My name is Oana and I would like to address a question on behalf of my mother. Unfortunately, she cannot speak for herself and that is why it is me, her daughter who will seek for advice and guidance.
My mother has been diagnosed with Parkinson 7 years ago-at the age of 59; the symptoms were tremor and muscle rigidity in the right hand. She coped well with the symptoms and she used to be a highly active person, very talkative and very ambitious, doing daily exercise to keep fit (she wanted to have a knee replacement as she suffered from bilateral gonarthrosis).
In February last year, she agreed upon a change of treatment for Parkinson, although the Parkinson symptoms did not get worse. This was the starting point for the dramatic changes that marked the second half of last year. She was sleeping almost all day long, she was drowsy all the time. From a highly active person, rational, who was able to use electric appliances and take care of herself, she gradually became unable to take care of daily tasks. She became unaware of time, of how to use the phone or the TV remote control, she couldn’t do her daily crosswords anymore. Taking care of herself was no longer possible. These things became visible gradually from May last year and we realized the full dimension of the changes in August-September. First she started complaining about small things like not being able to use the phone. Then she was not able to watch TV anymore, couldnt focus and couldn’t take care of herself. From a very talkative person she became quiet; it is impossible to get a more complex answer than yes/No from her. Even that it’s not something you can rely on. Occasionally, she becomes very agitated, she starts talking with her normal voice, but she has bad episodes of hallucinations;however, she is able to recognize us.
She was taken to the hospital in October and a cognitive regression on a background of deep depression was suspected; in November, as she refused to eat and drink, she was taken to another hospital and it was then that she was diagnosed with dementia.
The diagnostic fell hard on us all. We have been wondering how come such advanced state of dementia could occur in such a short span of time of only 6 months. We have searched for answers in the clinics and hospitals around us. However we could not find any and something is definitely not right.
This is why I wanted to ask if any such case was ever encountered. Is it possible that such advanced state of dementia to occur in 6 months? Should we accept the diagnostic or should we make further inquiries?
In case anyone has any recollection of such a case of rapid dementia progression or if anyone has any suggestion or if you need further information in order to give an answer, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are in desperate need of some help!
Any answer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!