Floating Away From Those You Love

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For school I was asked to write seven diary entries from somebody who has alzheimers or who knew somebody with the disease. This is what I wrote. The biology teacher that assigned the work to us, cried when she read it and later asked if she could publish it in the annual school magazine. That doesn't happen often.

Chapter 2 (v.1) - Floating Away From Those You Love - Symptoms

Submitted: April 23, 2010

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Submitted: April 23, 2010



Saturday the 2nd of April 2006
Dear Diary
Petunia hasn't been herself since we found out she had SAD. Her symptoms are becoming more obvious. Or maybe it is because I know they are symptoms and not coincidences but anyway...She has vagueness in everyday conversations, she forgets to bathe quite often but insists she has and she has even been having problems following complex instructions and when she does finally understand them, she takes a while to complete these tasks.
The other day I walked in on her cooking and saw her trying to apply a chocolate spread on top of the roast. When I pointed out what she was doing she became all flustered and worried, I would nearly go as far as saying that she was having a panic attack. It took a while to calm her down and insist that our tea could be salvaged, but even when I had finally calmed herself down, I could see on her face that the episode had scared her. She has been doing things like this for a while now, but I did not know whether there was a reason for doing it or it was the symptoms, but now I know they are symptoms, I cannot help but notice them.
When I was doing the research I found some interesting information on a website, it was saying how Alzheimer's usually affects people that are over the age of 65. Petunia is nearly 87 now so that is okay. It was not only that but I found out what happens to the nerves of patients with SAD. I included a quote from a website I found that explains what happens to the nervous system of people with Alzheimer's.
"Alzheimer's cause deterioration of the brain by obliterating the nervous system. Once the nerve cells begin to deteriorate it causes a reductionof responses to other nerve cells. The condition spreads out causing chemical interruptions, the transmission of impulses slow, and finally tissues in the brain begin to get worse. "(http://www.alzheimer-advice.com/Alzheimer%20Disease%20and%20the%20Central%20Nervous%20System.php)


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