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Old 07-21-2011, 04:14   #1
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I was diagnosed with early onset stage of Alzheimer's. I was diagnosed by my neurologist. I have short term memory loss. One minute I will say something and the next minute I will forget. So, if I repeat myself please overlook it.

My neurologist is doing 3 tests. The first one was a memory test. That is when he diagnosed me. The second test is Chem 2 fasting blood test. I did that this morning. The third test is a MRI. Then I will see my doctor and he will know what medicine and how much dosage I need.

Most people consider this an "in the closet" illness. I do not believe that any disease or illness should be hidden "in the closet." It is a part of me and who I am.

I thought I would tell my friends. I know that you understand.

Ruth

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I'm sorry to see this, Ruth . . . kudos to you for confronting it head-on & not ignoring or hiding it.




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Old 07-21-2011, 11:55   #3
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Exactly. If you tried to hide it, you would not be getting support and care for it. I hope you see very little progress -- I know my Mom went many years in the early stages.

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This post shook me to the core this morning. We don't know each other but... I give you a great big hug. Take good care xx

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Sorry you have to deal with this but addressing it head on is the best thing. They have come a long way in the management of memory loss. We are going through similar issues with my mom. You have all our support.

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Thank you, I did not know how it would be received. I am glad that you are giving me support. There are 5 medications for it. Once, I am done with the tests, then my neurologist will know what medicine and what dosage to put me on. With meds now, I can stay in the early onset stage for quite a while.

Scarlet, why did it upset you?

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Fiesta,
I am sorry to hear this. We are dealing with this with my father-in-law (diagnosed at age 59.) He also did drugs and alcohol for a long time many years ago, which cause a bit of damage to the brain, so that aggravated it more for him. He is still able to live by himself right now, with our help.

Take the meds, they do seem to help a lot. We weren't sure they were but a few months ago, my father-in-law didn't take his meds for two weeks. We did notice a decline, then when we got him back on, he improved dramatically overnight. That was very surprising to us. (he takes Aricept.)

Here are some things you can do to help yourself with the frustration.
-get an iPod touch or Blackberry type device. Learn it now and use it daily. Ultilize the calendar and note features. You can set up alarms to remind you of different things. Take it with you everywhere. You can write notes to yourself. There are also apps for shopping lists and stuff like that. If you wait until you need it more later, it will be more difficult to remember how to use it. It seems that things a person does daily, are easier to maintain doing longer term. I would say to get an iPod over another because most likely the operating system will stay the same longer.

Get an automatic pill dispenser. We got this for father-in-law and it is awesome. He has not forgotten to take his meds at all. There is a great one on Amazon, I'll see if I can find the link for it. I'm going to get one for myself, too!

Do things that will challenge you mentally, like crossword puzzles. Things that make you think. There is some research that 'exercising' your brain can help to slow the progression. There are also some computer programs and apps for the iPod that will challenge the brain.

Keep yourself busy. Don't let this depress you. Keep positive and you will have a better quality of your life and be happy.

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Here is the pill dispenser. I really do like it.
http://www.amazon.com/Med---lert-Automatic-Dispenser-Single/dp/B002B51358/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1311279394&sr=1-1

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Hi Secret Agent, thank you for the advice. I will do the exercising and exercise my brain. I will try to find an automatic pill dispenser.

I am a positive thinker. I have had many challenges in my life and I do not let them get to me. I take them head on. That is the only way.

I cannot buy anything from Amazon. I live in CA. CA insists on Amazon paying taxes to CA for the products bought here. Amazon is refusing to sell anything to us. I am sure I can find a place that sells them. Maybe WalMart does. I will have to check it out.

Thank you for the tips. I can use any that are given to me.

Ruth

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Here you go! This place is out of MN and they even have a code to get free shipping right now.
Med-e-lert Automatic Pill Dispenser - Medelert

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