After filling up my gas tank for a trip to Disneyland tomorrow (with a birthday dinner for my daughter-in-law Marisela and Kriss at Downtown Disney); sending a fax to my life insurance company; and picking up a pair of slacks with a new zipper installed, Steve and I enjoyed a peaceful afternoon at home.
My sister-in-law Sharon called to let me know that she had collected new information from a geneticist about all of the Kruckenberg children's odds of developing early-onset Alzheimers. Apparently, Steve's and Larry's children have a 50% chance of developing it, but the older siblings Linda and Sharon, because they have already passed age 60 without developing the disease, don't run the high risk of passing that to their kids.
One key point Sharon wanted to make is that if any of our children are diagnosed with Alzheimer's they can lose their group and life insurance, and I would extrapolate, by the way genetic factors have been used in court cases (now outlawed by the privacy act signed by President George W. Bush) that even a parent's diagnosis, if undisclosed, could be used to mount a fraud case against them. Dire warnings indeed! Praise the Lord for our family's prudence in having all of us insured for both life and health already.
Neither Steve's primary care physician nor his neurologist has made a diagnosis, but state that he is being treated as if he were an Alzheimer's patient. And with the improvements we've seen in Steve over the last few months, I'm beginning to think that they have been wise to take that approach. The Lord knows those who are His, and He has known every detail of Steve's life since before conception. No matter what I may consider or decide about this information, I have a Bible full of assurances that this "news" about Alzheimer's and genetics is not "news" to my God!