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Friday, September 30, 2011

Couple Of Things

Thing 1

Is anyone having trouble posting comments on my blog? If you are, then I may have fixed it, I don't know, we'll just have to try and see, okay? If you're filtering out 3rd party cookies, this may be why you can't post a comment, but if you use "anonymous" as your comment, it will let you post, but unless you give me some indication as to who you are, (username, whatever). I won't know.

So I apologize if you haven't been able to comment, but let's see if it's been fixed and try it out, please? Thanks!
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Thing 2

A couple of days ago, Dondra and I were talking about something innocuous, when she suddenly stopped and said, "We forgot our re-marriage anniversary, Bill!"

Well, I didn't know whether to laugh or put on a sad face until she began laughing, and it reminded me of what I told her on one of our previously-married anniversaries....

I love you so much, I will never pull away from your cold feet!'

When I told her that, there was a cute little song by Michael Franks called "Popsicle Toes", and it became Bill and Dondra's unofficial song:



Okay, the other part of that promise will take some 'splainin'.

I have never minded eating the ass-end of a loaf of bread, because that is where the "filet" of the bread is as far as I'm concerned. But since my Dad brought us to the USA and I got to know peanut butter, I have developed my very own PB recipe. Here's what you do:

Make sure you get the ass end of one end of the bread an stick it and the next piece in the toaster.

Now if you wanna be a pig, you can reach down the sack and get the second
ass end, but I don't recommend it, because that hand will render that whole loaf useless, coming out. Trust me, I know this for a fact, okay?

Oh! Forgot something. That ass-end is usually smaller so you'll have to turn it just right, so that when it pops out of the toaster, you can grab it. DO NOT go after it with a knife or a fork, or you and I will be taking harp lessons. If you can't grab it, unplug the toaster and THEN get it, but just know you've effed up the best PB sammich ever, because that piece of bread will be too cold to do what?

MELT THE PEANUT BUTTER on the bread!!!!

No kidding, y'all. A warm peanut butter on toast sammich, a cup of hot chocolate and Captain Kangaroo on the tv? It doesn't get any better than that in the cooling Autumn and Winter-Time.

Hope y'all have a great Autumn weekend.

D and I are hosting a small "Oktober Fest" party on Sunday, and we'll be sure to post pictures.

Did somebody say, "Peanut Butter????



Please don't forget the little ones who depend so much on us and our kindness.....
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Okay?

Thanks!

Bill

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Contacting Georgia Broadcast Media And Double Surgeries

Because our Alzheimer's Advocates are so very important to our efforts, we're planning a media "Blitz", and I'll be contacting radio stations everywhere here in Georgia and get them set up for Advocate recruitment. We'll be targeting all stations, both on the AM and FM bands, so if you live in Georgia and want to help by submitting a station near you, feel free to send me a note. If you don't know an address, don't worry about it, I'll do a search and get that for us.

Meanwhile, if you're considering Alzheimer's Advocacy, contact Kathy Simpson at the Atlanta chapter to get you started. Her e-mail is kathy.simpson@alz.org and her phone number is: (404) 728-1181.

We can use your help as well as any ideas, and the more advocates, the stronger we'll be in getting legislation passed that we so desperately need to help not only us patients, but our caregivers as well.

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Now the not-so-good news: Dondra and I both have degenerative disc disease in our necks, (don't ask me how that happened!) and we'll both require surgery, so I may be out of touch for a while, although D (who's hurting the worst) will go first, probably as early as next week. It's a procedure which involves an entrance into the neck for repair, so even after the surgery we'll be "laid up" for a few days. We've both been dealing with neck pain for about a year now, and it's just gotten too bad to work "through" it.

Because of this, I won't be able to do the Atlanta Marathon this year. I kept thinking "Well, they give you 6 hours to finish, Billy-Bob, and if you can't do it in 6 hours, you oughta just not run at all anymore." So next year, creek willin'.

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That's it: short and sweet. Don't forget the animals, please. Click the icon to feed 'em!

The Animal Rescue Site

Thanks and see ya's next time!

Bill

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thanks, Colin Worthington And Newstalk 1330 WLBB!!!!

World Alzheimer's Day 2011

Wednesday Sept. 21st (yesterday) 2011 was World Alzheimer's Day and, Colin had me on his Community Voice radio program for a 30 minute interview regarding  dementia and its attendant subject matter, such as symptoms, care giving, legislation and how I, personally, am dealing with having "Young Onset".

Thank you, Colin, for putting me at ease and making the whole 30 minutes flow so smoothly. I found I need not have been apprehensive about being on the other side of the microphone since I did your job back in the 20th century! It was especially appropriate being with you yesterday since the entire month of September is Alzheimer's Awareness Month.

On behalf of the Atlanta, Georgia Chapter of the Association, thanks for helping us spread the word!

PS: My wife thanks you for the compliment as she pulled into the station's parking lot: "I see your LOVELY wife is here to pick you up, Bill......."

I get into the car and she goes, "How come you can't say that stuff, honey???"

So yeah, thanks a lot, Dude!!!!  HAHAHA!
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Couple Of Updates

A couple of entries back I wrote that I'm chasing down some facts, figures and demographics on a couple of dementia subjects I've been curious about: Alzheimer's In The Workplace and Veterans With Alzheimer's.

Well, here are the updates on both: There aren't any!

See, those numbers are hard to track with any degree of accuracy because of the diagnosis factor. Someone may be at work with the disease, but hasn't been officially diagnosed because they're still undergoing testing and/or like me, be in denial.

In the case of our vets, well what were you thinking, Bill???? They're all over the place, man! They may be on the streets, homeless; they may be carrying that "monkey" around   self-treating, or last but not least, they're caught in "the system", waiting, waiting and waiting to  be seen, and just finally throw up their hands ans say "screw this" and leave.

Well you know what happens then, right? They get worse and worse, their marriage may break up and they may be misdiagnosed as having PTSS (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome).

So how is a guy supposed to get any definitive numbers from all of those variables?

If I ever do come up with some accurate facts and figures, I'll let ya know.
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Speaking Of Veterans.......

A few weeks ago I posted that a new Veteran's Hospital Satellite Center is being built here in Carrollton. I think that's going to be just great, and if everything's still mostly  "affirmative" with me at that time, I plan to volunteer my services there to help  my brothers find their way around or help them get where they're going. This would be a different kind of "volunteer" than the one I did in the 70's!! HA!
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Speaking Of Veterans, Pt II.....



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Thanks!

Bill

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Let's Have Us A Snort Of Insulin, Y'on't To?

Potpourri Day
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Got hold of  a news item a couple of days ago and I'll share it with you here. Apparently a new study shows that inhaled insulin can slow some of the effects of dementia, but there's a problem: nasally inhaled insulin was discontinued a few years ago, and of course, more study is needed. Here is the USA Today article.

As you might surmise, if you snort that stuff up your schnozz it gets to the brain quicker, therefore helping a patient faster. But again, "more studies are needed". I'd be the first in line for a trial, but as we all know anything new which might help us takes forever to hit the market. Meanwhile, our symptoms get worse. Don'tcha just love it?

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World Dementia Awareness Day Sept. 21st

Just a reminder: Please wear purple tomorrow to show your support for Research, Care and Legislation. Also don't forget the Alzheimer's Walks in your state and communities. Just go to www.alz.org to find a walk near you. We currently have 31 thousand teams in the US and 17 of those are in Georgia.  Also "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is playing for the Alzheimer's Association this week, the 19th-23rd.

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Alzheimer's Advocacy: We Need YOU!


Join us as an Alzheimer Advocate--as we speak with ONE VOICE--to educate elected officials, raise awareness, educate and support families, and raise funds for research. Please contact our local Association at 404-728-1181 to let them know you're ready to go to work. I have worked as an Advocate for 2 years and have learned so much and met some great people. We get together once a month (usually on the 3rd Wednesday) to have lunch, and you are invited. Our group is called "Forget Me Nots", and not only do we enjoy the fellowship, but we discuss legislation, upcoming events and latest research.

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Sandwiched Care
Y'all have read about this here before. It means the child of an Alzheimer's patient is not only taking care of that elderly parent, but also trying to take care of a family including the children.

Here's something I haven't mentioned: In many cases of Sandwiched Care who do you think sometimes has to take up the slack? Right. The caregiver's children, and that's just wrong. I don't mean it's wrong for them to do chores that help their Moms and Dads, it's wrong that they have to take over running the household while their parents try to work and take care of their demented parent (s).

Kids are for playing and having fun and advancing in school, not to be substitute parents. It's not the parents' fault. Actually, it's no one's fault that the children have to grow up so fast and do adult stuff, but when you look at the big picture here's what you see: 15 million caregivers providing  17  billion hours of unpaid care costing 202 billion dollars. That's quite a drain on the family budget for sure.

In 2008 a survey revealed that children of caregivers help with the care of the Alzheimer's patient. This is commendable, of course it is, because when they're adults they'll see a lot of dementia, and as I wrote before, I hope that the various types of dementias are taught in school as part of the Human Biology classes

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That's it for this blog entry. Enjoy the rest of the week and don't forget to click to feed, thanks!

Bill

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Monday, September 12, 2011

"I Can! I Will!"

I want to start the week off by reminding you that September is World Dementia Awareness Month, and link you to an excellent new website developed by Richard Taylor, PhD, who himself is a dementia patient: There are a lot of segments for you to read and become involved - just pick one (or more)!

This month is a time when we can all shine, especially caregivers and those who help us by championing the cause of research and legislation: Our Champions, as they are called. But it isn't just a special month out of the year that's important. This month should serve as a reminder that we need to be proactive year-round, because Alzheimer's/Dementia research is at a very low rung on the funding/research "ladder", and for a disease which is the 6th leading cause of death and the 10th in our nation which cannot be prevented or cured, this is unacceptable.

I've written before that the chances of you knowing someone with dementia are very high and they'll be higher very quickly, so this is another reason for all of us to act now and keep it up. Remember , the feds are looking to cut costs everywhere  and they don't need to cut our costs.
So, please take a look at Richard's site and see where you fit in. I guarantee you will find one and you and your ideas will be welcome!
I wish you a pleasant week coming up, and please spare a couple of seconds to click on my link to feed unwanted pets below.

Next Blog Entry: An update on Alzheimer's In The Workplace, and Veterans With Alzheimer's.
Thanks
Bill
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Friendship and 9/11/2001

I want to to tell y'all a story.

Everyone knows what happened on September 11, 2001 and everyone can tell you where they were and that they were doing on that day.

This isn't about that. This is about friends, but 9/11 plays a part, so I hope you'll read this and get something from it. I certainly did.

On that day, I was in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, my hometown. I was staying with one of  my best friends Peter and his family, but had gone shopping and so was unaware of what had happened until Harry, Peter's father in law, told me they'd been watching CNN about an airplane in the US hitting a building.

"So what?", I thought to myself. And then I sat down, and disbelief mixed with tears as I saw what had happened. My "Nephews" Hannes and Jonas came to my side and stayed with me until I had myself under control again.

Well, of course all planes home were grounded out of Frankfurt, but Peter and Petra (his wife) would not let me leave their home and sleep on the floor at Frankfurt airport. They insisted I remain with them, and that is what I did.

Mine and Peter's (and many others') favorite "Kneipe" (Pub) is Klaus' as he is out very favorite bartender, and all of the one and a half weeks I was there beyond my going home time, Klaus and my German "Stamm Tisch" friends took care of me in the evenings. On my last night these wonderful guys all stood up, crossed their hearts and sang the American National Anthem to me.

I don't have a picture of them doing that, but here is one of all of us together:

I guess you might be asking yourselves, "Well, what did you do the whole time you couldn't come home???"

Visited relatives (by train), went sightseeing and everywhere I went, especially N├╝rnberg, I saw shrines to all the souls who lost their lives on that dreadful day.
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These are my 2 best friends: Peter (beard) and Stefan. Both are musician/singers and have their own groups. Peter's is called "Time Out" and Stefan's is "Disharmonie".

What's going on in the pictures is my friend Tony had brought 4 bottles of Dos Equis beer (his favorite) thinking they would like it as well. In photo 2 you can see our reaction to the taste

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Here are my 2 friends with their respective groups. As you can tell, Stefan's is totally a capella and they are much in demand in Bavaria.


Time Out:

Disharmonie:

That's it. Till next time, stay safe and please don't forget to click below and feed the animals.

Thanks

Bill

The Animal Rescue Site

Friday, September 2, 2011

GO ALAN! You DA MAN!!!

Every once in a while you run across someone doing something that just inspires you, gives you initiative and makes you root for him and yourself.
This is the story of Alan Moore, a Viet Nam vet who went back to college and..... well I won't spoil it for you.....

It's Labor Day weekend and we have a couple of dangerous storms (one a hurricane) heading our way down here near the Gulf Coast. We never travel on holidays (unless it's to Germany) , so we're having guests over on Saturday for a holiday meal and some pickin' and grinnin'. It's been a long time since I've had someone to play guitar with and I'm looking forward to Bill and Suzette's visit very much.
After Irene and the fact that Lee is headed toward Louisiana makes me worry for those folks. They still haven't completely rebuilt from Katrina yet.
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An Alzheimer's joke:

A doctor got a call from a elderly blonde woman, who screamed “Doc, get over here, I’m in a lot of pain!”

The doctor raced to the woman’s house and saw that her ears were both badly burned. The doctor treated the burns, then asked her how it had happened.

The woman said sheepishly, ”Well, I was ironing the clothes, when a friend of mine called me up. I was so dumb! Instead of reaching for the phone, I held the hot iron up to my left ear and burned it.”

“Oh,” said the doctor. “Then, how did you burn the RIGHT ear?’

“Well,” the woman replied, “I had to call YOU, didn’t I?”
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Please remember that this month is Alzheimer's Month and be a hero for us. If you have a facebook page, please change your image to tell people you support Alzheimer's Research go here to see how you can help.
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Clumsy me. Bumping into doors, sides of tables... you name it and I've hit it, either with my foot or my side. It's not glasses - they're current. I think it's spatial disorientation. Sometimes I do it just walking from one place to another. I think that somehow my brain doesn't get the message to my right or left leg and I start to weave and sometimes almost fall.

People who see this think I'm drunk. Whatever. Why should I stop and explain? I do that enough, and I hate when that  comes out of my mouth! It make me think I'm trying to get people to feel sorry for me, so many times I just say nothing at all.
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Enjoy your holiday weekend, and those of you checking in internationally, enjoy your weekend as well. Please don't forget the animals and click on the icon below to feed them.
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Today is a beautiful day! Because YOU are a part of it - so sing along even even if you don't know German! Thanks mkl12 from the Straight Dope!


And here's another for your Oktoberfest from PSXer from Da DOPE!!!


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Thanks,

Bill