Sunday, 31 May 2015

Recognition for Mild Cognitive Impairment / final blog

I These days we are hearing of a lot of people being diagnosed as having Mild Cognitive Impairment.

We are also hearing of a lot of people formally diagnosed as having one form of dementia or another,  then being re diagnosed as having Mild Cognitive Impairment, because they did not deteriorate fast enough.
Some people these days get a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Imoairment, until the doctors can work out whether you have dementia.

With this in mind many people are saying,  that more needs to be done to give this form of illness more recognition than it has at present. Fine it may not be dementia, but it does involve memory and day to day living, and coordination problems.

In some circles there seems to be something odd when it comes to MCI, you are neither one thing or another, but in fact you could be one of those people who may well go on to get Alzheimer's or Dementia.   You may also go on to live without getting either of these illnesses. 

To label someone with this illness and not to look any further seems to me to be very odd, when we consider that there are many neurological illnesses where these symptoms appear.

I do think many doctors treat people with contempt when it comes to this illness. They just say, You have Mild Cognitive Impairment, but never look any further to explore the causes of it.

It has been stated that many professionals are simply splitting hairs, like gardeners deciding whether a rose is a true hybrid or not. 

The problem is that it's the patients who are coming off the worst because they are hung out to dry, because some of the doctors simply do not understand this illness in the first place.

I have heard many people being diagnosed as just being depressed, when in fact they had dementia, or some other neurological illness, but the doctors had no intention of looking to see why you were "depressed". 

This could in many cases be due to the fact that you are losing control over your lives, or maybe your job, but these doctors simply cannot see the obvious.

I have lost my job as an Engineer, simply because I totally forgot how to do it, and was then classed as unsafe to do it. 
I was employed to oversee all contractors and maintenance staff, but my main role was Electrical Maintenance and estimating. I used to run two large budgets, yet I ended up counting on my fingers, something I found to be very frightening, fine these days it's gone, and my wife deals with money and paying the bills etc. 

My wife talks of the time when I retired the College Chapel,  yet this has all gone, so what on earth happened. These days I cannot fit a 13amp plug without getting my son to check that its been done properly, all my experience has gone down the plug hole. 

So this makes mild cognitive impairment, something to be highlighted, because when things go wrong like this, it's a major problem and something which should not be taken lightly.

So let us hope that someone picks up the mantle in the future, and raises the profile of those diagnosed as having this illness, otherwise they risk being forgotten about in the future.
 

Final blog

I have decide to stop writing on this blog because it is about Living with Lewy Body Dementia. 

I will leave this running, but may well Start a new blog about Mild Cognitive Impairment and memory problems. Thank you all  for your kindness and support. 

What started out as an online diary has now been read in 112 countries by over 114-000 people, truly amazing 
 


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