Recently I was back at the Royal Hallamshire, Clinical Research facility for the final time for the RADAR research study.
The first stop was for an MRI.
I had one at the beginning of the study and was now having a second one to compare to see if there had been any changes, positive or negative, in the structure of my brain during the study, which took about an hour.
I wore noise cancelling headphones as the machine is quite noisy and a couple of blankets as the room isn’t very warm and I was feeling cold that day, even though it was warm outside.
Once the MRI was completed, we made our way in the lift to the Clinical Research Facility.
My Daughter Evelyn and I were met by Grace the Research Nurse in Reception and we went through to meet my Neurologist.
Grace counted the tablets I had been given last time to check I hadn’t missed any.
Blood Pressure and Bloods taken, we went through the usual questions about how I had been and any changes we had noticed.
My Neurologist did some additional tests as the visual problems I have had for sometime are becoming more of an issue and she is now considering whether in addition to Alzheimer’s I now have Posterior Cortical Atrophy and or Lewy Body, so more test to come in the future.
I then did the ubiquitous MMSE (Mini Mental State Exam) a snapshot of a point in time, the results of which are dependent on how good a day you are having.
I left the room so that they could talk to Evelyn and then we were done and it was back home in a taxi.
Writing this days after the event I have forgotten alot of the detail, it was a long day, about 4 hours in the end.
It was a simple Study to take part in, no Frankenstein Complex.
And thank you to everyone at the Clinical Research facility for making it a pleasant experience.
I would recommend anyone that is able to take part in Research to do so.
I don’t do it for myself, it may be too late for me, but for my Children, Grandchildren and those that follow there is a chance however small that one day a study I take part in will lead to better understanding and treatments for Dementia