Ataxia is defined as the loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement. This is a common symptom that occurs in the aging process, neurological disease and other diseases.
My blog today will focus on what is commonly called "lewy lean" Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a neurological disease. With my having LBD, I have times that I experience "lewy lean" If I "get up in the middle of the knight to go to the bathroom" with no lights on, I will veer into the left or the right wall. There is no way to predict which direction that I will veer first. When I start veering, I will bounce between both left and right. Finally, I get to the bathroom , finish my business and am able to walk back to the recliner without difficulty.
Anytime that I develop a new symptom with LBD, I attempt to find ways to compensate for what I might be losing. Leaving a lamp on, does not work for me. Our den and kitchen are connected and open. I sleep in the recliner because, I have supine hypertension. My solution has been to leave the overhead lights on in the kitchen and off in the den. This works for me; and, I am able to get a good nights sleep.
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Robert Bowles, Jr.