Gut Rumbles

June 07, 2006

i see it coming

My body has been falling apart on me for the past ten years. Lately, I've become convinced that I'm going crazy, too. Now I see the connection.

The first sign of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, may not be mental decline. Instead, it's quite likely to be physical decline, especially difficulty walking and maintaining balance.

That's the word from researchers at the University of Washington, who found in a study of more than 2,000 elderly people that declining physical symptoms were associated with an increased risk of developing dementia. What everyone thinks of as a brain ailment may actually be linked to physical fitness.

If that's true, I am doomed. I'm already semi-delusional. I don't have far to go to become a drooling, deranged idiot, who can't remember his own name and who wears a Depends diaper except for when he pisses in his bedroom closet at night because he mistook it for his bathroom. All the surgical scars, the vertigo and the screwed-up shoulders I have today are early warning signs of impending dementia.

I see it coming.


Does that mean when you're that far gone, that you'll become a Democrat?

Posted by: BobG on June 7, 2006 03:12 PM

For the record, I KNEW it was the closet.

Posted by: Yogimus on June 7, 2006 03:36 PM

Come and take a pitcher of a lion-kill and you will blog for another 20 years at least.
Dare you.

Posted by: KeesKennis on June 7, 2006 03:52 PM

Bad news, when you finally get there, you won't know it.
Good news, life will be so much easier when you see everything as a urinal.

Posted by: Terry on June 7, 2006 04:07 PM

You are far too demented to see it coming.

Posted by: Florida Bill on June 7, 2006 04:09 PM

Haaahahaha, you don't really think we BELIEVE that you're gonna go down like that, do ya?

Posted by: LL on June 7, 2006 06:31 PM

"All the surgical scars, the vertigo and the screwed-up shoulders I have today are early warning signs of impending dementia."

My shoulders have been killing me every morning for the last year from sleeping on them. Earlier this week I got out my giant Mayan hammock and hung it out on my screened in porch and started sleeping in it every night.

I wake up totally rested with no shoulder or sciatic pain or other stiffness or soreness in my middle-aged body. It's amazing.

Years ago, I should have hung it in my bedroom instead of buying an expensive bed and mattress.

Posted by: Sue Bob on June 7, 2006 06:35 PM

Yeah, well cover the rest of the article!! Quote: Here's the good news: Regular exercise may help stall the progression of dementia and even reduce the risk of ever getting it, an idea that is supported by previous research. Exercise serves as a protector by boosting blood flow to the brain. End quote. !!!
Extreme stress will cause similar symptoms -- you haven't had any of THAT for the last ten years, now have you? You're 53, for cryin' out loud! That's young. Just ask me -- I'm 56. Dementia, my ass. Oh, and BTW, here's an interesting factoid re: Alzheimers -- I have a friend who suffered major head trauma a few years back. Very smart gal, destroyed a lot of brain tissue in the accident, coma etc., after rehab quite well recovered and working on her PhD in spinal cord injuries. Sees a cutting-edge neurologist who says that apparently traumatic brain injury at a younger age seems to somehow lead to earlier onset Alzheimers. To slow that progression, he's put her on nicotine patches (since she doesn't smoke) Does something to the neural receptors to keep them firing right and not messing up. So just keep on smoking -- (I do!) We may die of lung cancer,but we'll remember every minute of it! Cancer doesn't scare me NEARLY as badly as does the thought of anything in the realm of Alzheimer's or senile dementia. When my mind goes I wanta go with it!!!

Posted by: Marianne on June 8, 2006 02:46 AM
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