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Pumakitty
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I wanted to update all of you on my dad.  It seems that he has really taken a turn and not in the good direction.  Like I posted before this all started on December 29th when he fell two days in a row.  He was talking srange stuff and keep thinking there were people in the house.  He walking became very bad.  When we saw the doctor it was determined that he was going through withdrawl after getting fentenyal patches that were not any good.  When I put the new patch on things seemed to improve for a day or two and then right back where they were. 

Over the weekend he fell out of the bed again.  He is talking normal, but still hearing things and his walking is really bad.  He goes for at CT on Monday and then sees the doctor on the first.  I am not sure what has happened so quickly. 

We do not let him drive anymore or go to the store.  He can not walk that long and I am afraid that he would get confused.  He can not keep track of the day or time.  Mom and I do not leave him anymore.  At night we hardly sleep because he roams all night and we are afraid that he will fall.  I am thinking he may be having dementa starting.

 

I am sorry to post such gloomy news, but I really needed someone to talk with about this.  Mom is a nervous wreck dealing with this when I am at work.  I will let you know what we find out on the 1st.

 

Thanks for listening.

 

Kathy

 

Ladylacy
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Sorry to hear about your dad but maybe the patches are just too strong for him and he should stop using them.  My husband uses liquid pain medication but naturally it isn't covered by Medicare because it is liquid.  Pills of the same medication are covered but due to major swallowing problems, the liquid is much easier.  It is good that you are there for your parents because they need you. 

Wishing the best -- Sharon

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Pumakitty
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Thanks Sharon.  I plan to talk to the doctor about these patches.  He has been on them for over a year.  They are 25 mg so I am not sure what is going on.   My dad had the liquid meds, but they did not seem to help much.

 

Kathy

Noellesmom
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Joined: Aug 2010

Can't remember your dad's age, Kathy, but please have them check kidney function.  What you are describing could be caused by many different things but if his kidneys are not working properly, the confusion, weakness and tendency to fall can all be attributed to renal failure, even if it is mild.

I would have him checked as soon as possible.

Noellesmom
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Sorry.

katenorwood
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Joined: May 2012

Hi Kathy,

I'm sorry to hear of all the issues your Father is enduring.  I will tell you our family went through similar issues, and Mom wanted to stay at home.  We made it happen....but needed more than just two of us to make it happen.  Your Mother needs some away time, as do you.  Is there any way of pulling in some help ?  I know there are resources to help.  Please explore your options.  I will be thinking positives for your Fathers upcoming CT scan....hope it will give you some answers.  I'm always here to talk Kathy.  Wishing you all the best !    Katie

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