Alzheimer’s Study Number 14

Well now here’s a pickle. Christine, my case manager, called the day before Thanksgiving. Sadly, this was not to wish me a happy holiday. She told me that there was a conference in Barcelona. One of the goals of the conference was to allow researchers to share information. Two researchers shared their failures and why […]

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Alzheimer’s Clinical trial entries 9, 10 and 11

NUMBER 9 I no longer qualify for long term care insurance. If I had applied last year—no problem. Now, the agent I was discussing this with practically had a heart attack over the phone. She halfway counseled me to withhold information about the clinical trial without coming right out and saying, “Don’t tell.”  According to […]

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ALZHEIMER’S STUDY ENTRY NUMBER 8

My blood pressure is normal! Best side effect ever. I have struggled with low blood pressure all my life, the kind of stand-up-too-fast-and-faint blood pressure. I laugh at the doctor shows when someone anxiously says, “His BP is 80 over 50. He’s going into shock.” Hah, unmedicated, I walk around all day with 75/45. Granted […]

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ALZ Trial-sixth visit

This was the day that I met with the doctor. This was the day that I found out if I qualified for the study, if my brain was already showing suspicious signs of potential disease. My friend, Larry, drove me to the office because I wasn’t sure of my reaction to the news and was […]

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ALZ Study, Fifth visit

This is the big one, the PET scan, the one that tells me if I have plaques and tangles in my brain. I am anxious. They can’t tell me much but this is the door. If I step through, I will have a better idea about my odds of getting Alzheimers. The more plaques they […]

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