Cathryn T. - My Best Friend and Lover for 30 years
Over 6 years ago my best friend and lover, my husband Donald, was diagnosed with dementia. It began with him not being able to remember how to manage a program as a engineer. This man holds a BS in engineering and MS in computer Science. He has managed projects for such companies as Boeing Commercial Aircraft company, in the Aerospace industry and finally in a small company close to his home. I begin to notice he forgot to turn off the stove, placing items in placese where they shouldn't be. He also began to forget to do simple things like lock the door. I at first thought it was simple forgetfulness. He is only 56 years old and this started at 50. At 53, I finally asked his family practitioner to refer him for some testing for depression, etc. Well this lead to more testing and finally diagnosis of early onset dementia--mild cognitive impairment. It is hard to watch this occur. However, one good thing is that I am a RN who works in geratrics. It has helped me to prepared for what can occur. I am glad to find this area to meet others who are dealing with the same thing I am.