Monthly Archives: February 2016

the next big thing ?

maybe the next really huge thing that will make planet Earth a better place to live and more of its inhabitants financially secure may be the following:

Some brilliant folks will figure out how to solve some of our biggest problems and they will design ways to solve them, and that may create a lot of jobs.

Some of the problems include, but are not limited to, incurable disease, lack of food and lack of clean water.

We also have a lot work to do, to improve the quality of life, for the years we have added to our lives. In the end, that will allow us to feel productive longer and not be a drain.

Alzheimer’s has shown us some things we have to work. We are living so much longer and we have learned about the problems associated with that, and their are many.

This is all, of course, up to God, how long we have, but just in case his time is a whole longer than we seem to expect, maybe we should plan some. He made us with the ability to.

I think we are in for big changes and exciting times.

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this really bothers me . . . . .

this is my opinion, and it was formed by me.

I think the reason pancreatic cancer does not get much money for research is this. In the grand scheme of things, it does not cost the government much. Diagnosed usually in the latter stages and death comes quick. I think that any progress being made is because of private funding.

I have no answer for this problem as I see it, but that’s a heck of a process, if I am right.

Alzheimer’s disease is getting very expensive for the government. That will help bring research money to bear.

We need brilliant engineers, architects and planners to design systems to solve problems. It seems like implementation of these plans could even create jobs.

an interesting quote . . . . .

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, February 29th, 2016 blog post

even with his unexpected pain today, and the 3 hours getting him checked out, I still have that feeling, ya know, that my trip across America may resume soon. Mom’s husband is still fighting to regain enough strength to walk again.

Got in some miles on Charity Miles today. Some were in downtown Macon, and some out in the country. I had my two grand niece’s with me for two of the miles. We all enjoyed the activity and each other.

Things are going well. This delay is just part of life. It’s good to be here.

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taken on U. S. Highway 80

Monday, February 29th photos

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downtown Macon, Georgia

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just west of Roberta, Georgia on Highway 80

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myself and my brother's grandchildren near Roberta

Mom’s husband . . . . .

He woke up with tremendous pain in his left arm and shoulder. The nurse came to the house and spoke with his heart doctor, after her examination of him. We are at the office of the heart doctor and have been here for some time now.

Posting this for future reference, as it may affect the timing of my trip across America.

They performed an EKG and found nothing wrong with the heart. We are all very relieved and heading home.

He told me the ups and downs are hard.

I tell ya though. He has a strong spirit. He is trying to hang on. He is 88 years old.

Red tailed hawk & alzheimers

A few years ago I was asked to pick up a red tailed hawk. It was behind a small shopping center a few miles away and had flown into a guy wire that supported a telephone pole. I arrived, found the hawk trying to stand. She kept falling over. She was trying so hard to fly. I put the hawk in a box and drove to Amicalola Falls. I turned it over to Lauretta, the rehabilitation lady. We both knew it was bad.

The beautiful hawk that had once sat in trees searching for prey, could now barely hold its head up. I remember thinking, at that time, that this bird had once been quite a site to see. She died while I was holding her.

I once visited an alzheimers unit and the director told me of the lives of each person in the facility. Metaphorically speaking, each had sat in trees living and experiencing life and each had been quite a sight to see.

Dying is certainly a part of living.

I post this because it came to mind this morning.

This magnificent hawk tried so hard to fly, even with her wing cut almost completely off.

A quote from the book Momentum

Go get em: It’s your time! Make it a truly “world class” life, athlete.

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From the NIH website . . . . .

Jestene McCord suspected she was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) even before being diagnosed. And she had no intention of sitting still for it.

For most of her career as a geriatric nurse and nurse administrator in Milwaukee, Jestene had cared for the elderly. Many of them had Alzheimer’s disease. She didn’t let those patients sit still for it, either. “I always believed—and taught my staff—you use it, or you lose it. So, I took my Alzheimer’s patients places. I never let them sit around and feel sorry for themselves.

The staying busy aspect can be read of in many places. Research says it’s important.

Here is a link to an article from the Mayo Clinic website.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/alzheimers-disease/expert-answers/faq-20057881

This post is meant to make folks think and do their own research and then decide.

February 28th, 2016 blog post

Pausing this cross country trip to help my family may be one of the greatest challenges I have ever undertaken. The cool part is getting close to mom.

Little did I know on January 1st that I would become a part time caregiver.

God has left no doubt in my mind that he is totally in charge.

When I first arrived here, with these circumstances, I doubted that I could handle the job. I was wrong. I am helping mom, and I continue on with my personal advocacy.

What I have been doing for the last 45 months is very personal. I am fighting alzheimers.