication also. My mother in law complains about him forgetting things, but really, she's just as bad. My father in law can still drive, but someone has to go with him so he doesn't get lost.
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@AmbiePam (50164)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Last year I was with my grandfather when he fell asleep while driving us across a bridge. I didn't even know what was going on until I realized he wasn't changing lanes, he was going to go off the bridge. I woke him up, and despite him telling me not to say anything, I DID tell my grandma. After that, she only lets him drive if she is with him, and now he can't drive hardly at all. She is too scared because the Alhzeimer's has affected him like that.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
3 Dec 07
Yopur Father sounds similar to My Dad. In that it is not so bad yet. I think with my Fathers driving the only problem is that me gets lost too. But Mum is usually with him. I hope they let him keep his drivers license.
• China
30 Nov 07
It is unhappy to listen to it.Please take care about it.I donot know how to help you,just send my warm care.Donot worry about it,I believe everything will be fine.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
3 Dec 07
Hi jennybianca! i am really so sorry to hear that. I hope and pray that your father will have a very good prognosis. I guess he is still lucky because the condition was detected earlier and he can still be treated somehow. Take care always and will be praying for your father. Have a nice day my friend.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
4 Dec 07
Thank you for your comments. We are hoping that this medication will stop the condition getting worse.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
4 Dec 07
Hi jennybianca! Oh i do hope and pray it will. take care..
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• United States
21 Jan 08
wow-my grandmother and one of her brothers had altzheimers,but i don't recall them saying there was bleeding. all i can say is my grandmother alone lived over 8 years with the disease by itself.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
11 Feb 08
There may be no connection between my Fathers brain bleeds & altzheimers.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
30 Nov 07
Sorry to hear about dad. I fear my father getting, or is it having, Alzheimers. He has mild dementia which I think is getting worse. He is at the point now where I have to handle his finances now days. My dad was supposed to have bypass but he went for the stemts instead at his age the bypass may have killed him on the table. Hope things work out with dad and the family. I'll forget all this in 5 minutes. HAHAHAHA! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
30 Nov 07
Its a wonder the nursing home he was in temporarily didn't arrange for a diagnosis. I don't think my Dad organises the finances at all, Mum does everything & she is disabled.