The Story So Far

  • I'm a writer, photographer, consultant. Age 51. My father was a reporter and editor. Then he became something other than that. He died February 8, 2010 at 87. He was widowed in 2003. His decline started a little earlier. His sister died of Alzheimer's.

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Hi Alan, sounds like things continue like they do. I'm going to bet that most of what you describe happening right now is worse because of the anesthesia. My mom, who is 81, had a four hour surgery and had a terrible time just waking up and then she was a different person in her personality for at least a month. She was still showing effects 6 months later. I'm also going to guess that some of what you are seeing has been there to a degree for some time and since everyone is watching so closely, it is now too obvious not to see. That doesn't mean he won't come around as he recovers, just that when you are with a person over a longer time frame, you see things.
I'm really glad to hear he came through this physically so well, and you too for that matter.

Alan G. Ampolsk

Thanks. I'm inclined to agree that it's related to the anesthesia. And -- per my new post -- I don't think he's going to come back all the way. The pattern has been that he regains a little ground but not all of it. That makes sense because -- as you suggest -- the anesthesia is aggravating a set of problems that are already there. So the result is a faster decline, but it was going to be a decline in any case. Still, if he recovers even slightly, that gives me more time to plan, which is a good thing. I'll take what I can get.

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