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Old 01-23-2009, 06:30 AM   #1
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I should start by explaining that my dad has late-stage Parkinson's Disease, and along with this he gets a lot of hallucinations and delusions, partly from the disease and partly from the medications. Mostly it's harmless stuff, like he thinks there's an airport runway in the parking lot outside his condo.

Yesterday I called him and he said, "Call me back later, I'm talking with the Secretary of State."

I asked if it was Hillary or Condi? He seemed to think it was Henry Kissinger.

So I called again in twenty minutes. This time he was talking with the Secretary of Defense, the entire Cabinet, and the President!

I told him I was sorry I missed that, and he said the President is a pretty nice guy.

Best delusion EVAH!
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That is so darn cute. Did he give them any good ideas??
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That is so darn cute. Did he give them any good ideas??
If they asked him about cars or machinery, I bet he did!
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(((HUGS)))

This must be difficult for you.
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bless his heart.

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im glad his delusions are positive. it's so awful when they're not.

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That is so darn cute. Did he give them any good ideas??
If they asked him about cars or machinery, I bet he did!
Maybe he can offer tips on the '65 Stang
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Really not a plea for sympathy, guys, just thought it was funny. Thanks, though!
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That is so darn cute. Did he give them any good ideas??
If they asked him about cars or machinery, I bet he did!
Maybe he can offer tips on the '65 Stang
Send your questions to me and I will pass them along!

He's pretty confused most of the time, but if I ask him a car question he can diagnose a problem in seconds flat.
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If they asked him about cars or machinery, I bet he did!
Maybe he can offer tips on the '65 Stang
Send your questions to me and I will pass them along!

He's pretty confused most of the time, but if I ask him a car question he can diagnose a problem in seconds flat.
Amazing how the brain works.
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Best delusion EVAH!
Agreed! and (((hugs))).
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If they're going to be confused, it's always nicer when they're pleasantly confused. It's so sad when they're in a "bad place".
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Awww. My boy's grandfather has Parkinson's and I know it's not easy to deal with at times. *hugs*

That is funny though.
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I'm glad you handle it the way you do. My friend's grandma had Alzh. and a bunch of other stuff on top of it. She would hold a "baby" and my friend would tell her how beautiful her baby was and how she must be so proud. Her grandma responded so much better to her response than to the others in the family telling her ,"There is no baby there! That is a pillow!" Why upset them? Go with it! Good for you!

Even in bad situations it seems to be better to go with it b/c even if it isn't REAL, it was real to them. My great grandma told my mom a man had came in her window and raped her. My mom talked to her as if it were real. I mean, can you imagine if that happened and nobody believed you? How lonely that must feel to have nobody understand your reality...
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Yes, I went to a very good lecture on dealing with people who have Alzheimer's or other dementias, and they said to "live in their world." That's hard to do on the rare occasions when my dad sees or believes something that upsets him. Trying to reassure him that it isn't real just doesn't work. Fortunately his short-term memory is not good any more, so if I can get him to rest for a few minutes, he usually forgets what was bothering him.
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Yes, I went to a very good lecture on dealing with people who have Alzheimer's or other dementias, and they said to "live in their world." That's hard to do on the rare occasions when my dad sees or believes something that upsets him. Trying to reassure him that it isn't real just doesn't work. Fortunately his short-term memory is not good any more, so if I can get him to rest for a few minutes, he usually forgets what was bothering him.

Yes, this is what I've been taught as a caregiver for a woman with dementia. We "live in her world" as much as possible, unless it's unsafe or too difficult for us.

Your story is very cute - I bet your dad felt very proud that those important people had called him for advice! Had he been watching any of the inauguration coverage? I know with the woman I care for, when she comes up with something really odd, it's usually from something she read or heard. Although once our Congressional representative really did call her, which confused us all!
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His health aide is a big Obama fan and has had the news channels on with the inaguration coverage, so I'm sure that's where it came from.
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I know you're not looking for sympathy and you do seem like you're taking things well, but my first response was a little sadness for the man. I agree that I'm glad his delusions are at least positive.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:05 AM   #20
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It's a terrible disease and it is very sad to see him slowly deteriorate. The dementia is just one of a whole armload of unpleasant symptoms. But sometimes he gets a lot of enjoyment from his hallucinations. Last week he thought he was in Mexico instead of cold, snowy NJ. Good for him!
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