My wife and I just had a short but interesting discussion that did not end with an answer, but just more thought; When do I quit taking all of the meds that I take? I have already stopped Sinemet, as I discussed in an earlier post. We know, from doing research, that Namenda and Razadyne (Arecept) have a limited time that they are effective. So, when do we quit taking medications and just let the disease take it's course? A cancer patient certainly does not continue chemo therapy after the Oncologist has decided that the treatment will no longer help. SO why would I take medicines, designed to help my memory when they have stopped working. We will certainly know when they stop working because my memory will begin a precipitous drop. I also need to tell you that I am not at that point now. However, I also am smart enough to know that someday I will be. Also, my Neurologist has me on some herbal remedies that she has learned help with the effectiveness of Namenda and Razadyne. If I quit taking all of these meds, my pill box would shrink by 90%. Not to mention my payments to the pharmacy!
And of course, there is the practical matter of, how long do I want to prolong the inevitable? Don't everyone get all upset. I am just looking at this in a practical manner. To say that I am tired of taking pills would be an understatement. They are beginning to replace food! I take 12 pills at night!! That has replaced my nightly snack! After the pills I don't have enough room for my ice cream!! How bad is that?
So, as usual, Lewy Body Dementia has left us with more questions than answers. I guess we will just have to keep looking for guidance from GOD.