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SaraTG
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   Posted 9/13/2005 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
  Hello..I usually post on the Cardio board on here as I had a rather serious heart attack early last year but recently have been experiencing some odd problems mentally which I wanted to run by anyone here familiar with AD...I have always had a very sharp mind which makes these thing all the more worrisome to me..(I drive a small delivery truck and deliver truck parts by the way) Just as an example all the following things happened just today alone: 1)I had a delivery to make to ashop named Coastal Crane and even though I looked at the invoice and read that I headed to a place named United Crane...2)I was suppose to take a hubcab and 4 lights to a Penske shop and actually told the guy there that`s what I was brining him but went back to my truck and got 2 pressure valves and left them there (I had to turn around and go back later)..3)A customer called on the phone and was asking about a jack and I looked right at the sign on the one in front of me which clearly said it was "12 tons" and even while looking right at it I told him I had a "22 ton" jack in stock...4)I did 2 other things like that today which bothered me but now I can`t even remember what they were...5)When I got home I was getting a soda and went and got a glass out of the cabinet then got a soda from the fridge. I wanted some ice but for some reason I picked up the glass and turned and opened the cabinet with the glasses in it again instead of the freezer..Oi
   My mother was diagnosed with AD about 2 years ago and is on medication for it..She`s 83..I`m 48...When I had my heart attack last year my heart was stopped for a few minutes and I stopped breathing but I didn`t notice a lot of mental impairment right after that..Any input would be appreciated :-)

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 9/13/2005 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
If you feel the need get am appointment with a Neurologist & be tested.You are not too young to get AD.
SnowyLynne


Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/14/2005 2:19 AM (GMT -7)   
HI there .........If you are that worried I would get yourself checked as Snowy has stated.......Myself I do things like you are doing on a day to dat basis but I think with me its brain overload ..........take care and let us know .......God Bless .......Lyn
 
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effie
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   Posted 9/14/2005 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Sara,

My sister recently had a heart attack, in August of 2004. She had to take a year off of work and was paid a disability salary.
At first she did not experience any symptoms of depression. She did have pain around the area where they did a bypass (triple), When she was first released from the hospital she was quite fearful, almost terrified, of going out in the car. Her doctors had told her that if the air bag was activated for some reason that her heart would not be able to take the stress of that sudden, heavy pressure on her incision site. She experienced swelling, in the shape of a banana at the incision site.
So her initial response to the heart attack was fear of all the possible things that could go wrong after the surgery.

Prior to her heart attack she led a very full life as a professional with an active social life, a happy marriage, and was in excellent physical health and worked out regularly. It was a rare day when she would even need to take a Tylenol.

Then she started thinking about how close she could have come to death, and started trying to change her lifestyle and how she managed everyday stress and the stress of her job. Suddenly she became overcome with depression. The more depressed she got the more she experienced confusion, mood swings and short term memory problems. Apparently some of this was also related to her body adjusting to all the meds she now had to take. Now she seems to have the depression under control and her memory has improved and so has her mood.

Having an unpredicted fright to your health, along with the major changes that you have to make in your life are surely stressful.

I do not think it work hurt to have a check up with a neurologist to ease your mind and reduce your stress.

I recently had two different MRI’s which showed some changes in my brain, I do not understand these results yet. The first radiologist said it was possible that I had MS. After spending a few minutes with the neurologist he requested that I have a second MRI so we could compare the two sets of results. He told me he was much more concerned about what appeared to him to be a reactive depression, rather than MS.

The neurologist strongly felt that I required therapy to deal with the fact that I had suddenly been hit with a chronic illness which is life altering. I now have so many limitations as to what I can do, and on top of that the pain is often excruciating.

Bottom line is it would never hurt to get things checked out that you are worried about, but let's pray that it is just a temporary thing that will go away with time and as you make all the adjustments that you are dealing with. Keep us posted.
God Bless,
Judy/Effie
:-) :-)

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/15/2005 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
.....Sara .......Just wondering how you are doing ...........God Bless .....Lyn
 
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Jo A223
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   Posted 9/19/2005 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Sara TG, I also think that stress and being in our age category, (45+)with all of the things going on with that.........aging parents, kids, etc.......may be your problem!!!my brain is all over the place with life's stresses!!!!I'm by no means an expert on Alzheimer's but I think others around you would be noticing other symptoms from you....still, get checked out by a doc....(even though from what I understand, they can't definitely prove the person had it, until after an autopsy.....sorry , but that's what I've heard).....hang in there!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/20/2005 3:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Jo..............That is not true at all hun,Alzheimer's is able to be detected thru numerous tests and getting to a neurologist is the best thing to do .............Thanks for you post and hope to see you againn soon .......God Bless Lyn........BTW.......I was not trying to sound rude at all I just thought I would let you know that Alzheimer's Research has come along way and they are numerous ways to detect it ........Lyn
 
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Post Edited (LKE aka Lyn Kyle Emerick) : 9/21/2005 2:53:04 PM (GMT-6)


SaraTG
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   Posted 9/20/2005 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello..Thanks for asking..I am fine..I`m not sure if my heart attack etc are to blame..I`m actually less stressed now than I was before it..Being dead really mellowed me out in life tongue ...Plus that was 18 months ago and I just started noticing these things within the past 2 months of so...As far as other people noticing maybe several times a day people will catch me saying the wrong thing and say "Huh?"..Like today I went to deliver some belts to someone and told the guy at the office I had his hoses..He just said, "Hoses??"..I right away corrected myself..Most of the bigger mistakes no one catches as I go out on my delivery runs alone and can back track and correct any places I`ve missed or parts I forgot..I seem to be making more spelling errors also when I type but usually catch them before clicking "Send"...I go and see my doctor on Nov 1st and will ask about it...My mom who lives with us has AD and is on medication but even still she does and says some really wild things..Best wishes to everyone

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/21/2005 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
.....Sara .....When you did that delivery did you happen to have anything to do with "hoses" on your mind?? ........Like maybe watering plants or something akin to that ....I am asking you this as I will sometimes do the exact thing ......lol........Am glad you are going to the Doc's to get checked out ............In my opinion and from what I saw with my AD patient's they too would be on meds but did still do things/say things that were pretty out there ...........Please keep us posted on how it goes at the doc's office .....Take care and God Bless.........Lyn
 
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Jo A223
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   Posted 9/25/2005 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Lyn, thanks for pointing out my error, and no offense at all for being corrected!I want to be informed, not bury my head in the sand.haha..............My boyfriend's mother has Alzheimer's, but he and his family would much rather live in denial......turn a deaf ear to my suggestions.I spend time trying to research, and I could have sworn I saw that it has to be diagnosed only after an autopsy.(but I also stopped researching when I saw that my knowledge wasn't wanted)"mom's just slipping a bit" is the main take they have.But aging parents are tough, no matter what the problems are...AD is just especially heart wrenching...my prayers are with you all..........

bevhea
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   Posted 9/28/2005 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
It's not out yet, but there is a new test coming, which is supposed to catch alzhiemer's in early stages. It is an eye exam and uses one peice of equipment to do a quick check and then another if the first is positive. The newsfeed did not say when it is expected to be approved for use. Human tests are being done with the first test; the other tool is still being tested on animals and will have to go through human testing too.

As to your problem. I was sick years ago and didn't know it. I went to the doctor when I insisted that Columbus discovered America in 1942 and was angry at my son for trying to tell me it was 1492. Soon after I couldn't count change. When I went back to work a year later, I practiced counting on the drive to work--I couldn't make it past 68. Once when I went to work on a cloudy day, I started to get out of the car and thought it looked dark--so it must be night. I got back in, drove home, and started supper.

I eventually got back to performing at as a high level as before, by concentrating diligently and keeping my surrounding quiet. I worked 20 more years, til 62 and have only minor memory problems now, but fear Alzhiemers--my mother and grandmother both had it.

Many other things can cause what you described. My thought is that you should see the doctor ASAP. The odds are that I would have recovered completely, if I had earlier treatment.

bev

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/28/2005 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Bev ............sorry for all you went thru but am sure glad you shared this with us all .........May God Keep You Safe ............Lyn
 
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