Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Forgetfulness and shut off the car

I talked to my mom on Monday night.
She had gone to a senior center to hook up with a bunch of other women for their monthly "Lunch Bunch" meeting. Each month they meet at the senior center building, just about a block from my mom's house and the group divides up and a group of four will ride with one person. Apparently my mom drove to the center and hopped out of her car and went into the center to see if her friend was there. Her friend was in the center along with the rest of the group so they divided up and off they went to a restaurant for lunch.
When they returned to the center the receptionist came out, when she saw my mom, and handed my mother the keys to her car. Apparently, when my mother hopped out of the car, my mom had left her car running until someone noticed it had been running for how long? I didn't find that out.
So now what?
It wasn't but 3 months ago the doctor had her tested and said there was just a teeny weeny bit of brain dementia going on but the biggest problem was her electrolytes/sodium levels were too high which can cause confusion. So can a B12 deficiency but her B12 levels were just fine. She was told to drink more water and be tested again 30 days later.
She went and had her 30 day later blood test which showed sodium levels were okay and sugar was high and she was dehydrated. I told her she needed to keep on drinking more water but she's not. The nurse also said she's pre-diabetic, because of those sugar levels, that she should lay off on the sweets. Needless to say, I went over there the other day and there were (processed, grocery store bought) cookies, rolls, muffins. I don't eat that much pastry in a year that she's eating in a week.
I think she needs another lab test and another call to the doctor, by me as I'm wondering if the dehydration is becoming more serious and causes forgetfulness and confusion also. Or if dementia is something that can get worse with bad eating habits along with her constantly saying "I'm so forgetful, I think I'm losing my mind sometimes" . Like if you were to constantly tell yourself "I'm so stupid" you become stupid-acting?  How do we help someone who is constantly forgetting everything including what we tell them?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Blood Test for Alzheimer's?

I subscribe to the Amen Clinic's E-Newsletter (has nothing to do with religion) and everything to do with brain, behavior, health.

This month's newsletter is about Alzheimer's testing, especially for those of us who may have the disease in the family. The test is "within sight and could eventually help us in our quest toward reversing the disease's onset....."
The two pictures are of a healthy brain, the smooth one and an Alzheimer's patients brain, the lumpy one. The pictures are called Spect scans.
My mom is 82 and she got *confused* a couple of months ago. They did a blood test on her and found she was dehydrated - dehydration can cause confusion. The doctor also said he tested for a B12 deficiency, which also can cause Alzheimer's behavior. Besides getting confused she continues to say things like "I can't remember right now, I think my mind is going". I try to reassure her that all of us are more forgetful these days than ever before, that years ago all you had to remember was your telephone number. Today? We must all remember social security numbers, pin numbers, license plate numbers and a host of other things I can't remember right now! lol!
Check out Amen Clinics for some great information and note there are more pictures on the site of all different kinds of brains on alcohol; brains on drugs, brains on coffee and cigarettes. All very interesting as well as informative and rather scary. How far we've come in researching the human body.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise...........whew!

Just got home from a 2 ½ hour, beginning, Tai Ji class taught by a woman who looks 40 and I’ll bet she’s almost 70. She said her father was a Tai Ji Master for over 50 years and only after he had ulcers and some other bad medical stuff happening to him at the age of 20. After a year of doing Tai Ji his ulcers had healed, his allergies were gone and his arthritis had disappeared. She said it all has to do with the range of motion we get while exercising. Unlike American exercise where you go up and down, side to side or forward or backward, this has to do with twisting and turning your body and a total range of motion moving your joints. She said because Tai Ji makes us use both sides of our brain, Alzheimer's isn't in the cards for people who do Tai Ji daily. As is Osteoporosis non-existent with Tai Ji. Makes sense to me. Sure feels like its working – already – only after 2 lessons. The lessons are only once a week but we’re to do 20 minutes a day. And, she said, we can do 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night, we can do the 20 minutes whenever we want. Wow! I thought after she said that tonight. So not like American doctors telling us we need 30 minutes of exercise every other day and “get that heart rate up” yada yada yada. I like the idea of 20 minutes a day and being able to break it up into 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there.I think I’m going to like this new, painless, form of exercise! Oh, and her father has since died, after being a Tai Ji Master for over 50 years and she says “he’s teaching Tai Ji to God now.”I’ll bet he is. And I hope he keeps it up – at least until I’ve reached…………that level!

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