I Have This Terminal Disease,
It Moves So Slow It Is Killing Me!
One of 25 Best Alzheimer’s Blogs of 2012
Mike Donohue is a brave man. Courageous, direct, and bold, his blog energizes readers with a passion for action. Dementia Endured gives a hint in the title as to the nature of this talented writer: he will endure. And with a personality like Mike’s, it’s easy to believe that he shall overcome, as well!
His life experiences are opened to the reader, and his journey recovering from alcoholism to adjusting to Alzheimer’s holds its own fascination for visitors to his site. Mike’s strength and determination will remind readers that dementias are one area in which it’s best not to hold any punches.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010
By Bob DeMarco
Teva Pharmaceuticals is pleased to announce the introduction and availability of Donepezil Hydrochloride Orally Disintegrating Tablets. This product is AB rated and bioequivalent to Aricept ODT®*. Donepezil HCl Orally Disintegrating Tablets are available in 5 mg and 10 mg strengths, in sizes of UD 30.
“Generic pharmaceuticals are playing an increasingly important role in healthcare cost containment,” states Maureen Cavanaugh, V.P., Customer Operations & Marketing. “Teva Pharmaceuticals continues to lead the way with timely new product launches.”
Teva Pharmaceuticals, located in North Wales, Pennsylvania, is the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer for both new and total prescriptions.‡ The company has an aggressive Research and Development effort and one of the best overall ANDA approval records in the industry.‡
Please Note: These are "Orally Disintegrating Tablets". At this time, I don't have any pricing information.
Interestingly, I called three major pharmacies today and the pharmacists acted like I was a nut when I asked about generic aricept. All three times I was told that there is no generic version of Aricept.
More news to follow as I get it.
By the way, I find that most pharmacist are very helpful and full of useful information.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
And then my friend the Doctor asserted, “In Spite of Everything Said We Have the Best Health Care System in the World.”
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
- To stand out in any way, different than the rest.
- To be better, smarter or more proficient than the rest
- To disagree with the group will about anything.
- To work harder, faster or more efficiently than the others.
- We don’t do it that way
- Don’t get a carried away.
- Don’t be flashy
- That’s not part of my job description
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Adding to this frustration, is the ability that many Alzheimer’s patients have to “pull themselves together” and present a seemingly “normal” front to other people, even to their physicians.
Once at the doctor's office, she could hold an intelligent conversation. She appeared pleasant. If he asked questions she didn't know, she could even make excuses. For example, "I never really paid attention to the name of this hospital". Great Grams even tried to change the subject, like pointing out the doctor's pictures of his family and telling him how cute his kids were.
When my aunt and uncle called on the phone, Great Grams talked completely normally. Anyone who didn't understand her condition could easily conclude there was nothing wrong with her. Sometimes they assume all is going very well based on these conversations.
Often when we went to visit someone, Great Grams held normal conversations, way into her illness. I remember, on one of her later hospitalizations, hearing her tell an aide how beautiful she was and how pretty her sweater was -- then telling us that the aide was a horrible person plotting against her.
For much of her time in Alzheimer's, Great Grams could travel and be fine on a trip. However, total breakdowns seemed to happen when we returned home. You would think that returning to the familiar would have made things better, but they always made things worse. Understanding and accepting Alzheimer's behavior is very difficult. Even when you see it over and over.
…. Alzheimer's patients can "rally the forces", meaning they can work exhaustively at trying to "keep up" and interact. This can continue until late stages of the disease. Alzheimer's patients are somehow successful at continuing to do this. HOWEVER, this exertion of attention is SO EXHAUSTING to Alzheimer’s patients, that they basically are having a breakdown afterwards.
Since Alzheimer's is really a memory problem and not a social problem for most of its course, patients often realize that they are having a major problem, and they use their social skills to cover it up. But, this is so tiring, that it uses up all their resources, and those who are with them afterwards, often see the sad effects of these exhausting efforts…
Only very, very late in her illness, did Great Grams begin to lose the ability to "cover it up"…
Only when Great Grams had progressed to the final stages of Alzheimer's was she no longer able to present a normal-appearing front to others -- outsiders.
The ability to act differently for others, shows that the Alzheimer’s patient maintains social skills. When with the caregiver alone Alzheimer's patients feels safe, and don't have to exhaust themselves to present themselves as they would like to be seen.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Let’s utilize the buildings and homes in the suburbs soon to be vacated by the people whose families have grown and dispersed. Let’s renovate and rebuild them as shared and assisted living for us as we age. Let’s use the existing Municipal Agencies to finance and service the needs of the new people occupying them in the same manner and with the same economy they did in building the original family oriented suburbs as they have existed.
A very interesting article ran in the Mpls Star and Tribune
9-10-10entitled: Suburbs are showing their age Click on it to go there and read it. I found it significant. Although of my home area, , it fits the profile of Anywhere USA. Minneapolis
This alone is further exacerbated as the Baby Boomer population is reaching the same area of risk as they come into their seniority.
Currently the cost of any kind of institutional or hired care is prohibitive. There is no Government Aid available for the greater number of us who have enough not to qualify for Medicaid, the only available program of Government Aid. Should we pay down or give our property away to get down to the financially qualifying level, our spouses, who have the continued obligation and must pay our keep if they continue with funds above the level of financial qualification. If they pay their property down to pay your fare for care that leaves them with nothing to live on not that long after that time you qualify and go into the Home.
The Interstate spawned Howard Johnson’s McDonalds, Holiday Inns and similar business enterprise throughout the System. Suburban sprawl herniated around the many junctions of it. So many innovations engulfed society in these heady ‘50’s that capped the depression cycle from which we were extricated by WWII.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
My brother Peter learned this love many years ago and practiced ever since. He is the inveterate Caregiver. I've only learned this in my dotage, because of AD the Sacred Gift with which I have been blessed. Peter has been one of my Caregivers and needs this acknowledgment.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I have been writing much about the potential of the brain to regenerate. As I understand it the brain has the capability to form new pathways and generate new brain cells. The scientists call this property the brain’s plasticity.
2. Lies, Damn Lies and Medical Research
As reprehensible as many industry practices are, I believe the behavior of much of the medical profession is even more culpable.
In this past week I attended the annual meeting of our AD Association’s Annual Meeting. They had as their featured speaker a former member of the National Institute of Health (NIH) and an active current advisor on AD. He claims he was the one to organize the National Association of AD to get outside support for funding studies for finding a cure for AD. There was nothing being done at the time.
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