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General Discussion / Memory and Brain Health Test.......
« Last post by Pleeb on September 19, 2017, 03:16:46 AM »
Went to a community centre for a "brain health" and memory test for seniors.....administered by Baycrest.  A half hour or so test on a laptop.  BTW, some questions on mood today, and lately.

My test result - percentile - 1 out of a 100....I was shocked.


I can do the test again at home.  Below a certain score...they said to "see your doctor."

Mitigating factors (small)-
-hard to get used to laptop keyboard (I'm a fast typist)....hard to get used to "foreign" keyboards, like the desktop downstairs in my bldg
-can't remember the second reason!....boo hoo.

I know I didn't do well on matching faces and names part of the test......the only part of the test whereby they DIDN'T say if you did well or not

Not the end of the world, but I'm shocked....they handed out literature, but I don't want to read it yet.

I know I have trouble with names.....forgot "Baycrest" a few times....but I don't say the same thing over and over like proverbial elderly people do.
I'm 70.


Not the end of the world.


Peter


No one has ever commented on my memory.
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General Discussion / Re: It is hard to see that your son has a mental illness
« Last post by Dragonfly on September 17, 2017, 11:45:42 AM »
Thanks momfellinglost,
I am so glad that your son is doing so well and accepts his illness.
 
  I think my son realizes that he may have a mental illness. He has said as much. I have talked to him about it. My son says he will get help if the need arises. I am very close to my son so I think I would be able to see the signs if he had this illness.

My son's ex did not and did not try to understand my son's ups and downs and didn't really care about him. The girlfriend that he has now really cares about him. When he shuts down his feelings she will not let it go and makes him talk about them. I hope the relationship works out. She seems to be good for him.

Dragonfly
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General Discussion / blood test results as related to health problems
« Last post by Dragonfly on September 17, 2017, 11:27:43 AM »
Hi everyone,

This post has to do with two posts on the forum which have been addressed previously.

I went over my blood test results that I obtained from the lab that my kidney specialist ordered for me due to my chronic kidney disease.

These results made so much more sense to me. This is due to the fact that I received the spiral books on living with reduced kidney function and living with kidney failure. These explain the different functions in the body to look for when you have this disease. Once I looked at the results of the blood test I could see the normal results of a certain test and also see where my results were low or high. Some of these functions have already been described by my kidney specialist which has also helped greatly.

I hope I am making sense. Thanks again Paul for the websites on learning more about the kidneys and diseases. For me it always helps

when I know more about what is going on with my health. I don't always like the results but at least I know generally what is going on. Believe me I certainly don't know everything. I hope I am not sounding conceited.

Dragonfly
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General Discussion / information for people with chronic kidney disease
« Last post by Dragonfly on September 17, 2017, 11:11:08 AM »
Hi everyone,
I don't know if anyone is suffering from chronic kidney disease. I don't know if this is relevant to this forum. I believe I developed chronic kidney disease due to the use of lithium for 30 years. (I am now off of it) This may not be true for other people who are on lithium. I am also an insulin dependent diabetic type II which has a great effect on the kidneys.

Thank you Paul for the websites that you provided for information on chronic kidney disease. I contacted the kidney foundation and they sent me two excellent spiral bound books - one living with reduced kidney function and two living with kidney failure. The foundation also mentioned a forum that I could join. www.kidneyconnect.ca I have joined. There is also a website for eating right for the kidneys. www.kidneycommunitykitchen.ca  This information has been very helpful to me.

Dragonfly
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General Discussion / Re: It is hard to see that your son has a mental illness
« Last post by momfellinglost on September 16, 2017, 12:24:43 PM »
 I understand your fears. As a mom, daughter and sibling of someone who has mental illness I can relate. Have lived with treated and untreated mental illness that runs through my family we do tend to watch for the signs. I hope that you can have the difficult talk with your son about talking to a doctor. My son is Bi-polar 2 and know how important his meds are. He doesn't like the way he is with out them. It was a fight for a diganois but he is stable has two kids and is not perfect but he is a great adult. Life isn't always fair but doctors can be a life line. Try not to worry to much we can advise give info but not force.
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General Discussion / Re: welcome to anyone that wants to post here
« Last post by momfellinglost on September 16, 2017, 12:17:11 PM »
 I agree with the all the post this group could give lessons on acceptance and tolerance. I know sometimes how scary it can be to post to forums and it can take a while to make the move. And even if you are just a support person I hope you will post ask the question there is a wealth of not only knowledge but understanding here
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General Discussion / Re: "myth" of expired medications.....
« Last post by paulm on September 10, 2017, 11:49:55 PM »
Interesting article Peter. Thx for posting it. Take Care. paul m
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General Discussion / Re: have been on the forum about my problems a great deal lately
« Last post by paulm on September 10, 2017, 11:49:20 PM »
Hello Peace good luck with your referral. I also hope that you enjoy the birthday party. House sales and moving can be hectic and upsetting so I wish you the best of luck there too. Take Care. paul m
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General Discussion / Re: results of blood test
« Last post by paulm on September 10, 2017, 11:46:56 PM »
Hello Dragonfly. Where I get my blood work done is a sub lab to life labs so I can't get my results on line, but if I could I would.

 As Buddy Mack sez there are many reasons why a blood sample could be outside of a given range. However I do like to see my results so I bug my doctor(s) for them. The reason why I like to see my results are two fold. Take a kidney function test. I may be at the high end  of the acceptable range and one year later be at the low end of the acceptable range. ( labs generally uses three ranges , over, acceptable and under or some variation thereof, plus an actual number. ). If I go from being great to just barely acceptable I want to know why or I may want to ask for a retest to see if their was some reason for the difference.  My G.P. , who sees thousands of test results in a year has a tendency to say everything is fine as long as it's in the acceptable range.

 Plus, while I have every confidence in my G.P., he is human and human make mistakes. I'm sure that every morning dozens of those tests pour out of his fax machine and are under stuck under his nose for his review and I'm sure it's possible for him to miss something.

 In regards to the actual numbers I don't always understand them either, but I can understand the ranges that they usually give. For example if 1-10 is unacceptable and 11-20 is ok, but 21-30 is poor and my reading is 24 then I know I might have a problem. The same goes if my reading is 18 on one test and 6 mths later its 12 I might want to know why the big decrease.  Whereas my G.P. probably doesn't pull out my last blood test and compare the two. As long as it's in the acceptable range it's ok. 

 Sorry for the long winded explanation. Take Care. paul m
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General Discussion / Re: results of blood test
« Last post by Stenacron man on September 09, 2017, 12:51:27 PM »
I have done it for awhile. Be careful not to read to far into it till you see your doctor. You can and I did find YouTube videos by Dr's that explain the results. Just because a result is outside the reference range don't panic it could be from a fasting test as an example.


Buddy Mack.
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