GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Bill Rivard, 76, used to be very fast at everything he did and said--so fast "it bothered my wife," he said. "Now I have to concentrate more." He has to consider what he's doing--like getting up from a chair--before he does it. "I have to take five seconds and think about it. It's like there's a short there." That "short circuit" in his brain can be traced to Parkinson's disease, which the Grand Forks man was diagnosed with a few years ago. He suspects he had the disease several years before that. "I wondered why I was aging so fast," he said.
Mother's Day HOOPLE, N.D.—In the summer of 1989, Karen Midgarden of rural Hoople, N.D., was staying at her family's lake cabin in Minnesota when she noticed that she was unusually tired. Not so strange, though, she said. "Teachers are tired in the summer." She wasn't sick, but, "I thought, maybe I'm pregnant." At a clinic in Detroit Lakes, Minn., when her pregnancy was confirmed, "I was stunned--absolutely stunned," said Karen who was 40 at the time of this, her first pregnancy. "I had no clue I was pregnant.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—At age 38, Tanya Knodle has endured more than most people could begin to imagine—kidney failure, partial amputation of her foot, temporary blindness, double mastectomy, persistent bone infection and bouts of depression.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Ashley Magner, regional care consultant for the Alzheimer's Association, offers the following tips and insights for families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease: - Take notes about changes you see in a "caregiver's notebook." Then you can go back and track changes. -Practice in advance what you're planning to say to the person who may be experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer's, so you can feel prepared.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- As he looks back now, Dr. Paul Wright remembers the earliest sign, several years ago, that his wife's memory was failing. "I was volunteering at Altru (Medical Center in Grand Forks), and she was supposed to pick me up at noon," said Wright, who retired as a professor emeritus of psychology in 1996. "She got lost finding Altru." He and Katy have lived in Grand Forks since moving here in 1963, when he joined the University of North Dakota faculty.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- John Hricak recalled one morning when he looked in the mirror and noticed how much he had changed. "I remember thinking, 'Gosh, John, you've lost weight,'" said Hricak of Grand Forks. It was the first memory he had in the months following the February 2005 traffic accident when his truck was hit by a semi on I-29 near the exit to Thompson, N.D. The accident put him in the hospital and on a long path to recovery. "I weighed 147 pounds," he said.
GRAND FORKS -- Mary Pat Bibel had reached her limit. She was sitting in church, trying to listen to the sermon using a device that delivers sound through an FM radio signal for those with hearing impairment, when she began to hear the sermon in the church across the street. That church somehow "got on our same wave length," she said. "I passed a note to my husband. I said, 'I'm leaving and I'm not coming back until this is fixed.'" She was at the forefront of an effort that eventually led St.
Born too soon GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Beckett Eickenbrock weighed only two pounds and 12 ounces when he was born Oct. 24, 2009, two months earlier than expected. His mother, Dr. Andrea Eickenbrock, had just finished an overnight 14-hour shift at a Phoenix, Ariz., hospital, where she worked as a first-year resident in an obstetrics-gynecology program. From work that Monday, she went straight to an 8:30 a.m.
Grand Forks -- Danny Owen remembers the turning point -- an altercation with his brother many years ago -- that led him to get the mental health care he needed and, eventually, to a better relationship with his family. He came home drunk one night and "got into a physical fight" with his brother after making an offensive remark to their mother, he said. The next day, his brother took legal action to have him admitted for treatment at a mental health facility in Minot. "I appreciate him now for doing that," said Owen, 49, who lives in Prairie Lodge with a few roommates who also have mental