Tuesday, August 01, 2006


A lot of things have happened in the last couple of days. Mom fell again Sunday night - a stupid accident that happens quite a bit with people who don't have AD. She has this bad habit of trying to pull up her Depends while walking, so of course she tripped over them. With her arthritis and immobile hip, she's no help in getting up. Plus this time we were afraid that she did hurt herself as her leg was caught underneath her and she screamed in pain when the paramedics tried to stand her up. So off to the hospital we went. Six hours later - no breaks, low sodium (which she's had before), dehydration (like we didn't know that with her eating habits lately) and a urinary tract infection. They gave her a huge dose of antibiotics and we started seeing a change in her that night. She's a little clearer now. We did have some fun moments there - she kept singing Rambling Rose for some odd reason, but it was funny. Her humor has been one of the wonderful and sanity saving things about all of this. She has an appointment with her primary care physician on Friday, where we'll discuss having a social worker or someone come in and help weed through all of the red tape about Medicare/Medicaid and her supplemental insurance; see about getting a hospital bed, etc. in here and whatever else we need. She's still not doing 100% great with the eating, but she's better. We're going to buy a lot of different supplements and see if we can find one she likes. She doesn't like Ensure butter pecan shake - which is strange since she loves butter pecan ice cream. Oh well. We'll find something. Anyway, this is why I haven't been around lately - took a lazy day yesterday, got a nap, etc. so I'm doing a bit better too.


Anonymous Deb Peterson said...

Oh Eve, I'm so glad to hear this--about your mom feeling better and about the social worker. I know I felt better when someone else came in and took control, even if it was just for an hour or so. Social workers are amazing--just let him/her take care of some of your challenges. You need to be taken care of for awhile! My mother is fussy about eating, too. Sometimes I'm happy if she'll eat anything--I know I should be more careful, but... Well, take as many lazy days as you can!

Tue Aug 01, 07:59:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Karma said...

Wow, what a hard situation. Please, find time, even if it is an hour every day, to do something for yourself - even if it is taking a nap or just being somewhere else.

Fri Aug 04, 12:09:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Mona Johnson said...


Hope you had a good visit from the social worker, and that your mom continues to improve.

Sun Aug 06, 12:08:00 PM CDT  

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