There are 5.4 million people who have Alzheimer's. It cost 183 billion dollars in annual costs. Alz's is the 6th leading cause of death.
To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.' When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.
1 John 4: 9-10

Mom and Dad Happy Times.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

3/4's Of An Inch.

Well spring as sprung. It is in the high 70's . I have the windows open and a nice breeze is blowing through the house. It is very nice.
Mom's nurse remeasured mom's arm today. And she has lost 3/4's of and inch. This is good news and bad news. It means hospice will keep coming to care for mom. But it also means mom is losing weight which some Alz's patients do no matter how much you can get them to eat. And that is not good. But it has been a while since the nurse measured mom's arm. And that means she is not losing weight very fast.I can try to feed her more and she will be in a bad mood or I can leave things alone and she will be happy but losing weight. If it is the Alz's causing her to lose weight it won't matter how much I get her to eat. I have a headache. Well at least the weather is nice.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Our Spring Snow Is Melting.

We got 8inch's of snow at our house. Some got lots more. It was so pretty. But for the first day of spring I would of rather had sunshine. And my son had to drive in awful weather for hours before gettin to Colorado. Than he said it was nice all the way to the mountains. Today it was sunny and all the snow is melting. Hopefully only sunny days for awhile. This sure has been along winter.
My sis just left . She came over to feed mom and let me run to the store. Which I really needed to do. Can't remember the last time I went out. I am sure it was last week but must of not been fun because I sure don't remember it. Oh! Yes I do. I ran to the ice cream store and got the makings for hot fudge sundies on Friday for me and my son. It was fun. Silly me. Any way she will be back later to spend the night. I will sleep all night and late in the morning. That will be very nice.
Moms Chaplin from Hospice came today. He had a nice visit with her. She was eating lunch so was awake. She put up with him for awhile and answered all his questions. But than she just stopped talking . I guess she had enough of that and decided it was nap time. We said a nice prayer and he was on his way.

I have been kind of sick all weekend "Might of been to much ice cream" not much better today and I have plans for this Thursday night to go to a cooking show with friends. One of my friend's big mean old cow's stepped on her foot yesterday so haven't heard if she broke it or not. Maybe with me being sick and her hurt foot our trip to the cooking show might be off. But we will see.Wish us luck.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

First Day Of Spring

It is raining and going to turn to snow . 6 to 8 inch's maybe. The first day of spring. Really?
My son,his girlfriend and two more friends just left for a Colorado Spring Break Ski Trip. They have to drive in a snow storm to get to more snow. Me, I would of went to the beach. Silly Kids.
Mom is sleeping. Of course it is 6 am. I should go back to bed too. But I was hungry and made me a blueberry bagel. It was good. I think mom might have a UTI. Seems to be going around the family. My sis had one and even her little 4 yr. old granddaughter. They both had to make a trip the the ER. Mom has them off and on. I have talked about them before. It is common for people in moms condition.
We went down a diaper size which shows mom is losing weight . Also common. Even if she ate like a horse she would start losing weight at some point in this disease. Of course she does not eat like a horse. I do that for both of us.Think I'll have another bagel.
Had a dad at posted a very important post that we all need to read about Alz's and driving do not mix. It is a must read. Click on my title and I think it will take you to her blog.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Money In The Bank

If you remember from an old post we were trying to sell moms van with an wheelchair lift. We did it. It sold this week. Now hope we don't need it. If hospice stops coming I might wish I had it back.But there is two services which I have used before to transport mom. And they don't cost that much so I will call on them again if needed.
On another note the aid brought mom some hospital gowns to wear. Mom will not lift her arms anymore . So we have to pull them up to get her washed, dressed or undressed and it hurts her. She holds them so tight next to her chest.I have to admit the hospital gowns make things a lot easier but I hate her wearing them. She used to wear pants all the time so every morning I would tug them up over her legs and down to change her than my sister said lets start putting her in skirts. Great idea . Only had to pull them up in the morning and down at night. The rest of the day we just lifted her skirt to change her. Shame on us . Lifting mom's skirt. But now it is hospital gowns. Like I said I hate her in them but they are so much nicer to work with. Time for bed. Night all.

The Early, Mild to Moderate and Advanced stages of Alzheimer's in the brain.

The Early, Mild to Moderate and Advanced stages of Alzheimer's in the brain.

Seven Stages of Alzheimer's

1. No sign of congnitive impairment. 2. Very mild congnitive decline. 3. Mild congnitive decline. 4. Moderate congnitive decline. 5. Moderately severe congnitive decline. 6. Severe congnitive decline. 7. Very severe congnitive decline. (Congnitive pertains to the mental process of perception, memory, judgement, and reasoning, as contrasted with emotional and volitional processes.)

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