I knew my husband was having worsening focus, short term memory and comprehension issues, plus "nastiness" and combatitiveness. It was "the lights are on but no one's home." The day before his routine follow up appointment for cholesterol, (and he had forgotten to get pre-visit bloodwork and had forgotted the actual doctor appt. until they called to remind him), I called the doctor office and told them what was going on and asked that the doctor address it at the appointment the next day. I was shocked when the doctor gave my husband some simple tests...and he failed enough to have the doctor refer him to a neurologist and order bloodwork. My husband could not spell "world" backwards (and became agitated at the request to do so), could not count backward from 100 by 3's (got stuck at 91 and blanked out after that - and needed help from the doc to even get started at 100) and could not touch his thumbs to fingers, even when the doc demostrated what he needed to do. So now I am freaked out. And the waiting is killing me. Bloodwork is in 2 days. Neurologist has not called with appointment yet. My husband thinks nothing is wrong with him, or he may just "snap out of it" if there is an issue. I do understand that this may NOT be dementia but the not knowing for sure is stressing me out. My daughter is getting married here in June and I hope to have answers by then? I am not telling any family about this so as not to disrupt the happy nuptials and the "fun" of the wedding, so I am on my own for now. Also, my husband is the sole caregiver for his 92 year old mother, who lives in a retirement apartment 45 minutes from us. His dad died in December and his only brother died in 2014. So much to consider and deal with if the diagnosis is positive.