AllyB wrote:How is your father-in-law - what treatment is he getting - I suppose a ventricular-peritineal shunt wouldn't help if there ws no raised intra-cranial pressure?
Thanks for asking....somehow I KNEW this was going to come up. He died last spring, but he had lived a good, long life. Was 88 years old and he actually died after a couple of massive strokes.
They did install the shunt and although his symptoms never disappeared, he did seem to show improvement for a short time. Shunts in old people tend to quickly plug up in addition to it being nearly impossible to gauge a shunt to exactly coincide with the rate that new cerebrospinal fluid is created.
It was a most ironic situation I'd ever seen in that he detested the thought of being old and feeble. I'd known him since he was 62 and he put a lot of effort into working out, running and eating right.
The irony was in the fact that he spent his last 10 years healthy as a horse but his dizziness and loss of peripheral vision removed his ability to golf, drive or live in his own house. NPH made him lose his will to live but all his healthy efforts left him with a body that refused to die.
In large part that's why I drink, smoke, swear, fight at the drop of a hat, chase wild women and fart in public. I'm completely willing to donate my organs, but when I get done with them the whole shittenkaboodle's going to be wore out and if any good is to come of me they're going to have to grind me up for garden fertilizer.
They say your body is a temple........mine might rightly be compared to derelict inner city crackhouse.
Regardless, we all enjoyed having my father in law around as long as we did and I think he had a few good times along the way.