Monday, July 13, 2020

The Little Voice


Lately I’ve been watching some old Magnum reruns. When people refer to him as a detective, he will correct them by saying he is a private investigator. As he goes about solving various mysteries, the little voice in his head sometimes nags him that he is missing a clue.


Since I don’t have access to what’s going on in other people’s heads, I don’t know if everyone has that little voice in their heads that talks to them. Oh, sure, we’ve all heard of people with psychotic tendencies that insist the voices in their heads instructed them to commit murders. Blame it on the voices, and don’t take responsibility for being cruel.

Well, my little voice talks to me constantly. The voice in my head tells me when something is right, I’ve done something I shouldn’t have, or sometimes the voice is boring and I know all is well in my world.

I read a lot of detective/thriller books. These books often mention the little voices, but since they are fiction, I wonder if the authors are writing from experience or if they are using their imaginations. One of the authors I read throws in humor even when talking about his little voice. His voice started off with, “Self,” and continued with the information. “I knew it was me,” he wrote, “because I recognized my voice.”

I may be wrong, but I think researchers must have that little voice guiding them through the mystery of unlocking the cause of a disease and developing a cure. The process of research is fascinating to me, and that is the reason I’ve signed up to virtually attend the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference later this month. I’ve always followed the research reports from the conference, but this is the first time I’ll have firsthand knowledge.

I think this conference will be good preparation for the DOD Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program in September. The training and panel discussions will take place virtually this year. I am excited to be a small cog in the wheel rolling toward a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s and related dementias. I’m sure my little voice will be in overdrive.  
  
Sometimes the voice keeps me awake at night. Nagging me and telling me that I have too many things to do to be drifting off into dreamland. I can’t even imagine how fast my little voice will be talking during the conference and panel, or how little sleep I’ll be getting. 

Copyright © July 2020 by L.S. Fisher
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