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  1. Here's a TRUTH. I learned this by working with the elderly and becoming elderly myself: Life is experientially exactly like the first big hill on a roller coaster. At first, time goes slowly, like the coaster car climbing the hill. You climb and climb and the view gets better and better. Then you are at the top; superb view. But, alas, now you make the plunge and go faster and faster toward the bottom, which is generally in clear view. Time is like that. When you become old, weeks go by like days, months go by like weeks and years go by like months. And then you die. Not to be morbid, but perhaps with all aging takes from us it's just as well. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may!
  2. I would have guessed a knife sharpener.
  3. That's what I was asking her about. When she realized what I was asking she gave me an explanatory brochure. It's doable, but looks like a bigger hassle than just waiting til I'm close to the credit union.
  4. So, I had a couple of checks to deposit in the credit union. The credit union is fairly off of my usual path of travel. I entered and went to the information desk, where sat a woman who looked like a young-to-middle aged librarian. After greeting her, I said "I've heard that it's possible to deposit checks through my phone. Can I do that here?" She said "You're here. You don't have to use your phone"
  5. I kiss my dogs. I'd probably kiss a pet raccoon - but not that one! Ugh!
  6. OldDad

    Kitten Care

    I have to disagree with something you said; Cats are not obstinate, they are independent. The old story is very telling; The dog looks at it's master and thinks "He feeds me, he protects me, he loves me. He must be God." The cat looks at it's "owner" and thinks "He feeds me, he protects me, he loves me. I must be God." I am a dog person who also loves cats. My wife is a cat person who also loves dogs. We have both. Quite some years ago a feral mama cat had a litter somewhere around our property. I went out and tried to make friends with the (not yet weened) kittens. All but one ran away. The one that came to me looked like a Siamese. We took it in, got it vetted, and bottle fed it. What a great cat! Very loving. What was interesting to me was the difference between that cat and its siblings that remained feral. Our cat grew long and sleek. The feral kittens grew into stubby, wildcat-looking animals. We eventually had to trap the feral cats and turn them in to a rescue. They were predating on the birds and crapping in our gardens. I imagine they were eventually euthanized. We are firm believers in keeping our cats indoors at all times. They will be healthier and will almost invariably live longer lives. Some people say "But he wants to go outside." Well, phooey. Your child may want to play in the roaring river but you don't let that happen.
  7. My wife went to the garden center to buy some plants and some new garden gloves. She approached the counter, behind which was the saleswoman and her kindergarten-aged son. My wife asked the salesperson "Do you have garden gloves?" The little boy piped up with "She doesn't need gloves to run the cash register."
  8. Well-meaning friends of my folks would ask "How's your mother doing?" What was I supposed to say "She's going through living hell?" I'd say "Well, she's healthy." They'd say "Oh, that's a blessing!" No, no it wasn't.
  9. That's right. I was told by the eye doc that glass filters out better than 99% of the UV. I got the ultra-sensitive transitions lenses which do darken a little in the car. They're great!
  10. You are certainly right about denial. When my mother started showing signs of memory loss we desperately tried to ascribe her symptoms to normal aging. Even after ten years or more of decline, to the point of severe dementia, and after many support group meetings, professional presentations, etc., my dad said to me "You know, I don't know if your mother is going to get better." He was a very intelligent man and had been presented with all the facts and prognosis. Nevertheless, he held out hope that she would "get better." The question here is Is this dementia or delirium. Dementia is permanent and progressive, delirium is temporary and can perhaps be treated. We don't know the patient's history or how the family has reacted. She may have dementia; I just doubt it's Alzheimer's. You can take my opinion for just what you paid for it.
  11. The OP said that " This has happened before and they got over it but it was not this bad." A patient doesn't "get over" Alzheimer's - the symptoms may level off for awhile, but generally do not improve. On the other hand, people with vascular dementia may improve between CVAs. Of course the overall decline is inexorable. Also, Alzheimer's is not characterized by visual hallucinations. Some other dementias are (e.g. Lewy Body Dementia.) Those dementias also do not appear "fairly quickly." I am not a doctor, but have had 33 years experience with and study of dementia, both within my own family and, for 17 years, my work with residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. I know whereof I speak.
  12. The OP said that these symptoms appeared suddenly. Alzheimer's never does. A stroke or similar CVA could cause sudden onset of vascular dementia.
  13. I'm sure this has been checked, but has there been any recent change in her medications? For example, Metformin can cause insomnia, loss of appetite, diarrhea. There are also drug interactions to consider. I'm not a doc by any stretch of the imagination, but I do work with the elderly.
  14. The lab should supply you with a sterile sample jar. Getting the sample might be a problem, though.
  15. You did not mention the age of the patient. In the elderly, especially women, relatively sudden cognitive problems are often (perhaps usually) due to UTI. A simple dipstick test will not always detect UTI.
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