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Emo bunnies, zombies, rainbows, an unholy cow and sugar plum fairies dance across the pages. Caution, these stories are not for the sane of heart. He prefer Five short stories combined into one collection, written for demented children and adults too. He preferred gloomy days, walks over a cliff and misery of any sort. One day he saw something very unusual. Normally he'd take a nap and try to forget about it, but for some reason he took an interest.
Then things happened. Emo the Bunny hated it when things happened. He finds a lost boy instead. When the boy asks nicely for help getting to his home in the village, Zachary agrees. Things are bound to go wrong when a magical stag, a pretty woman at the edge of a cliff, a party in the cemetery and villagers with torches and pitchforks are mixed with a craving for brainsss. Born from light and moisture, they have expanded along with galaxies and other cosmic goo.
They only die from the destruction of worlds, absence of moisture or the long loss of light. Many are ancient, being nearly as old as the universe itself. Others are young, only born moments ago. All are beautiful, although many beings in the universe think them to be evil bearers of bad tidings and illness. This is the story of one rainbow, neither ancient nor young. They creep through nighttime pastures, looking for the next opportunity to make the world a worse place to live. They have never let her go trick or treating. Runyx the Unholy Cow is about to change that.
To make matters worse, the North Pole is freezing, they have to wear skimpy outfits and their poor little legs get worn out quickly. When the Elvin Labor Union was formed, the poor little fairies were left out of any sort of fair bargaining agreement. The time has come for all of that to change.
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For instance one man who may well have lost his job because he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's was diagnosed as suffering from depression. This mistake is particularly likely to happen when the person developing dementia is young. It really starts in the summer of when I took early retirement from teaching. My marriage had been in trouble for some eight years then and one of my motives was the thought that if I got away from the stress of teaching I might actually be able to help the marriage as well.
Unfortunately at that same point and in fact three weeks before I retired [my husband] was made redundant with, retired on redundancy grounds and so he was home just before me and while I jumped he was pushed. And he was very distressed about that, partly because he was working in the Health Service and his job was not going to be done anymore and he was working in the community with people who he felt really needed him and who were essentially going to be abandoned. And the reason for that preamble is that this is why his dementia masqueraded as depression and was thought to be depression for a long time.
And I saw his behaviour to me which was increasingly angry and often bordering on hatred, as the thing that I had chosen to retire. I had, I'd been counselling with Relate Marriage Guidance for twenty years so I had set up in private practice and my retirement was really going and his was a shambles. And so it was some time before we realised what was really wrong. Ironically in those first few months he became an advocate for the Alzheimer's Society.
And he actually went into the, one of the local nursing homes and saw conditions there and he also saw what Alzheimer's looked like at close, close to. And he I suspected it quite early on. I can remember lying in bed and freezing and thinking 'No, no it can't be this'. And it was probably a couple of months after that, that he said 'I wonder if I've got Alzheimer's? I mentioned in the written thing that he would come into the house, he would open up all the windows and go out again. He would lose things. We had a holiday booked for New Zealand and he completely sabotaged the bookings.
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And it all, there was the thing, is this just, is this anger, is this depression or is this Alzheimer's? And so the doctor arranged for him to see a neurologist who said 'No, it was depression' and arranged for him to see a psychologist who did tests and who said, 'No, this was depression'. When I think back on the results of those tests, no way did they represent depression. They were very specific losses of memory but she made a good case for this only being depression.
Looking back why did it take two years of problems? He was diagnosed as having endogenous depression for which he took the appropriate pills. Because it turned out that the most significant thing that he couldn't do was to read the music especially tracking from line to line. But to go back to the question, why did it take two years, I think for someone aged 50, dementia was not on their agenda, so a whole lot of other things had to be ruled out.
Eventually when he went to [town] and got lost driving in familiar surroundings, then that really rang alarm bells and I took him straight off to the doctor again.
In some cases there was evidence that the person developing Alzheimer's was aware that something was happening to them that they were unable to explain. The first indication of any problems was probably about nine years ago. Very minor things happened. My wife became less reliable than she had been when asked to do anything. She would cease to, the house, little things in the house were not as clean as they were before. Small things to start with which were noticeable because she had been meticulously clean always. And then she started to ask me 'Who was that? And then when I tried to explain who they were very often it didn't seem to ring a bell at all with her.
Then we decided it would be as well to see the GP about all this and the GP suggested that another appointment of about twenty minutes, and he suggested she almost certainly was starting to develop Alzheimer's disease which was a fear she'd had, she'd expressed a fear of this, a vague fear previously. But eventually her behaviour changed, her character changed, she would get up in the middle of the night, put anything on the stove without, without any liquids in it, or plastic items melted and had to be thrown out.
She would sit downstairs in a cold house without any heating on; with a little persuasion go back to bed. All these kind of things went on and on and then she started to go off on, not just wandering, very positively to take herself off to somewhere with intention of going somewhere quite logical but without any hope of achieving the destination because of the distance that was involved.
In one case she was setting off to go one hundred and seventy miles - on foot - to, to where she came, the town she came from, which was obviously, the direction was right, she was eight miles away when she was picked up, still going strong but the, it was impossible for her to reach the destination. Anything could have happened to her on the road. All these, these kind of things went on and on and on, gradually getting worse. She wrote little notes which I found, or kept finding, long, a long time afterwards tucked away' 'Whatever's happening to me?
Have I got Alzheimer's? One day she was, we found her tying the gates of an old disused cemetery quite close to home, very overgrown. She knew about this cemetery but she was tying the gates with her, from the inside. And I brought her home and asked her what, what on earth she was really doing and she said 'I want to die. She realised there were big problems coming and she was very worried about it and that's what she said.
One carer expressed relief that her husband's condition had deteriorated meant that there was less risk that he might be aware of what was happening to him. Another expressed fears that for a diagnosis to be given early in the disease might result in the patient wanting to kill themselves.
Moving house or even staying somewhere unfamiliar sometimes seemed to expose difficulties which had not previously been recognised. Sometimes a holiday lead to what seemed to be the first symptoms of dementia. One carer described how she thought her husband was joking when he woke up while on holiday in Rhodes and seemed not to know who she was. A daughter whose mother was fiercely resistant to any suggestion that there was a problem describes her getting lost on the way home from Australia and ending up in Greece.
One time my mother decided to go to Australia for Christmas, because Christmas is always a problem in our family with my parents being separated. So, this particular year, I think it was about , mother decided to go to Australia for Christmas to spend Christmas with a nephew, flew out there. Ten days later decided she didn't like it and was coming home again. So they had to phone us from Australia, to say she was coming back.
We, my sister and I, went to meet her at the Heathrow and she never arrived. So after meeting three planes and she wasn't on them, we didn't quite know what to do, so we came back here and I reported her missing to the local police. And the Police said that if we haven't heard anything in twenty four hours, we'd get Interpol. Anyhow, at quarter to five that night, my sister's daughter phoned and said the British Consul in Athens has found granny, can someone go out and rescue her?
I think the cheapest way to go out to Australia was to go to Athens and then change planes. They were absolutely marvellous. I went on the half past eleven plane from Heathrow, picked up the tickets there. But the British Consul couldn't hang on to her because she had to go to a 'do' at the Embassy, and mother wouldn't go to a hotel.
So in the end she put her in an all night police station. She gave me the address, so when I got to Athens, I grabbed a taxi, showed the taxi driver this address and he took me to this police station. He was very good. He waited to make sure that the police let me in and they had barricaded the door to keep mother in. And so at half past six in the morning I picked her up and we were wandering around Athens trying to look for her suitcase.
She couldn't remember where she'd left it. We didn't quite know what to do, because Thomas Cook's said that we could have gone back on the same plane, but they said in case there's a problem, its only an hour and a half turn around, so they booked me back on an afternoon plane.fr.enuhelidirev.tk
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We stayed in that room and then came home that night. But it was marvellous, mother had all her money; she required a coat, apparently, because her luggage had gone missing and she hadn't got a warm coat, somebody had taken her to a shop to buy one. And she had some sort of story of having been given a night's stay by strangers, but we never discovered what happened to her hand luggage, and her main luggage turned up three months later. One woman who had a strong family history of Alzheimer's disease recognised her own early dementia when she became confused while driving and later when on holiday abroad.
In the case of my wife and myself we were I suppose, should I say, fortunate in that two of her aunts developed dementia in their 70s so it was not a new experience for us although we never thought that we would be personally involved. But we first noticed it when my wife was driving. We used to drive down to Spain for the winter and my wife was a very, very good, very confident driver so the way we did it was one of us would drive for 2 hours while the other one would have a snooze in the back seat and that way we used to do the miles down to Malaga very often in a day.
And on one occasion fortunately I wasn't snoozing in the back I was sitting in the passenger seat when we came to a large traffic island and my wife suddenly said "Which way do I go round? Then we didn't think too much about it at the time except that occasionally she said she had wavy lines in front of her eyes which was a type of migraine and it passed if she lay down for a little while but it was evidently something more serious. And then in I think it would be about October 91, we flew out to Kuala Lumpur to see our son who was working out there and while we were staying there my wife began to lose her way between the block of apartments where we were staying and the restaurant over the road where we used to go to breakfast every morning.
We would set off and she wasn't sure which way to turn. So when we got home we talked about this and said you know well this is what happened to Auntie Madge and Auntie Renee we'd better do something about it.
And my wife said "Yes what do we do? Another situation which may lead to recognition of a problem which may have been progressing unnoticed for some time is a visit from a family member or friend who hasn't seen the affected person for some time. A doctor concerned about his previously independent professional mother describes her panic when she realised that she no longer knew how to care for her young grandchild. A husband who had spent several years hoping that he was wrong about his wife's condition was unable to ignore symptoms apparent on a visit to their son and his wife.
I remember the first time my daughter really noticed a problem was we went up to look after their son who was about 2 years old in I think '95, yes January '95 while she had her daughter. And [my wife] was still fine for cooking and things like that. I mean I'd married her partly because she was a catering officer! I knew I'd get well looked after! And [my daughter] said to me after we were staying in the house, after she'd come back from the hospital' 'Mum's saying some peculiar things and her concentration's going.
And [my wife] suddenly out of the blue said 'Oh I remember when we did so and so in Italy,' and I knew and [my daughter] knew - my daughter - that she'd never been to Italy. And that's where [my daughter] first picked up signs that something wasn't quite right. And the other thing that occurred which is so typical I realise now is when she was asked to cook so and so for lunch or do something, a quarter of an hour later she'd have to refresh her memory over it, ask [my daughter] again exactly what she wanted. So I suppose '95, January '95 we really began to realise that things weren't going to go back to normal.
But this was I think about four years after the original worry when [my wife] herself had worried about the fact that she was tending to forget birthdays and things like that. In later summaries we will describe the processes undertaken to establish a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and the symptoms commonly found during the middle and late stages of the disease. Last reviewed July Last updated March Please use the form below to tell us what you think of the site.
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Describes warning signs and his wife's reluctance to find out what was wrong. Failure of close person to recognise the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Her husband was having difficulty reading and later with finding words. Diagnosis was missed for two years when he was thought to be suffering from depression. He realised that his wife was aware that something was happening to her.
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