September 21 was National Dementia Day. The color to be worn on that day was purple, to remember those suffering from the affliction. I could never wear purple since purple is the color of my University’s rival. I never liked purple anyway. Clothing aside, dementia is is an affliction that we all come face to face with some day, with ourselves or people we love. It is just that many people with a neurogenic bladder, at times, meet the ugly beast sooner that later.
There are so many diseases one can get, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Decease, HTLV1&2, Parkinson’s, to mention a few, that the symptoms of neurogenic bladder and bowel, are in tandem. So please forgive me if I tend to sweat if I lose count of the cards after a Canasta game or feel beyond confused with tech terms and systems with this blog. Maybe there is a little part of me that is wondering how much time I have before the other shoe to drops. Perhaps it already has.
A DNA test I took months ago said that I do not have the over the top marker for Alzheimer's. This means that I have a normal chance, just like anyone else to forget my way home, even though I have lived in the same house for a very long time. So far, so good I am able to keep up with the kids at school. Perhaps they do a lot for helping to keep my synapses clicking along.
I have heard the term brain fog, mentioned in research, on the websites where people compare symptoms, treatments, and concerns, with their medical issues. Brain fog can be explained by difficulty concentrating, completing tasks, and feeling spacey, confused or lost. These are issues that I can relate to, (if I have not eaten or gotten enough sleep). Are they a precursor to significant dementia? I am not sure about this part, but I do know that there is a definite correlation between neurological symptoms including dementia The web sites are; Patients like me and Medify. I would encourage you to take the time with both of these websites if you want to compare your symptoms with others.
I would be remiss if I did not write something about dementia and the neurogenic bladder because in many ways the two disabilities are very connected.
Stay sharp and more later…
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