Hey, y’all. My 83 year old husband has Parkinson’s, he was diagnosed with it in 2013 when we lived in America. We’re now back in the UK.
Five years on and he’s not doing well. He’s had any number of falls and one of his most recent ones landed him in A & E where he had to have five stitches inserted into a head wound after he’d fallen backwards and the back of his head hit the ground.
We’ve bought a three wheeled walker for his use upstairs and a second three wheeled walker for use downstairs. He can no longer get up from chairs on his own so we’re having a riser recliner chair delivered very soon.
His fine motor control which was bad, then improved, has deteriorated again so I now have to dress him and undress him. I have to help him by lifting and straightening his legs when he lies on the couch for a nap and when he goes to bed.
He can now do very little around the house (we used to share the housework) and he now leaves the house only for medical appointments.
We have an upcoming visit from an O/T to see how the house can be made more safe for my husband.
My husband’s currently taking the following Parkinson’s medications:
0730, Co-careldopa, 25-100mg one and a half pills, Amantadine, 100mg
1300, Co-careldopa, 25-100mg one and a half pills, Amantadine, 100mg
1800, Co-careldopa, 25-100mg one and a half pills
2200, Caramet MR 25/100mg (modified release version of Co-careldopa, 25-100mg)once nightly
The Parkinson’s is adding greatly to his unhappiness - he’s handling a lot of health issues right now, including terminal cancer and a hiatal hernia.
We saw his neurologist just three weeks ago when he gave my husband a handy trick to help him “unfreeze” when walking but a lot of the issues my husband now has with unsteadiness on his feet weren’t apparent then.
Does anybody have any suggestions?