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Ttom
Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:49 AM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 182


Hey, welcome!  This is my first post on the new site and it seems to be working well. Hope to see ya all join in shortly.

Tom


Anishka
Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 7:13 PM
Joined: 12/1/2011
Posts: 1


hi guys

how are you all holding up?

 


Ttom
Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 8:09 PM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 182


Anishka wrote:

hi guys

how are you all holding up?

 


Hello Anishka and welcome. I'm just fine, how about you? Do you have AD?

 

 

 

My disclaimer:
I'm not a professional in this area, only a person with AD that cares about others and can express myself yet. Diagnosed at age 58 in Stage 5, now appear firmly in Stage 4 for now- wonderful meds! I 'm 62 now..
Please read my bio that can be found by going to the "Volunteers" block in the blue letter section at the top of the page.

We encourage you to call the Alzheimer's Association's 24/7 Helpline1-800-272-3900 .

Ask for a Care Consultant who will be available
 

LATER... Tom

 


RJ
Posted: Saturday, December 10, 2011 5:47 PM
Joined: 12/10/2011
Posts: 2


I'm 47 years old man and have been having trouble.  I'm a professional in a high stress job working about 55 to 65 hours a week.  I don't get enough sleep, but none of this is new. I've been living this way for years.  What has changed is that for the past nine months or so I'm finding that my mind is so foggy. I'm having a hard time understanding complicated issues, remember dates and figures.  Although I was never great at math in my head, it seems that now I can't hardly do it at all.  When someone stops me in conversation and a minute later says go ahead, I can't remember where I was.From time to time I can't remember simple stuff that comes easy to everyone else. Last night one of my friends starting talking about her last house from two years ago. I couldn't remember it. I could remember the one from several years ago, but not the recent one. Everyone else obviously could. I even had about a 30 second period the other day when I could not remember who the president of the United States was. That was scary.  Don't know why I seem to be able to retain memories and things from long ago, but more recent stuff is so hard.  These kinda things are happening with greater frequency.  I'm getting depressed as I'm realizing what just might be my future and the future of those I love.  I don't want to talk about this with anyone because I don't want them to go through the pain I'm going through any sooner than they have to. I'm afraid they'll leave me.  I just don't know how long I can fake it.  I feel so lonely and scared. I'm afraid to go to the doctor for a diagnosis cause I don't know what it will do to my medical record and chances for future insurance etc. Currently I only have major medical which means I have to pay everything myself till I spend $3,500 and times have been tight lately.  I don't know what to do.
Ttom
Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 10:10 AM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 182


Hi RJ, my name is Tom and I replied to you on you other post already. Over there I asked if you had been diagnosed with dementia yet. Stress and lack of sleep are dfinately our enemies!

 

Now that I have read this post I see that you have not seen a doctor about this condition yet. Why not?!?!  I will copy and paste a quote from a past Peer Volunteer name Allan.

[QUOTE]

Alright, my take on "Why get diagnosed formally?"
#1 You already think you have Alzheimer's, right? But you can't be sure without testing. You know how to handle fear? You look it in the face. Hearing a bad diagnosis is no fun, but we're soon feeling better for knowing the truth.

#2 I personally know people with AD, who are doing better now than two or three years ago. That's because they got diagnosed early, and went for aggressive treatment of their disease.

There's no guarantee of getting better, of course. I got a little better after starting Namenda, but mostly my meds and lifestyle are slowing down AD's progress.

#3 It could be something treatable, even curable. Find out!

#4 How to get the courage? I think this is one of those times, when you won't feel brave until after you've done it. If you'd like a poem, it's "Fake it till you make it."



Alan

 

 

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My disclaimer:
I'm not a professional in this area, only a person with AD that cares about others and can express myself yet. Diagnosed at age 58 in Stage 5, now appear firmly in Stage 4 for now- wonderful meds! I 'm 62 now..

We encourage you to call the Alzheimer's Association's 24/7 Helpline

1-800-272-3900 . Ask for a Care Consultant who will be available

 


LATER...

 


Johanna C.
Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 3:01 PM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 10155


Thanks for the welcome Tom - I somehow managed to land on the boards, but am now limping along - the welcome is well; welcome!

 

Johanna C.