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Mind Boggling news. Such great news too. So glad to see you lost your boarder.
Im going to move this to Message from the Heart as its not only for sad news.
Wonderful news! Unfortunately, it is too easy for someone to get misdiagnosed. I’m not criticizing the medical profession when there are no easy answers to explain the diagnosis. You were fortunate to have someone who was willing to reevaluate and look for more answers. I hope you are both able to enjoy your lives. I love the strategy you used to compensate by having a third person to blame.
So many doctors take affront when you say you want a second opinion or even question the validity of their diagnosis. However, there are some out there who's ego is not so large that they cannot realize they have made an error, actually admit to the patient, and help the patient seek the care they need.
You're very fortunate to have such a wonderful doctor. .....Doctors are human beings who can make a mistake just as any one else. And someone once pointed out to me that their oath allows them to "practice medicine" ..... it doesn't mean they will always get it right.
Thank you for your wonderful post to remind us that even when no hope is given.....there still is hope for some.
Ah Kate! This is such wonderful news. I wasn't aware of the 3rd person in your life, and don't know how you and your husband approached "him" with such humor and grace. Thank you for sharing such happy news. I know all of your friends are smiling as much as I am.
Love and hugs
I was glad to read what you posted about Nathan's doctor. He is a remarkable doctor and humble enough to admit he may have been wrong. I could tell he felt some trepidation while telling us he might have misdiagnosed Nathan. I was quick to let him off the hook by reminding him that there is no blood test for Alzheimer's or any other definitive test. It's a combination of a brain scan coupled with interviewing the patient and family to create an overall impression. Unfortunately, Nathan was going through some other things at the time of our initial diagnosis which gave him many of the behaviors of an Alzheimer's diagnosis. Once he got the diagnosis, he subtly began living the disease instead of his life which didn't help with his annual evaluations. We will be seeing his doctor again in early September to see how we are to move forward with the visual memory issue. The specialist who did the in-depth testing said the only thing she wants him to do is not drive anywhere for the first time by himself, get out more / volunteer and to practice making visual things "personal" if he needs to remember them. Example, if he needs to remember a picture, put himself in the picture.
Sayadina / Kate
You got that right! As for Al, he's been replaced with new jokes like, "Don't try and pull the Alzheimer's card on me!" and getting flash cards for visual memory training. One of the things the specialist wants him to do is get out more and volunteer so Nathan is looking at the local SPCA or the Wildlife Rescue / Rehab in our area. He just took a bunch of baby bunnies there who my German Shepherd found all over our back yard and tried to herd into a group. I think he'd be great at that.
Wow! That is just incredible! I’m very happy for you two!
Al was not our first invisible person by the way. We've had "Fanny, the Invisible Maid" with us for years! If we are having a lazy day and don't want to do work around the house, we tell each other Fanny can do it later. If something doesn't get done, we blame Fanny. If we opt for take-out instead of cooking, it's because it's Fanny's day off. You get the idea. LOVE that woman!!! LOL!
I'm so happy for you!!
I love your outlook..