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  • #16
    Originally posted by malbenbut View Post
    I can't workout what these posts are about.

    MBB
    MBB, you're not alone.

    Is this OT thread simply about cognition? Would think two medical issues, memory and cognition go hand-in-hand. It's not just an aging or anesthesia related issue either.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by danlb View Post
      As we get older, things just seem to get harder. My neighbor just hit 71 and is finding it more difficult each year to manage the frustrations of using his computer. Just yesterday he downloaded his tax software for the 15th year in a row, and this time he could not overcome the security settings that kept the download from installing. Fortunately, I could bail him out.

      I found this year that my beta blocker (prescribed 12 months ago) appeared to be causing cognitive problems. I went from winning 4/5 of the Words with Friends games to winning 1 in 5. I found myself forgetting what I was going to type in posts just like this. I found myself using inappropriate words... Soda when I meant milk. Cracker when I meant cookie, that kind of thing. When I stopped taking the Metoprolol those symptoms seemed to have diminished or disappeared.

      I wonder how many symptoms of "old age" are actually the drugs that do so much to keep us alive.

      Dan
      Yea I have heard of people going bat**** insane and off to the mental wards because nurses gave them medications that where *COMPLETELY* counter-indicated on their charts as "Will cause insanity due to conflict with (other medication shes taking)"

      Family comes in, screams at nurse, nurse tells family they have been in denial all this time and shes always been insane. Family learns of medication, tells nurse its counter-indicated, nurse does not care. Family gets women taken off medication after much argument, women regains sanity in about a week and is fit to live alone again.

      Somehow I think the best way to keep your sanity is google the medications they keep trying to prescribe you.
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      • #18
        A lot of prescribed medication labels have warnings about dizziness (if standing or sitting up quickly), operating machines, driving etc. which on the face of it seems to warn of the possibility of some possibility of functional (cognitive?) impairment.

        That pretty well puts the self-assessment and risk squarely in the lap of the medication user.

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        • #19
          I finally decided that my measure or "wellness" was going to be the windows computer game "Freecell". I found that my ability to win was near zero. Every day, I played Freecell. It took several months to get back to winning every game.
          I find myself in a line of work where the worker bees are inventive problem solvers, and management are uninspired by the book plodders. management sees the various solitaire games as just a waste of time. the worker bees can recognize the need for different strategies in every game, know to look long before making the first moves, and lament the fact that you can't lock out unwinnable Pyramid games.

          management would not recognize an unwinnable Pyramid game, which indicates a big hole in their thought processes. but they will never know because the uninspired by the book plodders will never waste their time playing the game.

          Somehow I think the best way to keep your sanity is google the medications they keep trying to prescribe you.
          cardiologist prescribes Furosemide
          Furosemide triggers pancreatitis
          gastroenterologist takes Furosemide off the meds list, but does not tell patient or cardiologist that he did it or why he did it.
          cardiologist says "WTF?" cardiologist prescribes Furosemide
          Furosemide triggers second bout of pancreatitis, bad enough to land me in the ICU.
          gastroenterologist takes Furosemide off the meds list, tells the patient but not the cardiologist.
          cardiologist says "WTF?" cardiologist prescribes Furosemide....
          Last edited by AD5MB; 02-09-2015, 09:00 PM.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by AD5MB View Post
            gastroenterologist takes Furosemide off the meds list, tells the patient but not the cardiologist.
            cardiologist says "WTF?" cardiologist prescribes Furosemide....
            I think the patient has some responsibility to ensure all the care givers are on the same page. If the care givers don't respond then you find other care givers. No pulminologist that has treated me has lasted beyond 3 visits.

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            • #21
              I'm a big fan of notebooks for keeping track of little bits of information, like what I've done on a project or to sketch out ideas. Something like the medicines discussed in the last few posts could be easily kept track of in a notebook, which you could show to each professional as you go from one to the next. I use the last page in some notebooks for things I need to reference, like a list of parts or prices.

              Cell phones can also be used to track things, but a notebook can be rather more focused. They're also a lot cheaper and not subject to loss if the phone should require a full data-loss reset.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by oldtiffie View Post
                Cognitive ability is used to evaluate people for a whole lot of reasons - driving and employment are but two of many.

                What is "cognitive ability"?
                The ability to be a useful peg in the wheel of life.
                Krutch


                Mentally confused and prone to wandering!

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