This post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds
Citing an article in STAT (which requires a submission to read), Christina Prignano reports for the Boston Globe, Oct. 11, 2017, that Grubb’s Pharmacy in Washington, DC, said it has a cozy arrangement with members of Congress whereby it delivers drugs to their attending physicians so that the legislators can avoid making the trip themselves.
The drugs include prescriptions to treat the incurable Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of senile dementia.
Grubb’s Pharmacy is located at 326 E Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20003, just a couple of blocks from Congress and the Supreme Court.
In an interview with STAT, Mike Kim, the owner of Grubb’s Pharmacy, said:
“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country. It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.’”
Under Congress’ health care plan, lawmakers pay just $600 a year for access to their attending physician, and by extension, the deliveries made by Kim’s pharmacy.
H/t FOTM‘s CP
There are three main phases of Alzheimer’s — mild, moderate, and severe. Each stage has its own set of symptoms (WebMD):
(1) Mild Alzheimer’s: This first stage usually lasts from 2 to 4 years. The symptoms include:
- Having less energy and drive to do things
- Less interest in work and social activities and spending more time just sitting, watching TV, or sleeping
- Loss of recent memories, like forgetting conversations and events that just happened.
- Language problems, like trouble putting their thoughts into words or understanding others.
- Mild coordination problems, such as trouble writing or using familiar objects.
- A hard time with everyday tasks, such as following a recipe or balancing a checkbook.
- Mood swings that involve depression or a lack of interest.
- Trouble with driving, like getting lost on familiar routes.
(2) Moderate Alzheimer’s: This stage can last from 2 to 10 years. The symptoms include:
- Memory loss gets worse and starts to cause problems in daily life:
- Forget details about their life, like when they got married or where they went to high school.
- May not recognize or remember family members and friends.
- May forget where they leave things and can’t retrace the steps to find them.
- Worsening language problems, including:
- Rambling speech.
- Trouble coming up with the right words and using the wrong ones.
- A hard time planning or solving problems.
- Confusion about time or place: may get lost in places they’ve been before; once there, may not know how or why they got to that place.
- Not dressing appropriately for the weather. (See “Former John Conyers’ aide says most of them have seen him in his underwear and it’s ‘no big deal’“)
- Getting angry or upset easily, sometimes lashing out at family or caregivers. (See “John McCain goes postal on Syrian Christians“)
- Trouble sleeping.
- Delusions, such as thinking a caregiver is trying to hurt them.