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January 07, 2010

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Danny George

hey Mona, I was going to comment on this story. Glad that Bill Theis is reining in the madness, as are most "experts" quoted in the various stories I've seen. Amazing how the media seizes upon these incidental studies on 90 mice!

DORIS WILLIAMS

MY HUSBAND HAD AN UNUSUAL EXPERIENCE AFTER HURRICANE CHARLIE IN 2004, OUR HOME WAS DESTROYED AND WE ENDED UP BEING OUT OF THERE FOR 11 MONTHS. ALSO, HE HAD JUST HAD LOWER BACK SURGERY AND ANOTHER ONE WAS PENDING. THE UNUSUAL EXPERIENCE IS THAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR "SOMETHING" COULD NOT TELL WHAT THAT "SOMETHING" WAS AND WOULD NOT STOP SEARCHING BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE. HE BECAME SO FRUSTRATED THAT HE COULD NOT FIND THIS SOMETHING AND COULD NOT EXPLAIN WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR THAT HE STARTED TO CRY. I TOOK HIM TO THE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM AND THEY DIAGNOSED HIM WITH A TIA. WITH THIS DIAGNOSIS OF TIA STILL WEIGHING ON MY MIND, I TOOK HIM TO SEE A NEUROLOGIST EARLY 2005 WHO DID A PET SCAN AND STATED THAT HE HAS ALZHEIMER'S AND STARTED HIM ON ARICEPT WHICH HE IS STILL TAKING. HIS AGE AT THAT TIME WAS 64. UNTIL NOW HE HAS SHOWN NO SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS OF ALZHEIMER'S HE IS VERY SHARP AND ORIENTED; HOWEVER, AT TIMES HE BECOMES VERY QUIET AND WHEN THIS HAPPENS HE SEEMS TO LOOSE HIS APPITITE. HE CANNOT EXPLAIN WHAT HE IS FEELING, HE JUST SAY, "I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS I JUST GET THIS WEIRD FEELING THAT I CANNOT EXPLAIN". HE FORGETS MINOR THINGS INFREQUENTLY. HE WILL BE 70 YEARS OLD IN 7/2010. DO YOU THINK HE INDEED HAS ALZHEIMER'S?

I MENTIONED THE HURRICANE, BACK SURGERIES PLUS THERE WERE OTHER STRESSORS GOING ON DURING THAT TIME, WONDERING IF THOSE EVENTS COULD TRIGGER THE EPISODE HE EXPERIENCED.

SINCERELY,

DORIS.

Mona Johnson

Doris, I'm sorry to hear about your husband's experiences. I'm not a healthcare professional, and am no qualified to answer your question. If it were me, I might seek a second opinion. I'm not sure where in Florida you are, but a memory disorders center would be a good place to start.

Good luck and I hope your husband is feeling better.

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