Kitty likes to lay in her bowl and watch tv in the evenings. There has been a lot of laying around going on here in our household lately. I have a large deep vein thrombosis in my leg, extending from my hip to my ankle. I was put on Xarelto and bedrest for 7 days as I watched my ankle slowly turn from looking like a bowl of purple spaghetti to a swollen shade of medium blue. The Xarelto is working and I am doing much better. It looks like I may be on it for the next 6 months. I have had no side effects so far and I feel quite a bit better.
Our weather forecast predicted 5-6 inches for us here in the corner of Missouri. We ended up with barely enough snow to cover the ground along with cloudy skies and a strong northerly wind. The cows are down in the valley and the birds are enjoying the corn chops in their big feeder.
|Me, the hubs and Mom in 1998|
Mom is almost 90 years old has been doing real well. She mysteriously ended up with two black eyes last Sunday and her diahrea is still a big problem. We are tracking what she eats and looking for something we can change. At first I thought it may be a day with too much dairy, as she also has a lot of gas. We can laugh at it, we have to. When you are crawling on the floor of the mcdonalds bathroom trying to clean your moms mess and change her underwear, you have to laugh or you may cry.
She eats pretty much what she wants (ice cream, cheesecake, crackers, candy) when she wants but I did convince her to eat a bowl of bran cereal once a day. Sometimes she cooperates without hesitation, but sometimes she will disagree and hold her ground.
Mom was always a very independent lady and it is hard for her to trust others to do things she is used to doing herself.
Tomorrow I will take her to our family doctor. He has suggested switching her to a pill pack prepared by the pharmacy. It will have her name on it and the day and time it is to be taken. Mom has been refusing to do it and it has reached a point that it needs to be done. How do you tell your mom that you don't trust her to be taking her medicine correctly? That her mind isn't healthy enough?
Dementia is a roller coaster.
We take it one day at a time.
Prayers are welcome and appreciated if you believe.