My Dad, 71 years old, has type 2 diabetes, low thyroid, high BP, all being successfully managed according to Docs. He has begun to fall down a lot. Several years ago my Sis noticed him doing in foot tapping kind of thing, (just one leg moving all the time while seated), and pretty often when he'd be in our region for a visit every couple of months. I sort of notice too, but thought is was just a subconscious kind of thing, out of boredom, or being all revved up as he often was. But Sis thought he couldn't control it, I thought something was wrong. Hmmm? Other than that though, he was still very clear headed, writing political speeches, running a non profit, doing lots of traveling, outwardly healthy, so I blew it off since he really did seem OK otherwise.
Exactly 3 years ago, he and his new wife sold their home in KY and moved to FL, not uncommon for my Dad as he always made moves for employment advancements in his life. 2 years ago he had a minor car accident. A neurologist at the hospital said he had a minor bleed in his brain, subarachnoid hemorrhage, what ever that is, that would need watched. It did self resolve. They do precautionary scans every now and then, all have been clear since. Docs aren't sure if the accident caused the bleed, or if the bleed caused the accident. Dad said he doesn't know either, but that he feels like the accident was his fault due to the statistical info of car positions etc. He remembered gassing up his car before getting back on the road right before the accident, but didn't remember how he got to the hospital after the accident, so I don't know if that's a factor in all of this or not.
One year ago, Dad lost major ground on what I think is known as "short term memory", AND he started to fall down. Usually after physical fatigue, like mowing his stupid 2 acre yard with a PUSH mower. Took me 5 years of harping to finally get him to buy a rider, the goofball. But he's tough. I harped on him to go back to Neuro with new symptoms, the falling, Neuro said "possibly" Post Polio Syndrome, since he did have that as a kid. Fast forward to last fall, he can't remember a thing, had to give up his writing, falling several times a day, sometimes can't get back up. One day he went out on an errand, got off on the wrong exit, had to pull off into a parking lot and phone home to get redirected. Granted, a newer area, but, ????, the guy was born to travel, and this was his new neck of the woods. (?) He rarely calls me now, never ever went a week before, all my life. When I call him his voice is weak, soft, he forgets what he's saying, but tells me how many times he's fallen down lately.
What the heck? Does this sound at all familiar to anyone? No answer will be considered dumb, :-), fire away if you have any ideas. I am getting worried.