I recently read an article about watching too much TV can being a risk factor in the development of dementia. Overall, in my lifetime, I’ve not been an avid TV watcher other than the news. So this doesn’t seem to apply to me. It is, however, ironic. The neurologist told me on my last visit to make sure I watch TV in order to make sure I can follow the entire show. I hadn’t noticed too much of a problem with that until recently. Talk shows give me not problem since there is no continuity over the hour long shows. But I’ve noticed that an hour long show or a TV movie is different. What used to be easy is becoming a little more difficult. An example would be that I tried to watch Law and Order last evening. Without my knowing it, I wasn’t able to connect the pieces as the show went along. I somehow was missing some important parts which resulted in my not understanding the rest of the story. I wasn’t even aware of losing focus until suddenly the story didn’t make sense to me. This has been happening more frequently lately. It is a very subtle phenomena. It actually seems unbelievable in a way. This is also parallel to not being able to maintain my focus with my crafts. Have been having trouble maintaining a simple 12 stitch repeat pattern on an afghan. It took me all day yesterday to complete just 3 rows. It just proves to me that the progression of dementia is baffling and cunning. So I’ll keep an eye on it and will make a more concerted effort to concentrate and to focus better. I am happy that I’m alert enough to still be able to write about it. Hopefully, this will help other with dementia as well as their caregivers to understand this disease a little bit better. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments.
I’ve been trying to get more coffee into me but it is a double edged sword. The tremors, obviously, just get worse. Oh, and by the way. Chad’s Dr. told him 2 weeks ago that he wanted him to take a vitamin D supplement of 1000 IU daily which is in addition the the daily multivitamin that already contains 400 IUs. It’s made me become more conscientious about my vitamin D intake as well has the 2:1 calcium magnesium ratio. I’ve never understood why calcium is highly promoted for both men and women but magnesium isn’t emphasized. Calcium requirements are twice as high as magesium. I usually get the calcium supplements which automatically have the 2:1 ratio.
We’re going to Pam’s brother’s house for dinner this evening. Pam is going to trim their 2 year old son’s hair. It’s his first haircut ever. I imagine it will prove to be quite an event. I have to smile just thinking about it.
Pam saw the endocrinologist on Tuesday. The scans revealed a nodule which now need to be biopsied. She’ll see the specialist who does the biopsies first and then we’ll go down to Cranberry near Pittsburgh for the actual biopsy. She is understandingly frightened given her history of having 3 different types of cancer in the past.
It’s supposed to be in the upper 40’s and 50 degrees over the next 5 days or so. Spring is slowly coming. I plan to get out and start walking. The sun is once again refreshing.
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