An update on my Alzheimer’s

I feel I ought to stop and have a think about any changes I am noticing.  Well, I think my Fibromyalgia pain has got a lot worse.  We went to the Crick Boat Show and walked round for three hours, just pottering nothing strenuous.  We chose to look around one of the narrowboats built by Wharf House Boats who build bespoke boats that are simply beautiful.  As I climbed into the cratch (front of boat) and sat on the side to have the paper shoes on the muscles in my thighs screamed in pain, getting out was worse.  The distance I can walk comfortably has noticeably changed since last year.  I keep saying that it is because we have not had enough exercise to keep supple, but the truth is we do walk as much as we can.  If we do stay in, I am up and cooking every day, which counts for up to an hour with activity.  My consultant did say that she thinks there is a link with problems such as Fibromyalgia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Today my throat is sore, my glands hurt and I can feel a heaviness when I breathe; hayfever.  I have only experienced this over the past couple of years, although this year feels worse.  My voice is so husky I could do a good rendition of ‘I was born under a wandering star’ sung by Lee Marvin one of the deepest voices ever!  My neck is painful, but I know it will go once all of the oil seed rape and tree pollen has dissipated.

My home
My home
Where's mine?
Where’s mine?
Boating friends
Boating friends

We sat out with our friends and their dogs on the bench overlooking the marina last night and someone made a joke about a refill of beer/lemonade, but I thought they were being serious and offered some of my lemonade.  When they commented they meant beer, I felt a bit embarrassed inside.  I am aware when I mistake some comment or joke for a serious comment, and that upsets me, it is as if my conscious self can only watch as the automatic self, make mistakes.

I have also noticed that my vision is not as clear, I cannot explain what the difference is but it is different.  Sometimes reading is hard, and I struggle to follow a story because the physical act of reading the words is more difficult.  Reading involves scanning the words either side which are in the peripheral vision linking each one to the last and ahead.  Maybe the processing of the semantics of the words is becoming slower than the visual match, which would confuse my ability to read fluently.  I have always been a fast reader; scanning the sentences rather than read each individual word slowly and maybe this is something that I will have to learn to do now.   I love reading but have to start and finish a book without a break so I understand and remember the characters and plot in the story.  So once I start a book I literally can’t put it down.  When I write  I am speaking the words in my head and not on paper, but can often miss words out when I am typing even though I have spoken them in my head.

I am also letting go of worrying about things I cannot control.  I cannot control how my family deal with life and me.  I used to worry about my daughter, wanting to protect her from all of the harshness of life, now I leave her to sort things out without me.  She has always come to me when there are problems; I can still point her in the right direction, but will no longer be actively involved because I recognise that I cannot.  I simply don’t have the mental resources anymore.  I have always lived my life with guilt (a legacy of my mother), did I do enough; was I a good mother/bad mother; what if I don’t help her sort things out?  However, I have got the psychology degree and know that I am the ‘good enough’ mother which is all we can hope to be, we give children the rules and the tools, and it’s up to them to learn how to use them alone.

Author: Gill

I read books and review them. Books are my escape. I have always loved books. I write a blog, I get involved where and when I can in things I feel that are important. I also have Alzheimer's Disease but it does not define who I am. I am in the early stages so you may not notice. So, I will tell you how it is.

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