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Ending Blog

First written June 2018 and finished September 2018

After giving it a lot of thought over the last few months, I have decided to finally stop writing this blog now
This is for a few reasons, but first and foremost I am struggling to put my thoughts into writing,  without saying the wrong thing and sounding rude or aggressive.
I know I am getting very tired these days, and struggling to think clearly, but I guess this is a build up of medical problems  which are starting to make life very difficult. 
However I was starting to  think of closing the blog down in January and then in June,  because of my problems of putting my thoughts into words. 
I have re-used a few old blogs over the last  few months, in the hope of getting myself motivated, but realised that it's not going to work 
I have enjoyed doing this over the years, but I have lost total  interest,  but will let the blog run as it may help others.
I vaguely remember the fact this blog was  started by mistake, but it's b…

Revolutionary Alzheimer’s blood test is 94% accurate 20 years before symptoms develop

Revolutionary Alzheimer’s blood test is 94% accurate 20 years before symptoms develop

6th August 2019 Healthcare news (industry news)
A new blood test has been developed that can detect Alzheimer’s-causing proteins in the brain up to two decades before symptoms begin to appear. A study from Washington University St Louis outlines the benefits of the test, which has a 94 per cent accuracy rate.
Early Alzheimer’s diagnosis is vital to combat the condition, because there’s currently no cure, and treatments can delay onset. Most people are not tested for the disease until symptoms, such as memory loss, start to occur and by then the condition already has a hold on the brain.
Early detection could mean many extra years with good quality of life, and the individual retaining their independence for a lot longer. At present, the average life expectancy after Alzheimer’s diagnosis is just four to eight years.
The progression of the disease can vary between cases, with some relatives seeing pa…

Mental Health and Dementia

Mental Health and Dementia New findings promote lifestyle modifications. Posted Jul 24, 2019 Source: kmac

Dementia is, unfortunately, a very common phenomenon among the elderly. As of 2017, there were as many as 44 million individuals worldwide living with dementia. In the United States, as many as one in three seniors has some form of dementia when they pass away.   More than just a mental-health issue, dementia can be extremely taxing on the family and friends of the individuals who are struggling with the condition. It is far more severe than merely telling the same story that everyone has heard before. As the condition progresses, individuals with dementia lose their ability to live independently because they find it too difficult to conduct the activities of daily living—from doing household chores down to feeding, dressing, and grooming themselves—and this can often lead to frustration and aggression. In the later stages of dementia, individuals may not recognize family and may come…

Londoner smashes world record for 289-mile triathlon by more than four hours

Londoner smashes world record for 289-mile triathlon by more than four hours Megan White
The Evening Standard
Chris finished the gruelling triathlon on Tuesday ( Aurelien Meunier ) A Londoner has broken the world record for an epic 289-mile triathlon from London to Paris by over four hours.
Chris Leek set a time of 69 hours and 29 minutes, shaving four hours and ten minutes off the previous record of 73 hours and 39 minutes held by Mark Bayliss since 2012. The 32-year-old from Orpington, Kent, completed an 87-mile run from Marble Arch to Dover, followed by a 21 mile swim across the English Channel, and a 181-mile bike ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
He also became only the fifth competitor ever to complete the feat without wearing a wetsuit for the Channel swim section, 
After setting off at 5pm on August 2, Mr Leek arrived in the French capital on Tuesday. Chris and his dad Dennis at the finish line in Paris (Aurelien Meunier)
He said: “I’m completely lost for w…

NHS and medications

With this Brexit thing rumbling along at an ever slower pace, and the fact that this new Prime Minister is determined to take us out of Europe at any cost, I do worry about things like the NHS. 
As a lot of medical research is done between the UK and Europe, I always thought it was best to stay in the European Community, but perhaps I am wrong.  
However many Members of Parliament lied about the true reasons for leaving Europe, and very few stood up to tell the truth, leaving the general public to pick up the pieces 
This has lead many to believe that this is the  worst parliament for quite a long time, as we have no viable government and no opposition party Willing,  to stand up and be counted, because that is needed  for the less well off etc.
But if this all goes ahead, what will happen to our medications, as many if not all come from abroad. 
I have heard of Doctors trying to restrict medications, or change them for cheaper less efficient types, and this is just the start. 
The NHS like…

Not Coping with hot weather

After the hot weather recently, I realised that I don’t cope with it anymore. 
This seems to cause memory and cognitive problems, on top of the other long term breathing problems, Bronchiectasis and Emphysema.
Prior to this I guess I just assumed the breathing was down to my asthma, until I was rediagnosed with these two problems. 
I was always fine when we were on holiday abroad, but it seems that it’s the humidity causing the problems. 
While I like the weather to be warm these days,  I don’t like it to be too hot, otherwise the wheels come off and I get agitated and stroppy as my dear wife says. 
We went to our static caravan, but had to come home as it was too hot and airless, making me feel totally ill. 
I love being there because it’s a lot higher than it is at home, and the air is much cleaner and healthier, but I guess that’s life.  As the weather is cooling down we are going back for a few days 

Understanding the obvious in life

We have always had a dog at home, ever since we were lead to believe that we could not have children. However, not long after our first dog settled in at home, we found out that my wife was pregnant, so our first dog Major, became our daughter "Claires" body guard, as he protected her from the moment she was brought home from the hospital, and not even my mother in law was allowed near to her carry cot.This was something new to me as I had never heard of animals being so protective like this ever before. Major had not seen claire before,
but for some reason, he instantly took up his role as her protector.
After our son Mark was born, the same thing happened again, and he protected us all in more ways than one, until he died of cancer.
Not long after this we got another dog "Ben" , who was very nervous, but as I became ill we seemed to get closer, without me realising what was going on. After losing my job as an Engineer to this illness, I spent a lot of time at hom…

Processing information 2

A few weeks ago I wrote about problems processing information, but over the last few days I have noticed other problems, which will have an effect on others in the same position

While my eyesight and hearing give a lot of concern when I am out, and on my own these days, I think this is made much worse with the electric vehicles and bicycles we see every day. 
Having been caught by disability scooters on the footpath, I am starting to get worried when I go out on my own, but I like my independence, so I go out as often as I can on my good days.
However some of the drivers of disability vehicles, seem to think that they own the footpath these days, and are becoming a nightmare, because if they hit you, there is no way of tracing the owner, as you would with a car etc.
It’s one thing seeing a silent vehicle coming towards you, if you are prepared for it, but it’s totally different if your brain cannot accept that it’s real, of it comes up from behind
Seeing this, I often wonder if my he…

World leading expertise in dementia with Lewy bodies

World leading expertise in dementia with Lewy bodies at local NHS Trust 13-06-2019 A global review has named Professor John O'Brien, as the world's leading expert on dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).