Monday, February 24, 2014

Failure to Thrive

Failure to thrive. This is a condition found mostly in babies or young children where their parents or whoever do not take care of them properly.

Be it underfed, under loved, etc. I think about this term often, and it could be used in reference to dementia patients as well.

Not that the caregiver or family member isn't taking care of them, but patients indeed do have a failure to thrive on their own.

Not brought on by themselves by something they are doing, but brought on by this disease called dementia.

I won't eat unless I am reminded. My mind no longer alerts me like it does other people that I am hungry. This alone is a failure to thrive issue brought on by this disease.

Not wanting to be around a lot of people. Holidays for example, or just even going out to eat in a restaurant. Keeping my interactions with strangers even family members at a limit.

Again, failure to thrive. You have to have interaction with other human beings if for nothing else keep your sanity. This is why you will hear prisoners who are on death row say "the worst thing about death row is not knowing you are going to be put to death, it's the solitary that they keep you in."

On death row, you never see anyone, or anything. No TV, no newspapers, no interaction with another human being accept the guards. Failure to thrive.

When patients allow themselves to be recluse, not go out in public because of the stress it puts on them, they are in some cases doing themselves more harm than good.

You have to thrive in this world to survive. And that includes but is not limited to human interaction. When that is taken away by this disease, it leads to so many issues.

Dementia alone can cause one to not want to function in any compacity. You simply don't have the cognitive ability to do what is right for yourself.

One of them being a failure to thrive indeed brought on by dementia....I have never heard of anyone speak of this. I really think it's never been associated with dementia.

But it is. Just one more thing we patients deal with that simply cannot be "fixed"...