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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
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i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, January 27, 2017

alzheimers news-would you want to know

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there are diseases that you can be tested for
to find out if you have them
huntingtons disease

the problem is
there are no real treatments for the disease

why get tested

there are test for dominant genes for alzheimers disease
that you can have done
if they are positive
it means that you will 100% get alzheimers disease

now the apoe 4 gene that i have
you can get tested for
but if its positive
that doesnt mean you will get the disease
but you are at a higher risk

if you get the double version apoe4/apoe4 version
then your risks are even higher
its not 100% that you will get alzheimers disease

im afraid for me though
that i didnt beat the odds
i am a few days to a couple of weeks
from finding out where i stand
for sure

my wife she and i sat and watched a dvred tv show
from pbs
it was shown on wednesday night on pbs at 900pm
pbs the tv network trump is trying to get rid of

as we watched the show
yes i teared all through the show
well these shows are getting harder for me to watch
still alice just about did me in on watching this stuff
i made myself watch this one
alzheimers every minute counts

here is the link to watch it online
its is 50+ minutes long
the video online also is broken into segments

heres the gist of the video
we are in trouble in the us and the world
alzheimers disease is going to devastate us
financially and emotionally

without a treatment or cure
none exists as of now
we will soon spend 1trillion dollars a year on alzheimers disease
its treatment and care of those affected
thats more than what we spend on defense and the military

it will break our budget and overwhelm the healthcare system

just for these reasons we should all watch this video

in the video there is a woman who shut down her business
to take care of her 60+ year old mother in the later stages
of this devastating disease

she has devoted her life and her finances to caring for
her mom
she is hispanic which is common with hispanic families
to care for their elderly
she is overwhelmed

she agrees to get tested herself
for the dominant gene
she is positive
she feels like she is looking in a mirror every time
she looks at her mom
she knows her day is coming soon in the next 10-15 years

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i always said that thats the way i felt
every time i saw my younger brother as he progressed
through his disease
a mirror of what was to come for me
yes im in that 10 year window like she is

now she is in a research study using the antibody stuff
thats similar to the one i am hoping to enter
she gets monthly shots in the abdomen of the antibody to
the bad beta amyloid that
if it works
will slow down or prevent her from getting alzheimers

this one is similar to the colombia study that was shown on
60 minutes recently

the one i hope to get in soon uses intravenous infusions
monthly to do the same thing

these potential treatments have the best hope of
doing something to slow this disease down

we hope

if you want to know what its like
to care for someone with the disease
to face the financial and emotional hurdles of this disease
to see what its like to find out you are going to get the disease
to hear from researchers and politicians about this disease
watch this show
lucky i guess is that this disease is apolitical

here is the link again

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