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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Good comeback from my fall.

Father's Day dinner.
Two days ago I fell on my face with a subsequent large black eye.
Today I can open my eye easily and have no pain.
The cosmetic part can be easily covered up with sunglasses.

I go to my son's wedding next week.   I will probably need makeup for the photos.

Alzheimer's patients are known to have sudden sharp declines in mental ability.
I think that is mostly due to strokes.
My last systolic blood pressure was 100.
I also keep my cholesterol very low.
My last Hgb A1c was 7.8.
Thus I am very optimistic.
Hence we just book another cruise to Japan in Feb. 2020.
I an quite happy and having a great time.
I just finished my yearly testing for the KUMCR research trial which is a non-treatment.
It was three days of testing.
3 hour cognitive exam
Tau Pet Scan.

I enjoy doing it as I feel I am paying it forward.
They give me $100 each year as compensation.
It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

Day one

Day two

Day three Father's Day

Saturday, June 15, 2019

My first black eye in my life

I went to help a carpet cleaner take a bookcase out of the basement, out the back door and up the hill to the street.  It was arduous for me but I thought I had it, until we dropped the bookcase while I was still walking.  I guess I had so much momentum I just kept going without stopping, I was moving forward and heading to the ground. I took 3 steps trying to slow down and regain my balance instead I went faster till I walked off the grass crashing into the concrete driveway.  I have had a few falls in the last two years due to my poor balance.  This was a very hard hit on concrete with my face bouncing off the ground.  I was dazed but got up and finished some of the cleaning work.  I had a slight headache.  I asked my partner if I was bleeding.  He said just a little.  When I looked in the mirror I had a small scrape above my left eye with little bleeding.  I put a bandaid on it and went back to my research.  Later when I got back up to check on the carpet work, he looked at my eye and was sorry to see the eye was swelling up.  I looked in the mirror.  I probably missed my best window of opportunity to prevent the swelling with ice.  I put iced peas on my eye but the swelling became much worse.  Very little pain.  I am on a blood thinner so I was worried about getting a sub-dural hematoma.  I told my wife to call 911 if I pass out.  There was no bleeding into the other eye so I was not worried about an orbital bone fracture.  There was also no pain on palpation of the bones. 

I told my wife I can't do this work anymore. 
I am too light for heavy work and too heavy for light work.
In truth it is the result of my poor balance that has worsened since my diagnosis of Alzheimer's. 
The damage of the fall could have been much worse.
Fractured hip is high on the list. 
Just as I gave up my medical license and let my wife drive most the time I need to keep adjusting my behavior. 
I go up and down the basement steps 8 times a day.
I must stop going down the steps carrying items in both hands. 
As my Dad said years ago, "always go down steps with one hand on the banister". 
I gave up going on a ladder years ago. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Off statin for 2 months, my cognitive testing seemed better to me

July 9,  2018
I had my first cognitive testing at the KUMCR Alzheimer's Center.  It took 3 hours.
It was stressful but not as bad as my Neuropsychological Assessment in Florida done on
at three different dates.
You can see the results of my Florida testing in my book:
I Am Waiting for When I forget I have Alzheimer's. YEAR ONE.

I had my second cognitive testing at the KUMCR Alzheimer's center.  Again it took 3 hours.

Interesting, I thought I did better on the test today than I had on the prior tests.
I was on Namzaric already when I took the first KUMCR cognitive.
I took todays test and had less stress than the prior tests.
My palms were sweating after the first hour which I don't remember having before.
  I was a little warm however my concentration was intense.
I have not taken Atorvastatin 10 mg since 4-2-19.  
LAB results off statin replaced with Niacin link
Perhaps that helped me with this test?

I suspect I did better after reading Moon walking with Einstein.

I learned to build memory palaces by reading the book.

Those techniques are too slow to apply for the short term memory tests.

However I did learn enough about improving my associations with the list of words by being more imaginative in making the quick tags.
I told the tester most people can only remember 5 to 9 words on a list. She seemed surprised.
She would come back to the list periodically and I found each time I remembered more words.
I think I ended up remembering more than 10 on the list on the third effort.
This success has given me hope that I may remain in early phase of impairment for years more.
I hope now to be able to write my YEAR 3 version next year.

In any event after the difficult testing I felt I had done better than one year  ago.

I took my second one hour MRI at Hoglund Scan center at KUMC.
Again it  was not so arduous this year.
Clearly because I used my two memories palaces to pass the time
I would think of my list of 55 European countries.
Then I would think of my list of top 16 trips.

Finally I would use the relaxation exercise taught by Alzheimer's Society.
I would chant

over and over again.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Early preview of chapter I wrote for Year Two Today

May 21, 2019
The last remaining Seven Wonders of the world.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest monument on the list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
17 months ago I learned I had Alzheimer’s disease.
I had no idea I would make it to this point to go to see The Great Pyramids.
We made the plan with hope and it succeeded.
This is the message of this book. I hope I can write a Year Three book with the same story.
Riding the camel was not on the bucket list.  My wife talked me into it.
It was challenging.
The worst  part was the moment the camel stood up.  
They said to lean back but I forgot to do it.
They gave no warning.
One second the front legs go up and I wheel back and then the back legs stand and I truly felt I was going to fall off.
My balance is poor.  
No camels to ride in Brooklyn, NY.

I survived the whole ride.
It didn’t help that a horse collapsed three feet away pulling a carriage.
I was shocked to see the horse lying on the sand entangled in the gear of the carriage.  Then they say “get on the camel”
All very disorienting.  
At the end I was glad I did it.
The experience of the camel sitting down was much easier for me.
I dismounted with one of the two guides helping me get my right foot over the head of the camel.

I got good potential photos for the cover of this Year Two book.
We left the Four Seasons at 8 AM.
It’s Ramadan presently.  Europeans don’t visit this time of year.
The desert wind was cooling and very pleasant.  
At the end I had perspired more than I have in a long time but it kept me cool in the breeze.
Riding downhill and being told to lean back, was terrifying.

Today I am very happy.  I feel a great sense of accomplishment.  
I don’t have any more items on my bucket list.
It was a great day of adventure.

Choose which photo I took today should be cover for Year Two

The last remaining "seven wonders of the ancient world"

The Great Pyramids of Giza 

Photo One

Photo Two

Photo Three

Photo four

Photo Five

Monday, May 13, 2019

Second memory palace

I made my second MEMORY PALACE of TOP 14 trips. 

  The first memory palace I made was done using the first floor of my house.  I memorized 44 European Nations.  Each day I go through them.  I do it also if I have trouble sleeping.

The second memory palace took much less time to make because it is only 14 items.

1- I start at the top of the steps going to the basement.
   Mount Everest

2- At the bottom of the stairs I turn right and see a photo hanging of me and my kids in front of
    Machu Picchu

3- I look above and there is a map of South America.  
    Chiva Bus/Train ride in Ecuador 

4- I turn left and walk along a wall of books.
    Great Wall of China

5- I turn continue around the round and see a wooden turtle

6- I sit down and wrap a red blanket around me as I am usually cold.

7- While sitting I watch TV and my computer feeling I am in a palace.
     Potala Palace, Tibet

8- I look to the left and there is a mural of Zion canyon.  I think of the best National Park.
    Lake Louise, Canada

9- I look across the room and see the wooden Komodo dragon at top of book shelf.
     Komodo dragons, Indonesia

10- I turn and see my wife coming down the stairs.  Her favorite place is:
      Petra, Jordan

11- I guide her right to show the photo of Andrew and I at
     Haleakala Mountain, Maui

12- Then at the next dresser I show her a photo of Andrew when he was around 8 years old.
       It reminds me of when I took Luke at the same age to"
       Glacier National Park,  Montana

13- I walk her to the next room where a Michael angel statue killing a demon which I purchased with my daughter Sarah in:
      Venice, Italy 

14- My wife then reminds me her daughter's Newfoundland dogs are visiting:
      Husky sleigh ride in Finland north of the Arctic circle with her. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Top Two travel experiences my wife and I have enjoyed together.

1-Chiva Bus/Train ride, Ecuador

2-Husky sleigh ride in Finland 

My son (younger) and I hiked down into and up the Haleakala Mountain in Maui. 

My son (older) and I hiked a mountain in Glacier National Park.

My daughter and I spent five days walking around Venice, Italy