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Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve as a justice on the United States Supreme Court and a critical swing vote for much of her tenure, revealed on Tuesday that she had dementia and had decided to withdraw from public life as the disease advanced.

In a letter addressed to “friends and fellow Americans,” Justice O’Connor, 88, wrote that she was told she had early-stage dementia “some time ago” and that doctors believed it was most likely Alzheimer’s disease.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/23/us/politics/sandra-day-oconnor-dementia-alzheimers.html

 

 

That sucks, she is going to spend her latter years completely oblivious to her place and importance in history. I have not known anyone with this disease, but it must be grueling to ensure for both the inflicted and their family.

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My biggest fear...dementia...god...everytime I cant remember someones name i have a small panic attack...here it comes...

Dementia isn't that bad for the afflicted, at least when it is advanced...it's the loved ones and caregivers who really suffer.

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Dementia isn't that bad for the afflicted, at least when it is advanced...it's the loved ones and caregivers who really suffer.

You are right. That is what they say.

 

But Trust me, you have to be knee-deep in it to be blissfully, permanently unaware. Even then, even towards end-stage, there are those moments of lucidity followed by flashes of panic where you know what's wrong, but are powerless to do anything about it.

 

It's a long slow Journey to get to the point of not being cognisant. Days filled with fear and Dreadful resignation.

 

Honest to Christ, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

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Trust me, you have to be knee-deep in it. But even then, even towards end-stage, there are those moments of lucidity followed by flashes of panic where you know what's wrong, but are powerless to do anything about it.

 

It's a long slow Journey to get to the point not being cognisant. Days filled with fear and Dreadful resignation.

 

Honest to Christ, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

Unless you've been diagnosed, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say I've had much more experience with demented patients. And like you, I've also taken care of elderly family members losing their faculties.

 

But it ain't worth getting into a pissing match over. Dementia sucks for everybody.

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You are right. That is what they say.

 

But Trust me, you have to be knee-deep in it to be blissfully, permanently unaware. Even then, even towards end-stage, there are those moments of lucidity followed by flashes of panic where you know what's wrong, but are powerless to do anything about it.

 

It's a long slow Journey to get to the point of not being cognisant. Days filled with fear and Dreadful resignation.

 

Honest to Christ, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

I would have to agree. My mother's best friend went through this with her husband. It was a living horror of pain and fear for both of them in opposite ways. I would go so far as say that one of the two being murdered or died tragically would be a far better fate.

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My grandmother spent her last ten years of her life in a focking nursing home. Didn't know anyone and couldn't even wipe her own ass. Fate worse than death.

 

We're more humane to our pets than we are fellow humans.

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Walnuts are supposed to be good for the ol melon, data suggest

 

Sprinkle on some turmeric and she'll be good to go by Tuesday. :thumbsup:

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My biggest fear...dementia...god...everytime I cant remember someones name i have a small panic attack...here it comes...

You should try to learn a second language. They say thats one of the best ways to keep your mind sharp. Forces you to kind of rewrire things.

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Unless you've been diagnosed, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say I've had much more experience with demented patients. And like you, I've also taken care of elderly family members losing their faculties.

 

But it ain't worth getting into a pissing match over. Dementia sucks for everybody.

You seem to be a specialist in everyfockingthing. :lol:

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You are right. That is what they say.

 

But Trust me, you have to be knee-deep in it to be blissfully, permanently unaware. Even then, even towards end-stage, there are those moments of lucidity followed by flashes of panic where you know what's wrong, but are powerless to do anything about it.

 

It's a long slow Journey to get to the point of not being cognisant. Days filled with fear and Dreadful resignation.

 

Honest to Christ, I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

 

Really? I know a few assh0les I hope get dementia and suffer horribly.

 

Perhaps you're a better person than me. :)

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Really? I know a few assh0les I hope get dementia and suffer horribly.

 

Perhaps you're a better person than me. :)

Eh, not where he was going and you know it

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My grandmother's sister had this, what a sorry way to grind out you final years. She never married, she was of an age where a large chunk of the prospective men got wiped out by WWII. It's quite tragic she never had her own kids as she had maternal instincts in droves, always knew what to do. She was good to me as a kid before it set in, lived across the street from her sister. In a lot of ways my relation to her was like that of a third co-equal grandmother.

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Dementia isn't that bad for the afflicted, at least when it is advanced...it's the loved ones and caregivers who really suffer.

What? You're a fawking idiot for saying that. I've been dealing with it for over six years. I've watched my mom suffer with it and she knows three days out of two that it's on her. She suffers and knows where it's going.

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What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's?

 

I think Alzheimer's is the one that slowly works its way through the brain leaving a trail of dead behind. First it is the memory and eventually it is the heart and lungs.

 

Dementia is just when you can't remember hit you don't actually die from it.

 

Maybe pen can correct me.

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What? You're a fawking idiot for saying that. I've been dealing with it for over six years. I've watched my mom suffer with it and she knows three days out of two that it's on her. She suffers and knows where it's going.

Its rough, but I’ll take it any day over something that makes my body worthless while my mind is still functional: things like Lou Gehrig’s disease, some strokes, emphysema, advanced cancer, kidney disease, etc.
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Maybe he will.

 

If not, maybe more later.

 

Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of brightlines and clear boundaries. So language gets thrown around pretty loosely.

 

I'm sure you can find resources online as well.

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Its rough, but Ill take it any day over something that makes my body worthless while my mind is still functional: things like Lou Gehrigs disease, some strokes, emphysema, advanced cancer, kidney disease, etc.

I hate playing the dumb games. You're full of sh!t.

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What's your specialty? I honestly don't remember.

 

you had it right

 

everything

 

and add in the fact that he doesn't have a car cause he rides a bike, and he seems like one of those dudes if you went to a party and said like hey did you see The Walking Dead last week, he would be like, psh I don't have a tv, I don't waste my time on that, I am better than you, and I read

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you had it right

 

everything

 

and add in the fact that he doesn't have a car cause he rides a bike, and he seems like one of those dudes if you went to a party and said like hey did you see The Walking Dead last week, he would be like, psh I don't have a tv, I don't waste my time on that, I am better than you, and I read

Internal medicine does involves aspects of adult medical care. Sorry that upsets you.

 

I have a car and tv, but walking dead sucks. And I rarely read anything other than medical journals.

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What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's?

I think Alzheimer's is the one that slowly works its way through the brain leaving a trail of dead behind. First it is the memory and eventually it is the heart and lungs.

Dementia is just when you can't remember ###### hit you don't actually die from it.

Maybe pen can correct me.

Dementia is a general term, referring to memory loss and impaired cognition. When advanced you lose control of the ability to care for yourself, and basic functions like toileting and swallowing.

 

Alzheimers is the most common type of dementia. It tends to be a little more slowly progressive than some other types, though the course is highly variable. The cause is poorly understood, but it is characterized by plaques and clumps of tangled nerves on brain biopsy.

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Internal medicine does involves aspects of adult medical care. Sorry that upsets you.

 

I have a car and tv, but walking dead sucks. And I rarely read anything other than medical journals.

 

I am not just talking medicine. I also said "seems"

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:lol:" Albuterol stat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Doc, she has chf, how bout some diuretics" :lol:

You disagree that internists have a broad knowledge base?

 

For the record, I have subspecialty training and a research degree as well, but dont want to make Tans detective work too easy.

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Youre out of your mind. Ask any doctor what they think.

 

Its only vague because you dont understand enough about medicine.

:lol: The good hospitalist's ask me what I think because they know I've spent more time with the patient and actually read the chart. :lol:

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Youre out of your mind. Ask any doctor what they think.

 

Its only vague because you dont understand enough about medicine.

I'd embarrass your hospitalist azz on the floor and critical care aspect of resp care

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