Hi Dave, I do hope you come back and read these messages that you are missed. I have been very lax about updating for the last two months. I have appreciated your input. I've always read with interest about your caring for your Dad and how well he is doing. 10 years is a long time to be associated with this web and for it to be ended. Just so you know, you are appreciated.
Hi Carol, Just to clarify about the iron. It seems his iron level is good, but it's the saturation level that is low. On your lab report, look for 'saturation' under iron. You may need to ask your doctor what the range level is, then you will know whether it is good or bad. Since the doctor is on vacation now, Ken will go to the hospital in January to have iron intravenously. I may not be saying that right. So low saturation of the iron can be part of the cause of his muscle aches. Also, just having kidney disease will also do this. His legs seem to be getting weaker, but he keeps biking a mile each day and very rarely uses his cane. Tonight we went to our 8 yr old granddaughters Christmas concert and he didn't even want to take his cane, but as we walked about 1/2 block back to the car, he thought it was a long way.
Your Mom's dog mix is really interesting. We used to have an Akita. It strayed to our house during a storm. She was one of the best dogs we ever had..
Hello Everyone, So far we've had a beautiful December. It is just now getting really cold in the last two days here in NE Ok.
Dave, It's always good to hear that your Dad is doing so well, and now your father-in-law is better. That is great!
Carol, it really is interesting that you can have a DNA on animals. I'm interested in knowing how that turns out.
Tomorrow I will attend my first Caregiver meeting.It's in the same building where we eat lunch. It's still in the organizing stages. I was asked what would be the best time for us to come and I said 11 am. as we eat at 11:30 and the meeting is short to start with.
Ken continues to do better with his Alzheimer's. His last lab showed his kidney problem is a little better. He is supposed to have an iron infusion in January. I learned today that low iron saturation causes leg aches. The MD told him today that his legs hurt because his legs are small and his body is big and that causes a lot of stress on the legs. The Dr. added that he had arthritis in his side thigh. We thought his problem was in the muscle (and I still think so). He continues to exercise and has a great attitude. He is also on insulin now. It's not as bad as he expected and now he's at a level where his blood sugar is coming down. He still hasn't reached a maintenance dose.
We just bought a 9.7" tablet yesterday. He is very interested in reading, and I'm in the process of getting books downloaded. I ordered a sturdy stand so he can sit at the table and not have to hold it. The tablet also has audio and it will be able to read books to him when he can't read.
We're looking forward to having Christmas with all our children and grandchildren. I've done most of my shopping online. I like it better all the time.
Thank you, Judy, I will let him know all of this good news. I'm encouraging him to read other books. We just watched the movie of this book on National Geographic. It is dynamic. This is such a new book, It has just reached the library. I haven't heard of an audio copy.
I've really been dragging lately, but I take him to exercise and I do get on the bike. That isn't too exhausting. He keeps asking me if we're going during the day if we have come home from lunch to rest first.
Do you have your talk, "How to Keep the Brain in Tip-Top Shape" in a hard copy?
Hi Judy, Last evening I was reading about activity that one can do to help prevent alzheimers. The article stated that we get new brain cells every day. Now that I want to comment on it, I can't find it.
I'm wondering if the exercise, reading, learning, etc. applies to just prevention of alzheimers, or can a person with alzheimers grow and develop new brain cells and get better, brain wise, by doing these activities? Ken, with his troubled eye sight, tremors, and moderate alzheimers, and diabetes, has really struggled and fussed about not being able to see and read. He has wanted the book "No Easy Day", by Mark Owen, since Mark was on TV talking about the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. I got the book for him at the library. He immediately started trying to read it--propping pillows etc so he wouldn't have to hold the book. Finally he is sitting at the table, propping the pillow and reading the book. He sometimes has to read a paragraph 3 times before he gets it, but he is so interested in it, and talks about it later.
So, Is he growing and developing new brain cells because of this reading? Will they be replacing the brain cells that died? Or would they be in a different area of the brain.
He is doing so well with his exercising that he doesn't use his cane anymore.
Hello Everyone, October is cooling things off very quickly here in NE Ok. From the 70's, 60's, and tonight dipping in the hi 40's. I'm looking forward to a hard frost, hoping to end this allergy season.
Ken has been functioning very well. He is now on insulin for his diabetes. Somehow, taking this step, he is more aware of his diet and exercise.
Yesterday we went to a health fair sponsored by the Indian Health Clinic. Many information booths were set up. One of the directors of a elders nutrition site was telling me about some books she had in her office on Alzheimers that I could borrow. Then she said there was a booth there. Before I could get to the booth, she had gathered me some literature and 2 books: The Alz. activity Guide and Through the seasons, an activity book. Later when I went to the booth, I showed the woman my Medic Alert bracelet. Even though she had the literature to hand out, she seemed unaware of what it was saying. While standing there talking to her, a couple I know came by and the man has had AD for 10 years. I showed them my bracelet and gave them the material to get more information. The wife was so interested. I did this twice. I noticed that people would glance toward the table and walk on by, just as these people started to do. Now I've got the information to share with a couple at church. I can't say enough good about the Medic Alert Safe Return braclets. I am much more confident when I'm wearing mine.
Last week a van decided to pull over into my space and the driver woke up just before hitting me in the passenger door on the drivers side. If I had been hit, I would have been thrown over into a tree. Again I thought of my bracelet and the fact that these people could alert my children.
We keep right on going with confidence--one day at a time. May God Bless You All and keep you strong.
There are many things I am grateful for, but the one I am the most thankful for is that I am well and able to take care of my family. I have so many potentially bad health problems, but everything is under control. I not only take care of my husband, but am on call constantly to help with my grandchildren.