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Confusion...dementia

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

As I encourage Mom in new behaviors I feel a bit like the bad guy. She balks, argues, says what she thinks we want to hear and goes about her merry way. Working with several nurses, physical therapist and low level care giver. Not fun, but necessary. No appetite and can't taste or chew. So thankful for ensure. Her confusion grows. So hoping she can stay at home. We'll see.
Meanwhile I began adding back some more dairy to my own menu. So far so good.
Hope everyone is having a great week.
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MEADSBAY 8/20/2014 1:17PM

    Not easy finding a way to keep them happy at that stage of life.
Take care.
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COOP9002 8/20/2014 10:38AM

    Such a difficult challenge. our family is facing a similar task in dealing with my Mother in law. Praying that the Father gives you wisdom and grace during this difficult time.

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NASFKAB 8/20/2014 10:31AM

  you are a great daughter but do take care of yourself as well prayers & healing wishes going your way

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CARRAND 8/20/2014 8:39AM

    It's a challenge to deal with the elderly. You are blessed to do it.
Someone will have to deal with me some day.

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NANCY- 8/20/2014 6:25AM

    You are being a wonderful daughter. Just remember to take care of yourself.
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JUDITH316 8/20/2014 3:56AM

    This is tough, I'm so sorry, trusting it will get easier with your Mom, I feel for you, bottom line, I'm here for you and will keep this situation in much prayer... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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UKNOWITNOW 8/20/2014 1:24AM

  Hope you can have a great week too.

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Day 14

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This is my last day on the elimination plan. So, I can begin adding back items to see what happens. In addition, I want to begin eating more fruits even though they have more sugar of their own. I've missed that the most, I think. The two weeks have gone by pretty quickly and I lost about 6 pounds in the process. I think I could have lost more, but had a tough time keeping up my calorie intake. Will have to adjust carefully as I suspect the body is slightly towards the starvation mode. I'm leaving today for about two weeks so won't get to weigh and will be a little more challenged in the food and exercise arenas. So, I'm eager to see what I find upon return! Wishing everyone a great week!
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NANCY- 8/18/2014 9:36AM

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Love your commitment to yourself.

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DJ4HEALTH 8/17/2014 11:14PM

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NASFKAB 8/17/2014 10:06PM

  all the best for staying alert

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CARRAND 8/17/2014 8:15PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/17/2014 6:06PM

    Have a good week. It will be interesting to see if you find you have any food intolerances etc.

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/17/2014 3:14PM

    Hope you have a great week, too!!! Keep on keeping on!!!

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COOP9002 8/17/2014 2:53PM

    Blessings upon you as you seek to work the plan this week. 6 pounds is some great progress.

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Day 12

Friday, August 15, 2014

Nearly at the place to begin adding in items to check for sensitivities. However, yesterday I got put in a boot to let a tendon rest and heal. Then, shortly after I got home from that I got a call from my brother telling me I need to get out to our mom's house to help her adjust to some new medications and recommended healthy routines to keep her safe at home. She is 100 and I don't think she will live too much longer. She is so miserable. Every challenging trait has intensified. So, I pray I can really help her through this so she can remain at home as she wishes. I was with her three weeks in March and then saw her a few times while on vacation near her. This time I'm scheduled for about two weeks, but can be flexible depending on what happens. Her physical therapist and nurse say she is more confused and really needs me there day and night for awhile to help her develop new habits. Pretty much blind, quite deaf and short term memory is really hit or miss at this point. I feel so badly for her. I'm flying out Sunday and this time I know I will really need my SP friends along for the journey.
I've lost about six pounds on this elimination plan. I hope to maintain everything while away. Since Mom eats pretty much the same thing each day and her digestion is sensitive I can't do anything too exciting for her there. But, since she can't see, hear, smell or taste I am free to prepare whatever I want for myself. I just dread not being able to exercise as much as I generally do. I still should be able to work in her gardens and whip them into end of summer shape. Usually I do this a bit later, but we'll see how it goes.
Have a great weekend everyone. Thanks for listening.
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NANCY- 8/16/2014 9:21AM

    What a lovely daughter you are. And how wise of you to figure out how to care for yourself while caring for your mom.
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HICKOK-HALEY 8/16/2014 5:51AM

    Wow, 100. That is something. I hope your visit with your Mom goes well. Take care!
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JUDITH316 8/16/2014 2:41AM

    WOW, that's emoticon your Mom being 100 and still living in her own home, that is so cool...At the same time I know it can't be easy for you with all the travel to and fro to your Mom's with helping your dear Mom with meals and working in her garden as well as keeping up with looking after yourself and your home.

I want you to know I will continue to stand with you in prayer and with my support. I appreciate your friendship and support. Yes you are a blessing...

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/15/2014 11:17PM

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your mom!

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NASFKAB 8/15/2014 10:17PM

  well wishes for both your mother & you

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NASFKAB 8/15/2014 10:17PM

  well wishes for both your mother & you

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/15/2014 9:08PM

    I hope things go well for you with your mom. I'm guessing that traveling to get there and before you can get to the grocery store for yourself will be the most difficult part of sticking to your food plan. Once you get there and can do some grocery shopping, it sounds like you have a good plan in place for your eating. Will you be driving or flying there? If driving, you will be more able to take the food you need for your journey there with you.

Wishing both you and your mom the best.

Hugs,
Kay

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MEADSBAY 8/15/2014 4:53PM

    Gosh, 100 and still in her own home, even with support, is pretty amazing!
My FIL just turned 90 and we hired his first helper and he is starting to be mean to her.
Yikes!
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Day11

Thursday, August 14, 2014

After taping and/or ignoring a foot tendon issue for about two months, I finally went to specialist. This foot and Achilles' tendon were rebuilt 16 years ago. A transferred tendon is acting up. So I'm in a boot for the next month to see if it will heal or if I will need to have more surgery. Meanwhile, I'm on Day 11 of this elimination plan. I'm concerned that my activity limits will drive me to give up on this plan too soon. Once the two weeks are over I will begin introducing back each item. Wish me patience on all fronts.
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COOP9002 8/15/2014 2:35PM

    Blessings upon you

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NASFKAB 8/15/2014 10:32AM

  well wishes going your way

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NASFKAB 8/15/2014 10:32AM

  well wishes going your way

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BA5454 8/15/2014 8:02AM

    emoticon Arrgh--ortho problems! Wishing you all the patience and healing available. I have a pin in my ankle, placed several years ago now and was off it for 13 weeks--I can commiserate with your boot situation. I truly hope no surgery is needed. Take care! P.S. Also, good luck with the elimination plan--is it for allergies?

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NANCY- 8/15/2014 6:22AM

    You have come this far you will make it!
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CARRAND 8/14/2014 8:48PM

    You will need some patience for sure! You can do it! I lost about 30 pounds while I was laid up with a broken ankle and couldn't even walk at all. Just watch what you eat.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/14/2014 6:19PM

    Wishing you ALL KINDS of patience. I hope you can stick with your food plan because it may help with your healing as well. Try to remember that if you are tempted to go off the plan.
Hugs,
Kay

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Day 10 of 14

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Another day of discovering how challenging it can be to prepare dinner for a spouse who has no interest in the plan I'm following to discern any food sensitivities. He thought I was a bit odd for not wanting the noodles that went into his turkey stroganoff. Still, after this many days he just doesn't argue. I was still a bit low on calories this past 24 hours so am again trying to get to where I ought to be. I doubt I will ever go back to eating large amounts of sugar. I can so appreciate the ridiculous amount of empty calories that sweet treats can pack. I can also appreciate how many processed foods that would not be considered to be sweet, actually have sugar on their ingredients labels. Hope everyone is having a great week!
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NANCY- 8/15/2014 6:27AM

    Sounds like you are making a switch from eating for pleasure to eating for nutrients.
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COOP9002 8/14/2014 6:51PM

    Hope your week goes well.

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NASFKAB 8/13/2014 11:54PM

  keep puhing

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  keep puhing

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CARRAND 8/13/2014 7:02PM

    My husband and often eat different things. He helps me cook, too! I have celiac and can't eat gluten. He loves bread and cake. I love things like salads and fish which he doesn't much like. He eats applesauce and potato chips which I don't like. He stays healthy, so I don't fuss at him, I just fix what I need to eat and we fix something different for him.

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Just stick with it...

God bless,

Dee

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/13/2014 1:21PM

    You are doing great! You blogs have sparked me into looking at various elimination diets to help figure out what foods I might be sensitive to. We are getting our floors refinished in our house right now so I don't have access to my kitchen. Next week, when things are back to "normal." I plan to start. After finding out that I'm gluten intolerant last week through intestinal biopsies, I've become quite curious about whether there are other things that could be negatively impacting me that I don't realize. I had no clue that I was gluten intolerant. If the biopsies hadn't proved it, I would have never known.

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