Spinal tap is scheduled for November 7th. One thing I can say about my neuro guy - he is leaving no stone unturned, and he knows me well enough to know that I am conversant with what's going on and he speaks plainly and without soft-pedalling anything.
The weekend was uneventful as far as any symptoms or anything out of the norm. Only a few people know about this, which I do not think will always be the case. I don't talk about myself with that many people......
Here are some helpful places for more information on Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's Association: http://www.alz.org/ 1-800-272-3900
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center: (ADEAR) http://www.alzheimers.org/ 1-800-438-4380
Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA): www. alzfdn.org 1-866-232-8484
Administration on Aging (AoA) (Department of Health and Human Services): http://www.aoa.gov/ 1-202 619-0724
The National Family Caregiver Association (NFCA): http://www.nfcacares.org/ 1-800-896-3650
The last entry being the one for your caregiver to visit for support and AD education.
If you live alone (as I do) you may want to have someone check on you via the phone regularly. I have a brother who will do this for me, and he and I will work out a few questions he can ask to gauge my capacities.
Above all, one must remember that this isn't a reason for lying down and giving up. No, there's not a cure, but research is ongoing and there's a very good chance that the medication one is prescribed will be all that is needed to help with daily activities.
Counselling is a great way to get help if one needs a little extra.
In short, avail yourself of all support. You need not be alone in this.
Till next time.