Most of my time at Mayo Clinic I was on my "A" game....
in the circles of LBD, this is referred to as "show time".
I returned home several weeks ago and crashed.
Starting to use a CPAP machine has been very difficult.
I was started on a medication to help with my
hypersensitivity to sound and my hypersensitivity
to someone telling me too much information at one time.
The new medication is one that should cause sedation;
however, it did not cause sedation for me. It increased
my daytime drowsiness.
Last Thursday was one of toughest days that I have experienced
in a long time. I had an appointment with a counselor.
My wife drove us to the appointment which was about
thirty miles from home. I slept most of the time that we were in the car.
Several days prior to this appointment, I noticed that
my Parkinsonian symptoms were increasing...they have been
relatively calm for a few weeks.
My gait and balance were compromised before I left home and
were even more pronounced by the time I got out of the car.
for the appointment. Stoop posture, slow shuffled steps, low voice,
hoarseness, stuttering, slow speech, word selection problems,
and train of thought problems along with overpowering daytime
drowsiness were present.
As we returned home, my wife told me there were times
when I would look at the counselor as if I was attempting
to process what she was saying.
Quite frankly, I do not remember much of what the counselor talked
about that day. After getting back home, I slept
most of the afternoon.
This was a vivid reminder of how I slept 12 to 20 hours a day for months
preceding my diagnosis and after my diagnosis in 2011 - 2012.
Lewy appeared fully in control of me and was kicking my butt.
Today has been the best day since returning from Mayo Clinic.
While I have experienced some short episodes of daytime drowsiness,
it has not been overpowering. These last several weeks are
just a part of my journey with LBD.
Tomorrow is a new day filled with faith, courage, hope and
determination to fight this horrific disease and stand
United Against Dementia
© 2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.