We have suspected that my Dad has had PD for the past couple of years/mainly due to a restful trremor. However since New Years Day his health seems to have deteriorated at an alarming rate. He has had lots of stomach problems, then fainted through low blood pressure & ended up in hospital, developed a urine infection then reacted to the antibiotics and ended up in hospital again. He has lost lots of weight, is confused, has suddenly lost the ability to drive, he drools, shuffles when walking, struggles with swallowing and seems to have developed a stoop. He has 'restless leg syndrome' which keeps him up at night, so is sleeping for most of the day. 7 months ago he was walking at least 3 miles a day and was an active pensioner - now he isn't well enough to leave the house some days. We have managed to contact our local Parkinsons nurse and he was prescribed Sinemet - but that just seems to make him even more tired and confused. We are shocked at his decline, he has very little muscle strength left and needs assistance with the smallest task or decision. We are wondering whether to take him back off his drugs - at the moment his consultant can't see him for 6 weeks and the Parkinsons nurse is on holiday. Has anyone had to deal with this ? We just want to help him keep his dignity, but he seems to be more dependant each day.
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