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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Today was D DAY

Today was D Day....Diagnosis day  We have waited 16 weeks for results that we were told would be back and sorted in 6-8 weeks.
 
I became concerned about my husbands memory last autumn, a couple of  serious memory lapses happened  and I told him to get to the doctors. He mentioned it to his doctor and in December he had his first 'dementia' test, an analytical test with a phycologist.  He scored very high on one particular area so was referred for an MRI and further tests which took place in January and February.  Dementia is fatal brain failure and always leads to death sooner or later. Having witnessed a couple of complete memory blocks I was concerned. I was more worried because  hubby is an insulin dependant diabetic and not remembering to eat or inject or test himself would have lead  to death far quicker in his case.
 
Anyway the good news is the actual memory part of his brain shows no signs of anything untoward, but there is  something else going on, so we are being referred for more tests at our doctors that will be fed back to the specialists. He definitely has a problem with his memory in particular verbal recall and tests show it is far worse than someone his age, therefore the tests will be repeated in 12 months time.  There is brain damage conducive to diabetes too and while they weren't concerned about that, they did stress that he needs to keep his blood sugars spot on to limit any further damage.
 
 
We are both relieved despite the additional tests, as its been the 'elephant in the room' for so long. Plus its been confirmed his recall is bad so when I say I 'told you' there should be no arguments now!! And no I won't be cruel  and say I've told him something when I haven't ;0) Bye for now. Tx 
 
 

20 comments:

  1. Good news that it has shown nothing untoward. I hope the further tests will tell you more, so sorry you have both had such a worrying time, xxx

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    1. Thanks Marlene. We will just keep on keeping on.

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  2. I am dealing with a similar issue but in DH's case it is due to a car accident when he was in his teens, and some of the medication he is on makes the problem worse.
    Remember to take some time for yourself, as well spending time as a couple.
    Margaret

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    1. Sorry to hear that Meg, it's quite a difficult thing to deal with. Hubby wants one of his medications reviewed because of side effects. I recently went on a spa day that was a Christmas present and it was a lovely 'me' day.

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  3. Diabetes is hard work isn't it? My son is diabetic. Some people think you just stick in a needle - so much more to it! Have you ever seen a documentary called "Fixing Dad"? About 2 sons who realised their Dad's diabetes and life style were out of control and take on turning it round. Worth a look and consideration!

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    1. I read about it but I believe he was type 2 diabetic. Yes there is far more to type 1 for sure. It affects the whole body over time. He's been a diabetic 37 years.

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  4. I hope you can get to the root causes of your Hubby's memory lapses.

    God bless.

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    1. Time will tell Jackie and in the meantime we carry on as normal.

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  5. That must be a relief for you both and I hope the further tests can give you some indication as to what could help. X

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    1. Thanks Jules, it's been difficult but we've realised we need to just get on with things regardless, after we can't afford to waste any time. Tx

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  6. Knowing what you have to cope with is half the battle.
    Hope things settle

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    1. You are right, not knowing and bring kept waiting is the worst part.

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  7. It's so worrying waiting for test results but glad they showed no sign of dementia, such a horrible disease. My mum's in the early stages of it at the moment and it's horrible watching the deterioration.

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    1. I am so sorry to here that. More money needs to be spent on research as it seems to be the number one killer at present.

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  8. Hope that they get the next lot of tests under way soon and that the results come back much quicker - nothing worse than waiting for news - take care xx

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    1. Thanks Trudie, it's the waiting that's the worst thing especially when they've given a timescale and don't stick to it. Your mind goes into over drive.

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  9. That must be such a relief after such a dreadful wait. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the next set of tests come up with an actual answer for you - knowing what you are up against is half the battle. And so glad it wasn't dementia. Anna

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  10. From my past experience with my mother, I suspect the meds taken for various medical conditions; they prolong life but ultimately poison the brain.

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  11. A mixed result, but as you say it's not what you thought, our NHS once you are in their system is brilliant, fingers crossed for you both.

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    1. Thanks Marlene. It was a mixture of feelings. Glad it wasn't dementia, glad that my observation regarding his verbal memory was correct but worried that things haven't been brought to a conclusion. As you say we are in the system now.

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