Speech, movement, sleeping with LBD..Ideas?
I am trying to figure some things out about my sweet husband. He was diagnosed with LBD about 3 years ago at age 63. Our local doctors disagreed and because LBD mimics many other diseases, we thought any diagnosis that was not LBD made more sense. Now we know that access to doctors who are versed in LBD in our area is non-existent….so we have accepted LBD as the diagnosis. My hubby is physically fit, (golf's and runs), plays with the grandchildren, and still drives quite well. (We just completed a 3,000 mile bucket list trip – I drove for a total of three hours. Before that, he drove a large RV for 2,000 miles- I didn't drive it at all…however that was too much on him mentally, and we sold it immediately after the trip.) He cannot go to the grocery store because using the credit card machine is hard, and he does not buy what I write down for him to get. He cannot do any bills, fix things around the house, talk with contractors, fix his meds, shave very well, think of things to do without prompts (stands and stares a lot), he has trouble trying to read or remember familiar words to hymns or songs. However, one of his main problems is speaking – either he can't find the words or he can't get them out. Would speech therapy be beneficial for him? Also, sometimes he just has some strange involuntary muscle movements such as a sudden jerk, or his hands having a slight shake to them that is only noticed when I am holding his hand, and he has great difficulty writing anything- even his signature. Are these symptoms of anything such as Parkinsons? One more thing, he used to have horrible nightmares. Since he is retired military, he was diagnosed with PTSD. However the nightmares are less frequent (depending on stressor of the day or violence on TV) and when he has a CPAP on, they are almost non-existent. He sleeps well – almost too much. Does anyone have any insight or similar experiences? I simply want to be the best I can be for him.