My experiences while living with my mother and her Alzheimer's Disease.(her birthdate = January 2, 1925)

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Beverly worked Michelle's shift last night because Michelle had been with a family member all day who delivered twins yesterday morning.  Beverly had to leave around 7:15 this morning when she got word that one of the twins was being taken by Life Flight to Houston.  She had not seen the babies since she had things going on with her mother, who has moved in with her (Beverly). 

I had an interesting morning.  Mama ate breakfast with me.  She finished first and sat watching me finish mine.  I asked her if she wanted to say the blessing, she said, "I'll be right here."  Later, I asked her if she liked her meal, she said, "I've done it."

When I finished eating, Mama went to lie down.  Around 9:30 I heard Mama shuffling toward the kitchen.  She stood at the refrigerator with her dress hiked up pulling up her Depends.  The crotch was hanging down close to her knees which "told" me that she needed a new set.  As I came out of the laundry room with clean Depends, I had to laugh because Mama was really shuffling--with her Depends down around her ankles.  Luckily we have changed to refastenable undies so I could rip the tabs and easily pull it away from her.  It must have weighed at least five pounds!!  No wonder she was having trouble keeping them up!!

She very calmly lifted her feet so I could put the clean undies on her, and then went about her business of heating up her food in the microwave.  I changed her sheets and bed-covers while she ate her meal.

 Mama has been eating just a couple of bites and then putting the plate back in the fridge.  She has lost so much weight that the Mama-sitters have started feeding her about every third trip to the table.  Mama is not happy about this, and will tell them, "Don't do that." or "No more."  They are persistent though and she keeps opening her mouth for them--so far.  Penny found some liquid vitamins and is making sure Mama gets them down each day.  Hopefully, this will help keep her healthy for now.

Penny is here now so guess I had better go check on the puppies and get a few things accomplished.

Hugs until next time.