Memory loss& mood swings

Jamie - posted on 05/17/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hubby Tim is at the most a forward thinking person it is something we have worked on our whole life together b/c of the strokes he survived he has acquired brain injury ABI and at times his brain wants to say something but it can't process it properly to vocalize it, and I have noticed that more often he is forgetting some simple tasks that he has done his whole life, when he forgets I can see him fighting to remember if it was something he should know thus comes the mood swing. My question is this Can you think of some way that I can help him to motivate himself ? I have suggested a journal so that he can look back even if it was to remember what he did yesterday b/c of short term memory loss he looks at me like I'm speaking Martian at him.

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Jane - posted on 05/17/2011

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If it is happening more often than it used to, you might want to have him evaluated by a neurologist. I wish we had done that for my mom. She turned out to have Lewy Body Dementia and is in the last stages before the end.

There are meds that can help with short-term memory, and there are also meds that can cause short term memory loss. In addition, with his history he may be at higher risk of memory problems and even additional strokes or TIAs (Transient Ischemic Attack, where the blood vessels clamp down, reducing blood flow to the brain, but there is no clot involved).

A journal might be helpful, but if he isn't a journal-keeping kind of person you might substitute a recording device so he can just speak into it.

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Jane - posted on 05/25/2011

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Glad the recording device works, although your imagery makes me cringe. I have children and have indeed discovered snot on door knobs.

Jamie - posted on 05/25/2011

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To Jane the recorder on his phone works slick as snot on a door knob I put it on his home page right beside the phone app and just remind him that it is there to remind himself of things coming up or to maybe remember that I like Lobster dinners Hint,hint I also call him and ask did you get my message today so he has to check it yesterday he came home with MILK and not bread just what I asked for too lol

Jamie - posted on 05/18/2011

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The thing is Tim was on asa somewhere around 15 yrs ago and it ate away at his stomach and he got ulcers to this day if Tim tries to take an asa he projectile vomits within 20 mins. of taking it, that is now how he realizes if he gets a headache he's taken the wrong thing asa instead of tylenol.

Jamie - posted on 05/18/2011

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He is not the specialist decided that Tim's Dr.s' didn't have him on meds long enough so he wants him on them another yr the spec. added asa to his already 4-5 mg alternating dose of warfarin go figure. The Dr.s' sent him to see if he was a candidate for an ICD.

Jane - posted on 05/18/2011

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My husband, my grandmother and my dad all get (or got, since my husband and my grandmother are deceased) TIAs.

Is your husband eligible for some type of pacemaker?

Jamie - posted on 05/18/2011

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He has a recording device on his cell that I'm just looking at I think I will show him how to get to it or make it as a main app for him to get there, thanks I never thought of that.
Tim has a standing 6 month apt. with his neuro and cardio Dr.'s he has for the last 4 yrs. but I think I will have to go with him again and rat him out, seeing as he sometimes only tells the Dr.'s oh I'm fine, nope No worries. My Tim has TIA's like other people get the hiccups there are times he can have them multiple times in a day.We have had Dr.'s shake their heads and ask so why don't you come in and see us like at Emerg as soon as you notice something isn't right. We just laugh at them and tell them if we did that we would have logged in more time than they did doing their internship. Tim is what is considered a walking wounded survivor he has no visual side effects of his health all of his disabilities are internal 10mm now 12mm space of dead brain, a hole in the upper half of his heart between the left/right valve (inoperable) the lower right 1/4 of his hear beats a few milliseconds slower than the rest of the heart and is weaker so he develops a pool of blood clots, heart seizures and muscle deterioration which is a development from some of the meds he takes. His heart performs the opposite of everyone elses' when resting our hearts expand b/c it isn't required to pump blood quickly through the body when we are active the heart contracts Tim's doesn't. Our Neuro & cardio shake their head at Tim and say I don't understand how you are not passing out at every turn.

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