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Marti Talbott

Thank you for helping me with Amazon questions.
« on: August 14, 2019, 01:23:45 PM »
I know I haven't quite been "with it" lately, and I want to thank all of you for being kind and understanding when I ask stupid questions. I think I am at the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. My Mom and my Grandmother had it so I'm expecting it. The only thing I am upset about is that my body might outlive my mind. Ugh. We all know what that means.

Anyway, you can just ignore me. Rest assured I won't mind or remember, lol. You should try writing a book when you can't remember the names of the characters. Talk about needing a cheat-sheet. My grandmother loved crossword puzzles, but had to cheat and look up the answer in the back of the book every time. It always made me smile.

I'm going to keep writing until they tell me to give it up. Then I'm going to play video games! Yeah, I can't wait.
 

Maggie Ann

Re: Thank you for helping me with Amazon questions.
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 11:16:18 PM »
We all have memory lapses as we age. Just not enough brain space for all the wisdom we've acquired over the years. Get yourself tested. Don't just assume.
           
 
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Eclectic Dan

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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2019, 01:51:41 AM »
I changed a character's name halfway through a book once and that was when I was young enough for my brain to have not yet turned to mush.

Also, there has been some progress on the Alzheimer's front.  No cures, yet, but I think they've found something like three different types which would mean different treatment plans for each.  And there's stuff that has been found helpful in slowing progression.  I think eating nuts is supposed to be good as well as keeping your mind active.  Walking too.  I think there was something about walking.
     
 
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cecilia_writer

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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2019, 02:04:00 AM »
We all have memory lapses as we age. Just not enough brain space for all the wisdom we've acquired over the years. Get yourself tested. Don't just assume.

I agree - it could easily just be mental overload. I said to my son just recently that I would be reasonably sure I didn't (yet) have Alzheimers while I could still plot a novel without getting tied in knots. Names are a different matter - I had the infamous 'dog with 3 names' episode a few novels ago.
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Marti Talbott

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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2019, 02:10:42 AM »
I changed a character's name halfway through a book once and that was when I was young enough for my brain to have not yet turned to mush.

Also, there has been some progress on the Alzheimer's front.  No cures, yet, but I think they've found something like three different types which would mean different treatment plans for each.  And there's stuff that has been found helpful in slowing progression.  I think eating nuts is supposed to be good as well as keeping your mind active.  Walking too.  I think there was something about walking.

I play games in the mornings to help keep my mind exercised - picture puzzles, Fitz, and the hardest solitaire game on windows 10. Arthritis makes walking a challenge and I fall easily. I know they are working on developments, but at this point (age) 74, do I want to spend my money on doctor bills for that problem? It's expensive enough when we get old just to manage pain. Decisions, decisions.
 

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Re: Thank you for helping me with Amazon questions.
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2019, 02:27:59 AM »
I changed a character's name halfway through a book once and that was when I was young enough for my brain to have not yet turned to mush.

Also, there has been some progress on the Alzheimer's front.  No cures, yet, but I think they've found something like three different types which would mean different treatment plans for each.  And there's stuff that has been found helpful in slowing progression.  I think eating nuts is supposed to be good as well as keeping your mind active.  Walking too.  I think there was something about walking.

I play games in the mornings to help keep my mind exercised - picture puzzles, Fitz, and the hardest solitaire game on windows 10. Arthritis makes walking a challenge and I fall easily. I know they are working on developments, but at this point (age) 74, do I want to spend my money on doctor bills for that problem? It's expensive enough when we get old just to manage pain. Decisions, decisions.
Yes, it's easy to run up a pretty big bill--but it might be worth it. Not only are there different types of Alzheimer's, but there are other potential causes of memory loss, some of which are easily treatable.

I thought my dad was in the early stage of Alzheimer's, but he turned out not to be. The problem in his case was that he had lung issues and wasn't getting enough oxygen. With proper supplemental oxygen, what I thought were Alzheimer's symptoms disappeared within a week.

Even things as simple as stress or irregular sleep patterns can contribute to memory loss. Because stress can be a contributing factor, worrying too much about having Alzheimer's can actually make it seem more like you do. (Self-fulfilling prophecy.) One of my friends was in a highly stressful situation and appeared to be in the first stages of some kind of dementia. When the stress was reduced, the symptoms vanished.

I think the diagnosis of Alzheimer's is still a diagnosis of exclusion. Since the only way to be sure is to dissect your brain, doctors have to rule out other things it could be through testing. However, sometimes people get lucky, and the cause is discovered without having to go through a huge number of tests.


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Eclectic Dan

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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2019, 02:32:09 AM »
I'm just hoping to live long enough to reach the point where they will have either developed nanobots that will spread throughout our bodies fixing things, or developed treatments to reverse aging or developed a way for us to download our consciousness into a computer or possibly an android body.
     
 

Marti Talbott

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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2019, 03:20:44 AM »
I'm just hoping to live long enough to reach the point where they will have either developed nanobots that will spread throughout our bodies fixing things, or developed treatments to reverse aging or developed a way for us to download our consciousness into a computer or possibly an android body.

I like the way you think!  :goodpost:
 
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VanessaC

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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2019, 07:18:57 PM »
Sorry you're going through this. As others have said, might be worth getting tested to know for sure.

And, yeah, nanobots sound awesome!
     

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notthatamanda

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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2019, 08:47:50 PM »
Marti I'm also sorry you are going through this.  I don't want to pile on but I would at least mention it to your doctor the next time you go.  You can ask them the costs before you submit to the tests.  There are also foundations that pay for medication (for chemo for example) if people can't afford it.  I can't say for sure that there is any for Alzheimer's medication, or testing, but there might be.

I do puzzles too.  I was having some memory problems (figured out it's probably hormonal) and started doing them.  Now I'm hooked.  Savers has a great selection of puzzles and fantastic prices, if there is a Savers near you.  Also I eat brazil nuts.  They are supposed to help.  I kind of doubt it, but they are delicious.

I saw something that was supposed to help speed up cell renewal, made a mental not to look it up later and promptly forgot what it was.  Remembered a couple of months later.  Fasting.  It had to be fasting.  Couldn't be wine or chocolate could it?  Anyway, I did some minor research and all I found was one study on mice and a whole lot of click bait.  So I'm holding out hope for the wine and chocolate.

Take care,
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Marti Talbott

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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2019, 12:11:58 AM »
This is where I do picture puzzles and it's free. https://www.jigsawplanet.com/
 
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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2019, 02:47:55 AM »
This is where I do picture puzzles and it's free. https://www.jigsawplanet.com/

Ooh, thank you! I love me an online jigsaw but I didn't know about this site. :tup3b

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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2019, 04:23:09 AM »
I have the same expectations for my old age. I got tested and was told I was fine, but I know my memory isnít what it was. The doctors donít know much and can do even less for real-deal dementia. So I write stuff down, which helps for now. Eventually, it wonít. Attempting to understand Facebook ads is probably building neurons; all the pivoting we do to try to sell our books probably helps, too. Thereís almost nothing rote in being an indie.
 
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thekathyc

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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2019, 05:28:17 AM »
One of my sisters has late stage Alzheimer's. It's too late for her, but there are medications to slow down the advancement of the disease. It's very important to be tested so it can be caught early enough for the medication to work. She inherited the disease and dementia from her father (we are half-sisters).

I've been fuzzy brained for awhile thanks to medication. My cardiologist recently changed one, and BAM, my brain woke up. I'm only now aware of how sluggish it had been.

Good luck to you, Marti! I hope you reach a BAM moment, too!
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Marti Talbott

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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2019, 05:34:26 AM »
One of my sisters has late stage Alzheimer's. It's too late for her, but there are medications to slow down the advancement of the disease. It's very important to be tested so it can be caught early enough for the medication to work. She inherited the disease and dementia from her father (we are half-sisters).

I've been fuzzy brained for awhile thanks to medication. My cardiologist recently changed one, and BAM, my brain woke up. I'm only now aware of how sluggish it had been.

Good luck to you, Marti! I hope you reach a BAM moment, too!

I'm on heart medication too. Do you remember the name of the drug your doctor took you off of? I'm on five at night and two in the morning.
 

thekathyc

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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2019, 05:36:00 AM »
Marti:

He switched me from Atorvastatin to Crestor. I think it's a slightly different type of statin drug and doesn't cross the brain barrier in the same way.

Hope this helps!
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LilyBLily

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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2019, 06:08:44 AM »
AFAIK docs canít be bothered with meds for prophylactic purposes. They wait until itís too late and prescribe things to slow it down. Which sometimes work and sometimes donít. Am I unhappy about this? Yes. They also wait until patients are brought in by concerned relatives when it really is too late.
 

Marti Talbott

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« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2019, 06:16:42 AM »
AFAIK docs canít be bothered with meds for prophylactic purposes. They wait until itís too late and prescribe things to slow it down. Which sometimes work and sometimes donít. Am I unhappy about this? Yes. They also wait until patients are brought in by concerned relatives when it really is too late.

I agree, I went through this with my mom and grandmother. It's not fun. My daughter is a caregiver in a nursing home, so she's keeping track of my progress. One of her patients is only 45. They're working on help for us, they say. Probably can't ever reverse it, but they might be able to prevent it.

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« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2019, 06:46:54 AM »
Marti, I'm sorry to hear you suspect Alzheimer's.  I hope it's not the case, but if it is, then I hope you find a successful way to treat it or slow it.  I wish you all the best.   :hug:
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notthatamanda

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« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2019, 11:56:51 AM »
One of my sisters has late stage Alzheimer's. It's too late for her, but there are medications to slow down the advancement of the disease. It's very important to be tested so it can be caught early enough for the medication to work. She inherited the disease and dementia from her father (we are half-sisters).

I've been fuzzy brained for awhile thanks to medication. My cardiologist recently changed one, and BAM, my brain woke up. I'm only now aware of how sluggish it had been.

Good luck to you, Marti! I hope you reach a BAM moment, too!


I'm on heart medication too. Do you remember the name of the drug your doctor took you off of? I'm on five at night and two in the morning.

I don't know the name of the drug but last year my FIL increased the cholesterol med he was taking and things got bad in a hurry.  As soon as they straightened the medication out his brain function improved dramatically.  Good luck Marti, I hope you find an easy answer soon.
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Eclectic Dan

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Marti Talbott

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« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2019, 03:20:55 AM »
Just saw this today:

"Meditation can help prevent Alzheimerís disease: study"

Wow, very helpful. I don't know anything about that, but I'll look into it. Thanks, Dan!
 

Eclectic Dan

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« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2019, 04:50:31 AM »
Just saw this today:

"Meditation can help prevent Alzheimerís disease: study"

Wow, very helpful. I don't know anything about that, but I'll look into it. Thanks, Dan!

Also read the source study they link to which is a bit less optimistic than the Post's headline but still shows some promise in, if nothing else, slowing down progress of Alzheimer's.
     
 
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Vijaya

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« Reply #23 on: August 20, 2019, 05:29:44 AM »
Marti, I'm sorry about the memory problems but don't be too quick to suspect Alzheimer's. There are so many factors and lots of times it's something as simple as removing some stress or getting enough good sleep. My husband's health has improved dramatically after he got a CPAP machine (it's a positive pressure machine to correct sleep apnea). For years he was sleep deprived and I finally nagged him enough to go through the hoops to get the machine and it's been so worth it. Even if he goes on an overnight trip, he packs it.

My memory isn't like it used to be either, so I understand that worry, but our creative pursuits should keep our brains active and sharp. Take care, Marti. I'll be praying for us all. Interestingly, our pastor was telling us how when he's visiting the elderly who've lost all their memories, they still remember how to say Hail Mary...

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