New to living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
I have recently been diagnosed with MCI and I'll be attending Mayo Clinic group on this. Each day just seems to bring me challenges. I have days when I get depressed because I feel like I'm being a burden to others. I will be attending MCI seminar at Mayo Clinic in January. I need help and support in this area.
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@artscaping Hey Chris, my mom has had a few of those squamous carcinomas removed. She goes to regular dermatology skin checks, and she had one that she found removed just a couple months ago. When you catch them early, they are not deep and they get all of it with the Moes surgery. Would a cold ice pack help the itching? I know when my leg was itching inside my cast where I couldn't scratch, I would put ice on my leg above the cast and it helped.
Hi there @jenniferhunter. You are right……those little squamous things are the ones that like to float around and multiple in your body. It's the basil ones that don't migrate; they just get bigger. So…..I do go twice a year to have everything to do with skin examined. I was such a CA beach girl ….you know, with the iodine in the baby oil.
Thanks for acknowledging the itch. And yes I keep ice gel packs in the freezer. They often mean the difference between sleeping and screaming. I am testing two new topicals……each one for two weeks. I also am using a compression sleeve on my arms so I can't attack them. I remember those itches inside the casts…….when things were healing.
Jay had the Moes surgery on his forehead. That worked well. How are you doing today? Riding the horse yet? I remember how good it smelled to go in the barn at 5:30 a,m, to treat Keo Raff's feet in the summer.
Thanks for checking on me. I so appreciate all of your assistance. Speaking of that, I have just had an amazing MFR treatment. When I understand it better, I will run it by you.
May you have peace and ease.
@artscaping Oh Chris, you read my mind. I visited my horse yesterday to clean his hooves and treat them for thrush. I expected this because I couldn't be there for 3 months except for some visits outside the fence, and he has deep clefts that trap stuff. I don't move very fast since my ankle fracture and I put on my old leather hiking boots because that would be better protection if he stepped on me, but I also needed to pay attention and not stand close enough to put myself at risk. When you pick up their foot, sometimes they shift and take a side step and once (before my injury) he did step on my foot that way and I pulled it out before he got his weight on me which bruised my toes.
Yesterday, he saw me drive up and was watching me waiting at the gate. I had to walk from the barn to the paddock without crutches and I worked on using longer strides and I slowed him down so we could match our walk back to the barn where I could treat his hooves and pack them with antiseptic putty. Going back to the paddock, we would stop for grazing, then walk a few more steps, and back in the paddock, he got several apples which he devoured. That was therapeutic for me too for the walking and enjoying the relationship I have with my horse and the lovely sunny day. I do want to get back on him, but I can't do that until I know I can safely dismount which means that my ankle needs to volunteer a bit more effort. At this point, I would not be able to slide off him and land on my ankle. There is a mounting block of stairs which I could use, but I would need someone to hold the horse so he couldn't move if I tried to step down onto the block. It would also hurt. Today, I am still aching from doing this, but those efforts are what build strength when your body says it needs to rebuild to meet the challenges.
Have you tried Arnica gel topical? It's over the counter, and it relieves pain and inflammation. I use it and it works. Perhaps I should introduce my ankle to this magic gel. I have been paying attention to my moles since learning from my husband's experience at the dermatology clinic. His very first visit caught melanoma on his hand and he was off to surgery and a skin graft. I will go for an evaluation myself after I can walk better. I have a mole between toes on the injured foot that would stop my physical therapy progress if they were to remove it now. I also have my next surgery scheduled for dental implants in a few weeks. This should be an easier procedure than what I've already done. It's a juggling act sometimes to schedule a lot of things that need to be done. I do get to look forward to being finished next year and having a permanent restoration in place.
Just finding/reading this thead for the first time and appreciate having a place to share and hear of others also experiencing mild cognitive impairment. What shows up most often for me are those times when I lose the name or place I'm wanting to share with another. It was embarrassing at first but now I'm becoming more accepting that this just happens for me.
Another thing I'm realizing, most recently in moving my phone charger from its customary place to a "safer place after removing everything from a kitchen pantry, is that I can't remember the "safer place". In replacing foodstuffs back into pantry, the charger was found but the exasperation and time spent looking for it unsuccessfully was aggravating and disturbing.
I store other foodstuffs and cleaning supplies on a wall of shelves in my utility room. After rearranging items and changing the locations of some, I'm finding it difficult to remember their "new" homes. It seems after some things get "locked in one place" and are moved, it becomes a challenge to know where they are. Anyone else experiencing similar small challenges like this?
@fiesty76 All the time I put my glasses somewhere at night have to hunt on morning so frustrating same as the remote list it the other night then after a hour of hunting found it .
Thank you, lioness. I never heard of drugs.com
I usually ask the pharmacist but that is not always convenient for me or them.
If I had known( famous last words?) I would have asked for a smaller less frequent script (of Clon)for my head tremor.
After taking Clonazepam for several years, I began to have a memory problem.
Recently I was evaluated by a neurologist ( mild cognitive impairment). He was not the prescriber, was retiring. ..and took me to the office of two new neurologists.
He assured me that I did not have Alzheimer’s and one of these two new neurologists would help me.
My research: MCI(mild cognitive impairment)can lead to AD. I hope I can delay it!
I will let you know about my evaluation.
Please do not see anyone who is not a neurologist (who can answer ALL your questions or calls him self a rehab doctor). I am tritrating from Clonazepam half a tablet decrease each week.
I thank God for my gastroenterologist. She told me that I would have ab pain when I began decreasing this pharmaceutical. I do. The prescriber denies this and says that it is caused by GI issues which are wonderfully under control!! ( I have celiac disease. A diet corrects that!)
Please let me know if you have questions. If I can help anyone titrating off of Clonazapam
I will. I am praying that these new neurologists know of a support group… or perhaps start one!
Look first for research based information on the Mayo website.
All the best!
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I too have taken Klonopin 0.5mg daily for many years, it is a small dose but it’s the only way I can keep my emotions in control without crying at any unexpected time of the day. I also have memory problems as I’ve written about before.
What will you do, stop the Klonopin? It’s not a choice I have made so far.
I tried taking Buspar, it didn’t help me.
Have you been formally tested for your memory problems? COVID 19 delayed my appointment for testing and now I have moved to NY and have to start over again.
I hope you can find an answer to this dilemma and would be interested to know what it will be.
I have taken Clonazapam for years: diagnosis of cervical dystonia. I never knew! that you could develop a dependency on this pharmaceutical!!
AND it affects your mood and MEMORY!
I have never sued anyone in my life BUT I am tempted.
Beautiful and informative writing!
God bless you.
Would that we all had your understanding of life.