Help, please! Unidentified disorder causing extremely rapid dementia.
Hello caregivers. This is my first interaction on this forum, so please be patient with me. This particular question is not about my parents (for whom I am the basic caregiver), but about my father's best friend. This gentleman is only 68 and he has been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, because the doctors have run out of ideas. I know many people on this forum deal on a daily basis with many, many illnesses related to dementia, so I am praying for a new thought on this situation. Here goes: The gentleman in question was in our area in June and came to visit my Dad as he always does when he comes to Pennsylvania from Florida. At that time, he seemed only milder more confused than normal, and his wife had indicated that the doctors believed he was having a bad reaction to prescribed prednisone. A few weeks earlier he had had a car accident (minor, no injuries to himself, no one else involved). When he regained conciousness in the car, however, he couldn't remember where he was or how to get home. He walked to a gas station and was sent to a hospital. That seemed to be the beginning. Since we saw him in June (he was still driving, walking, conversing normally at that time), he has spent two months in hospitals, first one in Sarasota and next at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. He has become a shell of himself. He will listen when you speak, but does not respond. His face has become expressionless, The dementia is so bad that his wife has had to arrange for in-home care. The doctors, having run out of options, declared that he has Lewy Body Dementia. My question to anyone out there is: Does this seem logical to you, and/or can you think of ANYTHING else it could be? It's so sad. This gentleman is my Dad's best friend and at one time was my boss and friend as well. My Dad has had Parkinson's for four years now (progressing without much aid from drug therapy), and still this man is far, far worse in just three months than my Dad is in four years,. We're grasping for straws here. The diagnosis just seems so unlikely, and the rapidity with which this illness has progressed is nothing short of frightening. Any thoughts on this are welcome. Thank you in advance.