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Thu, Oct. 6th, 2005, 09:26 pm
I forget...

I've been mulling over the idea of painting a Warhammer 40K army for a wee while now and I was in Games Workshop this evening looking at the miniatures available and groaning inwardly at the prices. I came home, opened my cupboard to get some socks and a box containing a Space Marine army I'd forgotten I had fell on my toes. Not all of the army mind, I think I chucked the plastic stuff out ages ago but the expensive metal stuff was still in there.

On a more serious note, I'm beginning to worry about my Dad. In conversation with him this evening he mentioned having gone to England last week with Mum (they visited some friends and relatives and had a great old time). He was telling me about it but worryingly he mentioned visiting an old friend of his who has been dead these past five years. Theres no history of memory loss on that side of the family but this isn't the first time he's done that, just the most obvious one that chilled me a little.

Thu, Oct. 6th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)

I hate to say it mate but depending on his age that may be the onset on Alzheimers...had an Aunt who suffered from it. Quite often people don't realise until it is too late.
Incidently if you are looking to paint GW models I have a load that need doing. i enjoy wargaming but I hate painting.

Thu, Oct. 6th, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)

He's about 62 or therabouts, so its getting to the point where we need to be keeping an eye out for our folks a bit more. That being said, his own dad was eighty when he passed on and was as solid as a rock, physically and mentally and as I said, no history of anything like this on that side. Plus he's *always* had trouble getting our names right, whenever he goes to mention me or my brother/sister he always goes through all the names before settling on one - thats all my life. This was just a bit freaky, in that he was talking about a dead man.

Now, its been also been pointed out to me that perhaps he meant they went to see his friend's grave, which is entirely possible so I'm going to try and wheedle a confirmation of that out of my mum, all casual like. If thats the case then fine, I'm worrying about nothing. If not then I'll have a chat with my brother and sister about keeping an eye out for anything else like that in the near future.
I may well be spazzing, but I'd rather be foolish and wrong than stoic and right.

As for painting, I'm hoping this is a quickly passing fad for me, I remember how little I enjoyed the whole thing before so I fail to understand why I'd want to do it again. Individual cool models? sure. Regiment upon regiment of identical goons? No thanks... I think...

Thu, Oct. 6th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)

Hope all remains well with your Dad and this is an onset. My own Dad is awful at remembering words sometimes, and I can't help but think about the A word occasionally and wondering if it might crop up in coming years.

Fri, Oct. 7th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)

My understanding of the condition is that theres sod all you can do about it but catching it early can delay the onset for several years, or at least alleviate the stress of the sufferer by keeping the condition in mind.

On the other hand, hell, I can talk some outrageous bollocks when I'm tired, and generally ramble a bit so...

Fri, Oct. 7th, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)


Hiya - don't want to worry you unduly, but as far as I know family history doesn't really come into it with Alzheimer's...partly because up until a few decades ago it would've been explained away as someone going "a bit senile". That said, if he's normally bad with names, etc it probably is just a slip-up. But I would suggest you keep an eye on his behaviour/short term memory and if you are worried, try and figure out a way to get him to a specialist asap without freaking him out too much. The drugs that are on the market at the moment are great - they can't reverse any damage that's been done, but they do slow down the process significantly and give the person a lot more "normal" quality time. My grandfather passed away after suffering from Alzheimers last year, and thanks to the medication my grandmother was able to keep him home and with an excellent quality of life for probably 18 months longer than she would've without the drugs. He was still coherent and able to go on his daily walks months after his primary care doctor had told her she needed to put him in care. He was 91 when he died and I can honestly say that he was happy and content - and loved - right up to the end.

I've become a bit of an expert on this over the years, so if you want any info, etc just ask away. Just bear in mind that a) it may well have been a slip of the tongue or a visit to the graveyard and b) even if it is a sign of Alzheimers or another form of senile dementia (lovely term, innit?) - a lot more is known about these illnesses nowadays and treatment is available. That said, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you were just overreacting ;)

Fri, Oct. 7th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)

The age of the parent at death and history of cases ion family don't seem to matter. My Gran died at 97 I believe and she was hale and herty (if a little deaf) right up until she had the stroke that killed her. Her Daughter was always a strong woman who contracted Alzheimers in, at least, her early 70's, if not earlier ( not diagnosed till her mid-late 70's)
Both my parents used to start calling all of us by the wrong name. I was sure my real name is actually Ca-patick (my sister is Catherine). And on occasion my fatehr would call me by my brothers name and not even realise it. That is natural when you have too people that are similar in nature or that you asscociate together. I have been known to call both Dorain and catherine by each others name and they aren't that close or similar 9One being the Girlfriend and the other, the sister).
Yoou are right you may have misunderstood but I would keep an eye out..all of you. Better safe than sorry.
As for models...I have a few character models like Standard Bearers etc. I also have some interesting but regimental models like Terminator Marines, which are more complex to paint and are customiseable to a certain degree. And some that are slightly individual (to a greater or lesser degree) but need individual Heraldic paint jobs i.e Bretonian Knights and Grail/Questing Knights and some old Bretonnina models. Beyond that I have stacks of the regiments of near identical Marines and Bretonina Men-at-Arms & Bowmen. Desperate to find someone who will paint them :-)

Fri, Oct. 7th, 2005 08:28 am (UTC)

Its Pa-Glen here, so I see your point :) He's never actually confused us to my knowledge though (as in, he never asked me how the building work was going).

I can't stand Bretonia, I'm not much of a fantasy battle fan to begin with but I particularly can't abide that bunch for some reason. Them and the Necrons in 40K. I'm just thinking I'd like to have an army to play at cons and the occasional tournament, especially now that I no longer do the CCG and computer games things so much.

Fri, Oct. 7th, 2005 01:33 am (UTC)

Hey, those goons have NAMES...

(in case you've never seen it, each of my Imperial Guardsmen has his name painted on the front of his base)

Fri, Oct. 7th, 2005 08:18 am (UTC)

Yeah, I just figure I'd run out of imagination with the Imperial Guard before I was finished and have a unit with seven Toms in it. I'm thinking Space Marines because theres so few units in the army so I could go hog wild with individual conversions.
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Fri, Oct. 7th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)

With the benefit of a good night's sleep I'm a little less panicked this morning and I'm inclined to agree - I'm equally inclined to check it out in as subtle a manner as I can manage but I'm not as worried as I was. If Paul and Claire have similar stories though expect an OMFG! post over the weekend :)