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MY MENTAL DECLINE

William McGaughey

I am writing this in November 2016, shortly after the national election. I am a different person now than I was even a few months ago. I have dementia. While I continue to own and operate a rental-property business, I have let its management slip from my hands to my wife’s. I can hardly remember what happened months or weeks ago.

When I became aware of my situation last month, I began to suspect that medications had something to do with it. Evidently, a blood clot was found in my leg. (I have no recollection of that event.) As a result, the doctors prescribed cumadin (warfarin) and metformin in the form of pills. I had seven different doctors’ appointments at HCMC ( Hennepin County Medical Center) in May of this year. The medications must have been prescribed as a result of these meetings.

I have found an article on the internet to the effect that warfarin prescription causes or aggravates dementia. I brought this up in recent meetings with doctors (for instance, T B yesterday) who deny that warfarin causes dementia. But I do continue to suspect that medications may have caused or aggravated my dementia, which evidently is irreversible. It has profoundly changed my life.

I am lucky to be married to a woman, Sheila, who loves me and cares for me. Ironically, this is our second marriage since we were married and divorced once before. With Sheila comes an extended family. Del, or “Dale” as I call him, a 3-year-old, lives with us. He is Tony’s son with “Shay”, a native American woman. Sheila took Del from his mother when she sensed trouble. We also see lots of Sheila’s other relatives, especially her two grandsons who are sons of Lena, Jermaine and Jermon.

I now sleep downstairs in a corner bedroom near the bathroom at 1702 Glenwood. Do Do, the dog, a York terrier, sleeps on my bed. Sheila and Dale sleep together on a sofa in the living room. Sheila is troubled by dog hairs. She has said she would sleep in the bed with me once we train Do Do to sleep in a dog bed that we bought the other day. But it has not yet happened. Dale has his own room and bed.

I have been obsessed with the national election. I supported Trump but took little active role in the campaign. (Sheila hates Trump.) I tried to attend a Trump rally at the airport on Sunday (after the Eckankar service, had missed the worldwide) but had difficulty registering for it. So I did not attend. We have instead spent lots of time watching reports and commentary related to the election on CNN.

Despite my dementia, I still have fantasies of making a large impact in the world. Because Trump made opposition to NAFTA a cornerstone of his campaign, I thought the Trump administration might be interested in my opposition to NAFTA in the early 1990s.

I wrote and published the first anti-NAFTA book . I sent a copy of this book to Trump at Trump Tower in New York along with a letter expressing my interest in working on trade policy in his administration. I also wrote Steve Bannon, Trump’s controversial chief strategist, recommending that the Trump administration support a 4-day, 32-hour workweek as a means of achieving full employment. My communications have so far gone unanswered but it is still early in the game.

My second big project, which may be more realistic, is to find a commercial publisher who will publish “History of the Triple Existence”. I have a completed manuscript (including illustrations) for this prospective book. David Christian, the pioneer of big history studies, has said he would consider contributing a foreword. I mailed letters of inquiry to seven different publishing firms which had previously published books in this field (big history) but have as yet received no reply. Maybe I need to find an agent.

I feel a bit like Rip Van Winkle waking up to a life that has slipped away. A year ago, I was making plans to be a presidential candidate. I went by myself to New Hampshire to be a candidate in the presidential primary. Although I had to be hospitalized for something (have forgotten what) and Sheila joined me, I was still reasonably capable and independent.

Then, in the mid summer, I flew by myself to attend a conference of the International Big History Association in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, followed by a weeklong tour of Europe with Craig Benjamin, and then a short trip to Berlin by myself to visit Bastel Kilian. After that, Sheila and I took a train to Seattle, Washington, to attend a conference of John de Graaf’s “Take BackYour Time” organization. I made a proposal for a 4-day, 32-hour workweek which de Graaf supported. Sheila and I may also have visited Mt. Ranier - can’t remember.

Today, a few months later, I can hardly remember any of these experiences. (See my notes at the end of this article to establish what actually happened.) I can hardly remember anything that happened this fall.

I have lost my check book. The battery for my car has been dead for several months so I have not driven a car. I know I have been watching lots of television coverage related to the election. I have largely moved from my bedroom upstairs - slept in the bedroom of upstairs apartment four (on the north end) for a time - to the downstairs bedroom in Sheila’s area of the house.

With winter coming on, I have a certain anxiety about my life. I have anxiety about my finances. Certain tenants are not paying rent or are paying partial rent. I have little or no bank balance. I have few stock investments left. Sheila had been urging me to sell the apartment building but now she’s backed off. I have an emotional attachment to owning 13 rental units - enough to support someone. A priority should be to refinance the debt parked on the duplex at 1715 Glenwood at 6.875 percent. The interest rate should be 3 to 4 percent.

I’m not sure I remember how to create a Dreamweaver file and post it on the internet. If successful, this article will be attached to BillMcGaughey.com. Again, I’m in a total fog (dementia) about what has recently happened in my life.

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Notes - Travel and Lodging arrangements during late 2016

ISCSC conference at Monmouth University:

(a) June 29 check in Linda Anderson at 108 Ocean Park, Bradley Beach, NJ EAY4A9 check out by 11 am on June 30

(b) June 30 thru July 2 Christina 5 David Street, Ocean Township, NJ HD5P92 201-993-8407 or 201-875-8900

ISCSC conference at Pozycki Hall, rooms 115, 204, 205, 206 June 29 thru July 2

Conference starts with reception at 7 pm on June 29th - My session is Session A, 9:00 to 10:15 am , June 30, in PZ 115

(a) From Monmouth Univ bookstore 400 Cedar (Mapquest)
Go east on Cedar Ave or NJ 71 then 0.12 miles
Take 1st right onto Norwood Ave, NJ-71, follow NJ-71 then 3.61 miles
Turn right onto Deal Lake Dr- NJ-71 then 0.37 miles
Turn left onto Main St - NJ-71 then 1.70 miles
Turn left onto Ocean Park Ave then 0.52 miles
108 Ocean Park Ave is just past Beach Ave It’s on the left

from 5 David Street, Ocean, NJ
Go west on David Street toward Poplar
Turn right on Poplar
after half mile, turn right on W Park Ave, County hwy 14
after 2 miles, turn left on Monmouth Rd, County hwy 15
after .88 miles, turn right on Cedar Ave (NJ-71)
drive .8 miles to 400 Cedar (Monmouth Univ)

 

IBHA Conference at University of Amsterdam:

Flight to Europe: Monday, July 11, Kennedy airport, NYC, Aer Lingus flight 104, leave NYC at 5:30 pm, arrive Dublin 5:30 July 12 - Leave Dublin 7:15 am, flight 604, arrive Amsterdam 9:50 am

Return flight: Monday, August 1, AMS, Amsterdam, Aer Lingus, flight 611, leave Amsterdam 8:35 pm, arrive Dublin 9:20 pm - Leave Dublin 7:50 am, flight 103, arrive New York, JFK 10:20 am

itinerary 1136063477295 confirmation Aer Lingus 2MB5RB No need to call to confirm -
Customer service 1-877-261-3523 Bring US passport. 3 bags - 1 checked up to 50 lbs 62” , 1 carryon up to 22 lbs (22x16x8”), 1 handbag no weight limit (10x13x8”)

Greyhound bus from Port Authority bus terminal $89 one way, Leaves at 5:15 pm (best), 10:15 pm, 11:00 pm Amtrak costs $174 Short Line bus from Milford to NYC leaves at 7 am, 2:50 pm, and 7 pm arriving 3 hours later in NYC $25

hotel in Amsterdam: Ibis Centre Stopera hotel, Accor hotels, NDFQBJJBP, Valkenburgerstraat 68, 1011 LZ Amsterdam, twin beds, breakfast, I paid $342 to share 6 nights with Ross Maxwell July 12 - July 18), 123 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94118 415-752-9166 The hotel is a 6 minute walk from the Amsterdam Waterlooplen train station. Conference at Oudemanhuispoort Conference is July 14 to July 17.

Post-conference tour of Europe on July 18 to July 27. Davidson Loehr is roommate. Go Ahead tours 1-800-597-0350

Take Back your Time conference at Seattle University:

August 25 to August 27

conference fee: pd. $260.74 on 3-25-16

lodging: Sweet Cabin at Cherry Hill Lodge 8-24 to 8-28, 1811 E. Jefferson St., Seattle, WA 98122 pd. $273 for 4 nights 5-9-16

transportation to conference: Amtrak, two passengers, St. Paul to King station in Seattle. Leave St. Paul 10:28 p.m. Aug. 22, arrive Seattle 10:28 a.m. Aug. 24 - Leave Seattle 4:40 p.m. Aug. 28 (Sunday), Arrive St. Paul 7:43 a.m., Aug. 30 $268 paid for 2 each way ($536 total) Reservation # 9A9FE9

Conference begins Thursday evening, August 25th Bus leaves Seattle University at 9:00 am, August 25, to go to Mt Ranier. Conference itself held at University of Seattle, near Broadway & E Madison, in Seattle.

 

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