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Old September 25th, 2012, 02:48 PM   #21
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That's hardcore rye, I can't imagine watching my dad go through that.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #22
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I can't even think about this happening to one of my parents without getting emotional.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 03:29 PM   #23
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That's hardcore rye, I can't imagine watching my dad go through that.
As shitty as it (and other things are in life) - you just have to keep marching on.

It's far worse for my Mom.

I just keep telling myself that for every shitty thing that comes my way, there are literally countless people on this planet - even in this State that have things way worse off than me.

Most days it works.

The days it doesn't, I get a burr up my ass and post a rant about something nonsensical like being pissed off at the DNR for doing road patrols
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Old September 25th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #24
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i didnt know that you can die from Alzheimers. i feel horrible for everyone who has to deal with it. In highschool i used to volunteer at the old folks home in the dementia ward, it was sad to say the least
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Old September 25th, 2012, 03:49 PM   #25
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This thread makes me want to give my mom, dad, grandma's and grandpa a hug.

One of my grandmas died last year from Lou gherigs (sp?). That was a crappy way to go watching her nervous system shut down starting at the bottom of her feet and eventually having her suffocate as her lungs quit working. I don't even want to know if that is hereditary, that is why I have never looked it up. My other grandma is losing her mind and can't remember people. Sucks getting old...
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Old September 25th, 2012, 03:57 PM   #26
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I'm fortunate that most people in my family seem to stay relatively sharp mentally and their bodies give out.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 04:01 PM   #27
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I'm fortunate that most people in my family seem to stay relatively sharp mentally and their bodies give out.
this is how my family is. my gpa is 77 or 78 and he is in indiana right now yelling at his employee's lol.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 04:23 PM   #28
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this is how my family is. my gpa is 77 or 78 and he is in indiana right now yelling at his employee's lol.
I have an 80 year old uncle that still works every day designing cranes, and a 94 year old uncle that still lives by himself in his own house.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 04:30 PM   #29
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I have an 80 year old uncle that still works every day designing cranes, and a 94 year old uncle that still lives by himself in his own house.
sounds like my grandpa and his brothers. they don't make men like them anymore.
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It sucks.

My Dad was diagnosed with the "rigidity" form of Parkinson's in his mid 40s. The meds he was on, were in large part to "supercharge" the neurons and allow him some movement. For a while this worked great, even if he looked like he was flailing around - he at least could move and putter.

7 years ago, he fell and broke his nose. He aspirated a blood clot after having surgery to fix it. Nearly died, has never been the same.

Now, he's in a state where the combined effects of 20+ years of parkinson's plus numerous trauma's from falls have left him wheel chair bound, unable to even feed himself. We, his close family get a few brief glimmers on a good day, where we can spark a smile talking about his old GTO, or a smirk about bumping uglies making one of us 4 kids.

For those that don't know, the final stages of Parkinson's typically includes degradation into dementia. He turned 66 in August. Physically his cardio/vascular system runs like a top. He could linger, gradually circling the drain in this condition for decades

As the oldest, and only Son still living in Michigan, it sucks, sucks, sucks. And it sucks, sucks, sucks watching your Mom deal with that - and her dedication going to visit him literally almost every day for a couple of hours per day and being his advocate is as sad, as it is an inspiration for what true love and commitment looks like.
I had a patient a few months ago that is a well published author on Parkensens. We were originally dispatched medical on a possible DUI. The guy couldn't talk, and he was trying to write, but he shook so hard we couldn't make it out. I jumped in the rig, took out our MCT, opened notepad, and started asking questions. Once he started typing, it was amazing. His mind was as sharp as a tack, he just couldn't express it. Look up the book, "Whats Shakin"
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Old September 25th, 2012, 05:11 PM   #31
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I had a patient a few months ago that is a well published author on Parkensens. We were originally dispatched medical on a possible DUI. The guy couldn't talk, and he was trying to write, but he shook so hard we couldn't make it out. I jumped in the rig, took out our MCT, opened notepad, and started asking questions. Once he started typing, it was amazing. His mind was as sharp as a tack, he just couldn't express it. Look up the book, "Whats Shakin"
My father is well past that point, and has been for years. While there are times that you can see he is frustrated that he can't get the words out that he wants to - he largely is mired deep in the effects of dementia and hasn't known what decade it is for a long time.

When asking his neurologist as to the causation of his current state (final stage parkinson's - or hypoxic event from his blood clot event, his response is, "does it matter? we treat for how he is currently..." which I respect.

he's been on excelon and numenda for a very long time in an attempt to slow the progress. there's just not much left
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The one year anniversary of my mother's death was yesterday. I do not miss watching her decay the last 10 months of her life. The dementia started becoming bad about 6 months before her death. Near the end she was talking about things or animals that were not present. Fortunatly, four days before her death, she had an extendended moment of lucidity when I cam for a visit. I had a wonderful conversation with her and she thanked me for all that I've done for her. Seen her two days later and she was all hunched over looking very, very frail. She was glad to see me but she kept drifting in and out of sleep while I sat there. The next day she passed. I am sad now.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 06:10 PM   #33
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What could have given your mother lucidity 4 days before her passing to say goodbye?
The same god who made her miserable for the prior 10 months? get your religion out of this thread.
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The same god who made her miserable for the prior 10 months? get your religion out of this thread.
i think this is the only post i have ever liked from you.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #35
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It is an odd physical phenomenon though that someone could have no short term memory for 10 months then suddenly be aware of everything for 2 days. Difficult to explain. But Alzheimers is not well understood and therefore difficult to develop medicine for.

I'm a scientist because like to ask questions rather than just accept what everyone tells me.
LOL

Coming from a guy who believes in what the bible says thats just fucking rich.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 06:24 PM   #36
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My wife takes care of Altzheimer's victims, I have no idea how she can deal with that. She's been doing this for 15 years, making there last year or so comfortable. I have heard many 'question of the day' stories from her....
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Old September 25th, 2012, 06:30 PM   #37
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It is an odd physical phenomenon though that someone could have no short term memory for 10 months then suddenly be aware of everything for 2 days. Difficult to explain. But Alzheimers is not well understood and therefore difficult to develop medicine for.
You don't know how dementia acts on a person. She could communicate but most of the time the things she said were silly or she would talk about things that didn't happen. She was aways able to recognize me and carry somewhat of a conversation, I just had to filter out the dumb stuff. Regarding her lucidity, a person's brain is pretty much a continuous chemical reaction consuming oxygen and sugars. Other factors become involved with dementia that change the reaction process. During the decay processes, the chemical reactions (reactants) may be altered by drugs or food intake which will produce variations in the depth of demential a person experiences. I happened to visit her when the factors of dementia and her brain's chemical composition were favorable to cognizant thought and memory retrieval. I was glad for that.

Or an invisable man who lives in the clouds gave her magic healing coffee (or maybe a "heal ray" from the sky), I don't care. I relished that time with my mother regardless of the cause.

One last think, why haven't you posted a rebutte in the other thread when you challenged me to find scripture about God wanting you to kill fags?
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Coming from a guy who believes in what the bible says thats just fucking rich.
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Hey, I didn't bring God into this. I am a biochemist with a 17 year career in pharmaceutical research and development, specifically looking at disorders in lipid and carbohydrate metabolism.
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Hey, I didn't bring God into this. I am a biochemist with a 17 year career in pharmaceutical research and development, specifically looking at disorders in lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. You guys are awefully defensive. What are your credentials Dr. Nuggets?
you dedicated your lives work to fatties, good job.
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