14 August 2010
Observation: Acupuncture Helps Tame Lewy Bodies Dementia Symptoms
I noticed that the treatment didn't work as well as previous treatments, Dr. Barton didn't put the needle in my mom's upper lip because she didn't like it.
My mom had difficulty finding her words last week, it was frustrating for her. She noticed the inability to find words after acupuncture and it upset her. I asked her to allow the doctor to put the pin in her upper lip because I believe it is the spot that allows her to find her words. She agreed.
On the drive to the doctor, my mom was lethargic. Slumping in her seat, a drooling face of stone and with fingers busily acting out whatever was in her mind, sadness filled my heart. I prayed to BVM and asked her to help my mom. I prayed that the Acupuncture treatment put a smile on her face as it usually had in the past.
Dr. Barton's colleague treated my mom with Acupuncture. My mom was her disagreeable self as she got on the table. She behaved differently with a woman practitioner doing the treatment. She complained more. She rarely complains to Dr. Barton... I wonder if it's because he's a man? I know that once she told me how disappointed she was that he's married.
The treatment seemed to work fast this time. She was laughing and smiling when she got off the table. She commented that she felt drunk as she laughed with a big smile on her face.
My mom was smiling and laughing during the visit with Patricia, her favorite Daughter-in-law. It was awesome. I was grateful that the acupuncture worked.
Through my observation, acupuncture helps tame Lewy Bodies Dementia symptoms in my mom. I highly recommend Care Givers look into acupuncture for their loved ones or even just for themselves.
My mom finds her words after acupuncture, she can tell me what she needs, she can tell me about her hallucinations. Even if what she is saying is like listening to a fantasy fiction movie, it calms her to be able to express herself, making caring for her much more enjoyable. I enjoy improvisational acting, my mom's hallucinations help me to create stories which seem to validate her, bringing her peace.
From my personal experience, acupuncture relaxes me and allows me to tolerate the daily grind of caring for someone who has lost their mind.