Could a hypoxic episode cause dementia?
A month ago, my seventy-four year old husband got a clean bill of health from the doctor. Three days later, he suffered hypoxia, the lack of oxygen to his brain. He had pneumonia which kept the oxygen from getting to his brain. He is now in a nursing home and his diagnosis is dementia. The person I am married to for 50 years is gone. I don't know this person anymore. Could the lack of oxygen caused the dementia to "blossom"? He had no symptoms of a problem before this. Is there any hope for us or will be be confined to the nursing home? Please someone give me some hope!
This is a very difficult response to your question. Yes, a hypoxic episode can cause brain damage which is like a stroke and as you know people who have had a stroke sometimes recover. If he does not become upset try simple word games, flash cards and perhaps pictures of your family, trips you have taken and other happy occasions. If he likes to sing, play the old Mitch Miller sing-a-long tapes. Above all, just love him , hold his hand, show your love. The power of "loving touch" is incredible
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