Had an unexpected phone call this weekend.
It was from a 'friend' who I hadn't spoken to for a couple of years.
She was hysterical.
Last time we spoke, was, to say the least, unpleasant.
Her husband, who is only early 50s was starting to suffer clear signs of early dementia. She was laughing about it, as people do in their 'denial' stage, you know the 'cute' forgetfulness thing. I was trying to tell her that, particularly considering his age, it could be caused by B12 deficiency.
Well, I got the usual response. That I was some kind of malingerer who should work harder to take my mind off my obsession and that I thought I knew better than doctors and B12 deficiency was only a vitamin, and that I wasn't really ill and you needed to have anaemia and yadda, yadda.
Basically her compassion was not exactly touching for either me or her husband and we haven't spoken since.
So, he has been getting worse, and quickly. She has had to pack in her job and is basically confined to home to care for him. Remember this couple are only in their early 50s. She has had no professional help either with care or treatment.
Then she is contacted by a friend from the US. The friend has read something, indicating that B12 deficiency causes a long list of illnesses including, amongst many other others, dementia. The friend's husband is a doctor, he checks it out with the BMJ article, and does his own investigation.
The friend in the US convinces the woman in the UK to get her husband's B12 levels checked. Through the floor.
So, she then phones 'me' to ask if the condition can be reversed (This is a woman who called me from here to Hell and back)because the doctor friend in the US suspects that it has now gone on too long.
She now 'believes' that I sustained nerve damage from b12 deficiency (ain't that nice - but I now have a 21cm bicep to 'prove' it) and she is 'sorry' she didn't believe me or listen.
But the biggie is, the article that initially was read by the friend in the US was by yours truly.
Do you laugh or cry? Too late. Far, far too late. Two lives completely ruined all for want of a few vitamin injections.