Finding ways to compensate for adversities of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) can be challenging. I am fortunate that the feelings and sensations in my body are very evident to me. Usually, I can describe them in a way that others can understand. Being able to do this, I usually can quickly find a way to compensate for the challenge that is before me.
Car rides have become stressful to me. My wife is my chauffeur. She is an excellent driver; however, the bumps and turns in the road create chaos in my mind. I have to assume that this is because of the motor symptom component of LBD. I have failed the "Romburg" test. The "Rhomburg" test is used in an exam of neurological function, and also a test for drunken driving. Strangely, I have never had a drink of alcohol in my life. I promised my mother that if she did not make me eat green beans that I would not ever drink. She didn't, so I wanted to honor her. My daughter, a former agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, drove us to our last neuroloigst appointment. She told my wife that I would not have passed the "drunk driving test" As they did the retropulsion test (helps evaluate Parkinson symptoms), I fell backward and would have hit the floor if they had not caught me.
The balance issues have caused problems in several situations. This being one of them, I needed to find a way to compensate. While my wife is driving, I usually am on my iPhone and following my Facebook pages and my website. Finally, I realized that not being on my iPhone during the twist and turns and bumps in the road would calm the motor dysfunction that I was experiencing. Simple solution but frustrating not to be able to be busy. I'm thankull that I can usually find a solution for each challenge that rears its ugly head.
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.