Alzheirmer's isn't just about memory loss

There has been a message going out in the national news today about Alzheimer's. The message is to watch out for signs of the symptoms as early diagnosis can lead to medication to slow down the progression of this hideous condition.

The main thing they tell you to look out for is loss of memory.

About 8 years ago, my family started to notice odd things about my Father - but it wasn't a loss of memory. Many elderly people suffer from memory loss, it goes with the territory... Alzheimer's is more complicated than that...

The behaviour my Father was displaying was loss of logic:
- He threw out my Christmas decorations that I had left in bin liners in my living room (I was about to decorate my house) instead of putting the bins out as I'd requested when I was away one night.
- He left my mum and my two young daughters stranded one evening when he'd misunderstood the instructions he'd been given to pick them up
- He nearly ruined his car engine when he tried to put brake fluid in the oil compartment until (by some miracle) an off-duty RAC man spotted what he was trying to do
- He offered to mend a crystal rabbit belonging to one of my daughters when its head fell off and when he proudly handed it back, it was unrecognisable - all you could see was Super Glue.

But his memory didn't seem particularly bad.

My Father is now in a home in a terrible state and we'll never know whether not recognising all those 'annoying mistakes' in those early days could have made a difference to his world today.

Don't ever think that Alzheimer's is just memory loss - and don't worry that you suffer memory loss from time to time - That's not the biggest symptom of Alzheimer's. My Father hasn't forgotten who I am, he's just lost the sense of what a daughter is.

When a nurse recently asked him who I was he said "I don't know who she is but I know I love her".

That was enough for me.

Tracey

Akhtar (make it happen) Khan

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Alzheirmer's isn't just about memory loss

Thank you, Tracey, for a very educational blog. I believe we must all record our personal experiences to educate one another as it may help someone we love. My father was in the mid80s when one day he complained of uneasiness due to heartburn. He took Eno, but it didn't help. When I came home he was perfectly ok otherwise, but complained of uneasiness in the chest which he attributed to upset stomach. We tried calling doctors we knew, but being a weekend afternoon, nobody was available. We asked him to lie down and try to get a nap, and we would take him to the hospital in the evening. When he lay down, he found it more uncomfortable, se we decided to take him to emergency unit. We asked him whether he could walk, and he said yes. But collapsed after taking one or two steps. I sat down and put his head on my lap, while my brother-in-law went for the ambulance. He was unconscious and breathing funny, with a noise. When the ambulance arrived, they checked and confirmed that he was alive. We took him to the hospital which was a few minutes drive. A doctor came out of emergency and pronounced him dead after about 10 minutes. Last month, my mother was taken to the hospital with symptoms of angina that she had been attributing to her wisdom tooth extraction and an accident. (pain in haw and left arm). She was 94 couple of months back. The doctors decided on angioplasty and damaged her artery. They repaired and blocked it, saying that people have survived with half the heart functioning. They would monitor her for 24 hours and then let her go home. She was under sedation all the time. She suddenly choked and did not survive. Every doctor we have spoken to says that doing angioplasty at this age is not right. They should have given her medication, and she may have lived a few years more. All the best Akhtar All the best Akhtar

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Tracey Finlay

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Alzheirmer's isn't just about memory loss

I really appreciate that Dennis, thank you. So many people worry that an occasional lapse of memory could be an early sign but I truly don't believe that. Goodness, I forget stuff all the time! Unfortunately my Mother had a minor stroke last year (stress induced) and she's battling in a different way.... but she'll improve. It's so great when you see the messages of support.... I wish I'd been in ecademy 3 years ago when it was at its worst! Tracey

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Alexander Knox

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Alzheirmer's isn't just about memory loss

Great Blog Tracy, Nice to know that memory loss is not necessarily indicative of Alzheimers, a relief to me anyway. It may come to me it may not, but if it does I am not afraid, I know my family would be there. Dennis (Alexander)

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Michael RUDZIK

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Alzheirmer's isn't just about memory loss

Hi Tracey, My late uncle suffered from Alzheimer's so I understand what you and your family are going through. The only advice I can offer is that you all stick together as a family in order to get through the difficult times ahead. As, in our case, the mutual support helped us to keep going ! Best wishes Mike It's not always what you do, that makes a difference. It's how you do it !

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Kapil Kapur

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Alzheirmer's isn't just about memory loss

As somebody who prides himself on the quality of my mental faculties, this whole area absolutely terrifies me. It must be soul destroying for your father, and also to you to see this "degeneration". I hope that you are getting the support you need.

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Stan Broadhurst

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Alzheirmer's isn't just about memory loss

Wow Tracy.....do you have the help that you need... that is awfull .... my best to you all Stanb

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Thomas Power

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Alzheirmer's isn't just about memory loss

Pleased to see this Tracey.

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Mick Say

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Alzheirmer's isn't just about memory loss

Have to admit that this subject frightens the life out of me. Poignant.... When a nurse recently asked him who I was he said "I don't know who she is but I know I love her" Mick Saywww.onlinemarketingacademy.uk.com We Specialise in Meaningful web 2.0 Website Design and Hosting.We Create Online Marketing Platforms Developed for the Social WebCall me : 0044 7719 061 835 Email: mick@micksay.com

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Tracey Finlay

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Alzheimer's isn't just about memory loss

So frustrated that I spelt Alzheimer's wrong in the title!

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