Friday, February 17, 2023

Bruce Willis and Dementia

 This is difficult to talk about so I'm going to jump right in.  

For some time I have been concerned about my brain.  I have been a lifelong reader but it is very hard for me to read now.  It is not that I cannot comprehend what I am reading but it is hard for me to absorb it.  My brain doesn't feel right about understanding and saving the information.  

I did talk to my doctors over the years, and this has gotten slowly, slowly worse, but my doctor said essentially there are so many things that can go wrong with the brain besides dementia. Case in point is the lack of oxygen to the brain by diabetes.  

I really can't remember what I read about diabetes and the brain but just guessing I might be a prime candidate.  

My birthday is this week and I will be 73.  Shit!  Guess that is old enough for a lot of my brain and body to start falling apart. Ha. 

I've been meaning to explain why I don't read or respond as much anymore.  I can only say it makes my brain feel uncomfortable.  

I have both my doctor appointments in early March.  I will talk to them again, just to make sure they are watching out for me.  

I'm not going to fret over it although I would share the old saying, "Of all the things I've lost, I miss my brain the most." 

Worst case scenario, I've got my guide dog. 

Hahaha.  Not Buddy but it looks and sounds like him.  

More later .... 

Monday, February 13, 2023

Oh Where Oh Where has Barbara been?

 Hi again.  Thanks Marie for giving me a nudge.  It has been quite a while but not much has been happening to write about.  

Buddy and I are doing well and still like the apartment. We've had some nice cool weather so the Grand Girls insisted we buy Buddy a new winter coat and some socks.  

They are still painting and improving the apartment complex, making me nervous after my old apartments were sold out from under us. 

My blood sugar is doing relatively well.  Although the other day I forgot to charge my insulin pump so it shut down and quit releasing insulin.  I \woke up with sky-high blood sugar.  Lesson learned.  Like an EV car, I can only run so far without plugging in.  

Buddy and I did go to a nearby dog park recently.  He was pretty good except his preference was to run up and down the fence line separating the little dogs and big dogs barking at all the big dogs and darned if they didn't come over to check him out.  

I haven't been entering any contests so no wins to report.  I did read a great book which I can recommend entitled Picture in the Sand by Peter Blauner.  It is set in 1950s Egypt during the time Cecil B DeMille was there filming The Ten Commandments.  

That's it for now.  More later ....