Character: MC's father, in his fifties, head of a dirigible company, has a lot of money
Research: Googling dementia, delirium, recurring delirium, Wikipedia-ing dementia, delirium, schizophrenia (and related links), syphilis, malaria, Parkinson's, Lyme disease,
Hi guys, I'm looking for an illness to order.
My main character's father has been suffering on and off (about 5 years) from a deteriorating illness that leaves him unable to care for himself, much less run his business. There are times (a few) when he can get up and around, and actually do business, but for the most part he's stuck at home, cared for by the discreet family physician. Sometimes, he can't even recognize his own daughter or remember who he is.
That's the gist of it, and specific details are subject to change.(Like him having lucid periods). For various reasons, the family's been keeping the news under wraps, because they cannot afford for the news to leak. (For one, the eldest daughter is engaged, and the fiance's family might pull back from the agreement) And for a happy ending, I would definitely prefer that the illness (or disorder) is treatable or at least manageable, if you get the right doctor to look at it.. (And if that requires the invention of penicillin in 1886, I can do that.)
He has also traveled extensively in India, the Middle East, and the Far East, so he could have picked it up abroad.