Archive for March, 2015

Charles Bonnet Syndrome

March 31, 2015

For the past few months Bear has been seeing things – patterns on the wall, butterflies, people wearing hats or masks and even a parrot behind the computer.

He had also been suffering from bronchitis and a urine infection so the doctor put it down to fever and/or low blood sugar as he wasn’t eating properly. One of the carers also suggested it could be due to dehydration as he refused to drink because he wanted to wee all the time.

However, after these causes were over, he still experienced hallucinations.We know his sight is failing because of Macular Degeneration but as far as I knew this meant that straight lines could be seen as wavy ones and a blurred patch could occur in the middle of his field of vision. Could these vivid objects be caused by his eyesight?

Well, according to a recent Google search, the answer is yes. I discovered Charles Bonnet Syndrome and this almost exactly describes his symptoms.

It’s a relief to know that there could be an explanation that doesn’t involve losing his marbles as he was getting quite worried and frightened. The visions are extremely real to him and he got cross when I said I couldn’t see them. Now he is more reassured that this may be the answer to his problems.

Of course, we need a doctor to confirm it but there’s no way they will put forward his eye appointment in August (ophthalmologists .are few and far between so waiting times are terribly long) but I have managed to arrange for him to see another specialist in the next Departement in early July.

Has anyone had experience of people with Macular Degeneration and if so, have they, too, had visions like this?

How Time Flies as you get older.

March 21, 2015

They say that the older you get the quicker time seems to pass and I have to say that’s true for me but when people much younger say the same thing it must be true!

It only seems like last month when we celebrated Christmas and saw the New Year in and now we’re nearly a quarter of the way through 2015.

Another sign of my age is the increasing number of remedies that find their way into my breakfast bowl:  vitamins C and D, celery seed and Krill oil (for arthritis), reishi mushroom in powder form (for high blood pressure) and recently I’ve started the day with a few drops of lemon essential oil in warm water and that seems to have given me a noticeable boost of energy – or am I imagining it?

This week I ordered some Natto as, that is supposed to be very good for you. However, I believe it’s an acquired people say it smells like very mature cheese plus smelly socks.

It’s due to arrive next week so I’ll let you know how it goes down.

Bear has tried mesotherapy for his pain. He had his second session on Thursday with injections in his back. Last week the doctor injected around his kneecap. The jury is still out as to whether or not it’s helpful but it makes him sleep even more than usual.

He really wanted to watch the eclipse on TV but he dozed off and when I tried to wake him he just muttered for me to leave him alone. Of course, he was able to see it later.

Compared to Bear and Whale I am very fit and active for which I’m extremely thankful.

How embarrassing.

March 12, 2015

Poor Whale suffered a great indignity this morning but, it also has a funny side.

Yesterday the carer discovered that he was bleeding in an awkward place. (I’m not naming names because I don’t want to be Googled for the wrong reasons!).

She phoned her nurse ‘boss’ who proposed putting a sticky dressing on it. Not surprisingly said dressing didn’t stay put.

Today we called our own nurse to come and give an opinion and poor Whale found himself surrounded by four women all discussing his very personal problem – there was the nurse, the carer, my neighbour who helps the carer and me. He has a very swollen stomach so couldn’t see the problem himself  and he had difficulty following the conversation in excitable French at nineteen to the dozen.

In fact they were talking quite a lot about the ‘boss’ nurse whom no-one likes and saying her idea was nonsense.

A few years ago Whale would have died of embarrassment  but he is now more accustomed to the French way of life where people are not at all bothered about the human body. However, i still wince inwardly on his behalf when young girls manipulate his sensitive areas without a care in the world.