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Interesting. My husband, who has MCI that doesn’t seem so mild any more, is just the opposite. He doesn’t want me out of his sight. So I’m the one who feels that someone is following me all the time. 😜At least I just about always know where he is.
We first noticed mild memory loss, missing appointments, meetings etc.? in 2006. At that time he was also diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. He took early retirement in 2007. Neurologist agreed with us that years of oxygen deprivation could possibly have been the initial source of his dementia issues. Since that time, he uses a CPAP every day, but the cognitive decline has continued gradually, until the last couple of years when the memory loss has become more severe. Now, he cannot tell time, cannot do any of the handyman jobs he used to do, struggles to find the word for objects, cannot remember that he already ate, or has not had a bath or brushed his teeth. He does still dress himself, but would wear the same clothes every day, if I didn’t remove them from his closet. He knows that he cannot remember, and usually asks me for answers, but then is often sure I’m mistaken. He knows he is dependent on me, yet is very protective of me and hardly wants me out of his sight. Probably more than you wanted to know, but so far, we make a pretty good team and I certainly know that our difficulties don’t even compare to those of so many others.
I am Patsy. My husband, an aerospace engineer, is the smartest man I know, but Mild Cognitive Impairment has robbed him of all those engineering skills. He is still physically able, a sweet, kind husband, likes to be socially active but cannot remember what happened 30 seconds ago. Unable to reason, he gets frustrated and so do I! It can be physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting. But when I say, “Lord, I cant do this!” He says, “No, but I can.”