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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
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

my story revisited #124-laughter is best


this blog below was about alzheimers hearings to fund more alzheimers research
since then congress did appropriate more money for alzheimers 
not enough money
but it is a good starter

we need more research monies to do more research to find a treatment and if we are lucky a cure for alzheimers disease

we declared a war on cancer
we need to declare a war on alzheimers disease

when we would be with my mom we used humor frequently to help us her and our family to deal with this devastating disease

even now i make jokes about my diagnosis since it helps my wife she and i to laugh about it all

some people dont like to use humor to ease themselves
in painful or stressful situations
ive found using humor defuses that anxiety and fear and
not wanting to talk about its that people get when talking
or not talking about alzheimers disease

as you know my mom died with alzheimers after a lengthy bout
with the disease
as did my younger brother
his seemed so tragic since he was so young and robust when he
was stricken with that disease alzheimers
my father who died of a heart attack probably had the disease
when i look at what his symptoms were
knowing what i know now about how the disease progresses
we used humor a lot with my mom during her disease progression
in fact the picture i posted two days ago of her when i wrote my
blog on meals on wheels
was one of those days when we used humor with her
she seemed to really enjoy that day
as we dressed her in those sun glasses and that hat which i think
was one of my donald duck hats
she laughed so much and smiled so much that day

so using humor made her feel better and made us feel better
in dealing with having to visit her in the nursing home not
knowing what we would be up against that day

it laughter and humor made for a better day for all involved

alzheimers is one of those diseases that people dont want to talk about
like cancer use to be
it was kept secret alzheimers if your family had it
my approach and many peoples approach is to be in the open

like ive done with this blog and my talks and my involvement with
the alzheimers association
ask me about alzheimers and ill tell you more than you want to know

i do notice people look at you funny at first when you talk about
the disease freely
as i say you know i might have alzheimers disease
im on aricept (donepezil) for the possibility
im in a research study the largest one ever
im waiting for treatment studies that start up soon that
may allow folks like me to be treated in the future so that
we wont progress or for younger folks so they wont get the disease

one problem is that congress has defunded alzheimers research
significantly over the last years
which has remarkedly slowed the research for a treatment and cure

so enters laughter humor and congress
as yesterday the comedian and actor
seth rogen did a presentation a speech to congress on alzheimers disease
using humor to make his points

i laughed and at the same time i cried as he talked
as memories of especially my mom and my younger brother and my
thoughts of what the future has in store for me
was invoked by his speech and humor
he made his point

laughter is the best medicine

contact your congress persons
this is a non political issue
you if you havent been already will be
i can guarantee
affected by this terrible disease
alzheimers disease
if we can laugh about it some 
it makes it easier to deal with the pain of the disease

the organicgreen doctor

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