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chrisnsteph1022
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Date Joined Apr 2003
Total Posts : 973
   Posted 12/19/2003 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Some of you may remember me coming on here and asking a few questions about my grandfather who was dx with Alzheimer's a few months ago. Well, he passed away last week. He fell and broke his hip and had a partial hip replacement 2 months ago. He had a hard time coming out of the anesthesia, developed pneumonia, then got a staph infection. Just when we thought he was getting well enough to come home (they already had the hospital bed in the house), he died. Thanks for the support I got here and I hope they find a cure soon. He's in a better place now.

Stephanie
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Forget-me-not
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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 12/21/2003 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Stephanie: I read your post today, and wanted to tell you how sorry I was to hear about your Grandfather's passing.

My Mom fell and broke her hip in April of 2002. My sister and her had arrived at my home for Easter dinner. Mom got out of the car and leaned against it, and in the split second that no one was looking she fell on the hard pavement of the driveway. She lost consciousness for about 5 minutes, and I ran in the house to call an ambulance. She is 94, and has alzheimers.

Mom had surgery and a pin put in her hip, and she has never walked again since then. We were all worried she would get pnemonia, but she didn't.

My sister and I have been through a lot with Mom, watching her mind deteriorate. Alzheimer's is a terrible disease. Any way, I just wanted to share my story with you, and want you to know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers today.

Sincerely, Lorna (Forget-me-not)
P.S. I chose the screen name Forget-me-not, because it is the flower symbol for the Alzheimers Society here. It is sad and ironic because my Mom has forgotten me.

kraizywoman
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Date Joined Nov 2003
Total Posts : 42
   Posted 12/27/2003 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone

just lending a little unsolicited experience. I am a CNA in a skilled nursing facility (the politically correct name for nursing home) and most of my patients are Alzheimers sufferers along with other forms of brain syndromes and organic disorders like dementia. Please accept my condolonces on your loss Stephanie, and yours too forget-me-not, for yours is a loss too. This disease is much harder on the family than it is on the sufferer, believe me. It never ceases to amaze me how little is known about this. Then again, it never ceases to amaze me how many dollars go toward studying how the Amazonian Green Frog mates. I would think that money (in the millions) would be put to good use, like more studies on the brain and its functions, or more importantly, its DYSFUNCTIONS. Maybe it could shed some light on Alzheimers, Dementia and even why some people turn into sociopathic killers. Anyway, Bless You All

sandi
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