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Day 69 with Lewy

I’m pretty sure we are now on the downward slide.  I need to go check and count days.  This seems too quick to me.  She is tired, leaning to the right, and has no appetite.  Mental confusion is constant and doesn’t vary much – visiting relatives, action on TV moving into the house, two houses, two of me, etc. – but the physical – lethargy, weakness, appetite – fluctuates. Mom ate a good variety, but small quantities.  She had her Panettone, and then some grilled chicken, green beans, slaw, sweet potatoes, biscuit, but never much more than a few bites of [ Read more... ]

And the New Year Approaches

As 2012 looms ahead, everyone is thinking of resolutions, new beginnings, shedding the burdens of the past year (including weight) and so on.  I have been thinking a lot about spiritual things lately, in addition to worrying about how all the negativity of the news about the environment, our treatment of our fellow creatures – human and otherwise – and religious extremism of all kinds is affecting me.  I also have to figure out a way to lose weight and tone up because that is getting harder these days too.  And, I have to break my writer’s block and start [ Read more... ]

Caregiver Santa

Santa has managed to pile up some pretty darn good gifts for mom.  A heated throw, a memory foam pillow, new bedroom slippers, a wheelchair-friendly running suit and nightgown, a big-piece puzzle, and her stocking full of candy, puzzles, playing cards, lipstick, perfume, and other goodies.  Oh yes, and the traditional little stuffed toy for the top and tangerines for filler.  (At this point, mine will be mostly filler!) I also scheduled a facial and massage for her for tomorrow as an additional gift.  She hasn’t had one in a long time and the massage is really helpful.  The technician is [ Read more... ]

Solstice Approaches

I never really noticed the shortened days of winter before.  Oh, when I was commuting (long ago), and I managed to get out of the office before 8 pm, I would notice that it was dark by 6 pm and grouse a bit.  I was a workaholic.  No, make that I am a workaholic. But now, with mom’s mental state seeming to echo the course of the sun through the sky, I really notice the quickly encroaching dark.  Our backyard is on the east side of the house and so goes dark earlier.  Mom uses that window as her clock.  What [ Read more... ]

Day 42 with Lewy

The biggest issue with mom continues to be her ability to bear weight, as the medical folks say.  Previously, she had trouble moving her feet.  Now she has trouble just standing up.  This is a big issue for toileting and dressing, so I am still trying to find a “Get-U-Up” lift that we can try out, while searching for clothing (and underwear) that is easier to get her into. Yesterday was another day with a lot of sleeping and a great deal of muscle weakness.  But she was so sleepy that she didn’t eat much.  I couldn’t persuade her to eat [ Read more... ]