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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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Thursday, June 7, 2018

alzheimers news-do you have any of these

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almost eight years ago when i was told i had some short term memory issues i went to the alzheimers associations website to look up the 10 signs and symptoms of early alzheimers

here is the link to the alzheimers associations discussion of them

well these are my thoughts on the subject

memory loss that disrupts your life
forgetting dates and events and having to rely more and more on reminders like sticky notes everywhere or phone reminders

its ok to occasionally forget names or appointments

i must say ive not had any of these issues except i am known for not remembering names

challenge in planning or solving problems
you may have problems following a recipe or paying bills

its ok if you occasionally make errors in checkbook

i must say i dont have this problem
well i must say my wife she has this problem but dont worry its a life long problem she has

difficulty completing familiar tasks
you may have trouble doing some daily tasks or things like driving to a familiar place or doing a budget or remembering the rules of a game

its ok if you have trouble like with recording a tv show or doing settings on your microwave

i must say i have no problem dvring my favorite shows
well i must say i have trouble dvring shows when my wfe she says would you dvr that show ive been wanting to watch

confusion with time or place
you may lose track of days dates or where you are or how you got there

its ok to not remember the date or day of the week but you figure it out later

i must say that since i retired and especially since i moved here i have lost track of what the date is
in fact on my memory tests they ask and i commonly dont remember the date
now i always remember the day of the week
thank goodness for that

trouble with visual images and spatial relationships
you may have trouble reading or judging distances or trouble with colors and their contrasts
this especially affects driving

some think this is the first thing folks have show up is this spacial issue

its ok to have visual problems due to cataracts

i must say i think i have some of the spacial issues such that i am much more cautious when i drive
ive noticed the traffic lights are set differently here and the pedestrians and bikers seem to come out of nowhere sometimes

problems with words and speaking and writing
you may have problems following a conversation or starting one or you may lose your train of thought in the middle of a sentence or repeat yourself or use the wrong word for something

its ok to occasionally have trouble finding the right word

i must say i sometimes lose myself in the middle of a conversation or cant find the right word for something
thank goodness like a twin my wife she will pitch in to help but this doesnt happen to me that often

misplace things or cant retrace your steps
you put things in strange places or you lose something and you cant replace your steps
this may become worse over time

its ok to lose things but usually you can retrace your steps

i must say this is a rarity for me but i did lose my billfold once and found it wedged weeks later under my duct tape chair

well i must say my wife she has this problem with her keys and her cellphone
honey would you call me i cant find my phone
should i be worrying about her instead of her worrying about me

decreased or poor judgement
you make poor judgement or you give large amounts to telemarketers or you make strange large purchases

its ok to occasionally make a bad decision

i must say i dont really have this issue
well i must say if i could keep my wife she away from thrift stores and garage sales and estate sales ...

withdrawal from work or social activities
you may avoid social activities or hobbies or have trouble following your favorite sports teams

its ok if you get tired of work or family or social activties

i must say i know whats going on with all my favorite sports teams
maybe too much
i dont seem to be withdrawing too much from social activities and i enjoy my hobbies just as good as ever
well i must say my wife she is a much more social person than i but thats not new


changes in mood or personality
you know this well if youve ever had a loved one with alzheimers disease
in fact this one for some families bothers them the most
you can get paranoid suspicious anxious depressed angry even violent

its ok to get a little irritable if things are done different than how you like to do them

i must say
ok ok i know im guilty of this one
well for a long time
well i  must say my wife she isnt that guilty of this one
ok honey youre right she says
just ticks me off when she says that
no im not displaying anger here

so if you are worried like all of us are that we are getting alzheimers disease or a loved one is getting this awful disease just look at this list real good

if there is an issue
get help early since its been found that folks who get help early on do much better over time

the organicgreen doctor

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