This blog concentrates on celebrating life...choosing to focus on the good in life. But I must admit, it's been more than
a little difficult to celebrate since the new year began. My mother has been sick and has required 24/7 live-in care. She fractured a vertebra in her back and has been in tremendous pain. This 87 year old mobile woman, all of a sudden, couldn't walk, sleep
flat in her bed, get out of a recliner under her own strength, or walk without a walker. She had been totally independent, but overnight became dependent on my sister and me to help care for her. At her age, when she gets a major illness, she goes downhill
She is now on the upswing, and I am very grateful for that. In fact, I celebrate that! She is about to start receiving all sorts of therapy to regain her strength and mobility, and hopefully, become
independent once again.
What I want to write about today is the food I made for her. Providing her meals was a huge challenge for me. She felt so bad that she didn't even want to eat. She found soup easy because she could
suck it through a straw, so that was what she wanted. She also has false teeth issues, so she needed extremely tender meats if she was going to eat.
I appeased her desire for soup by serving it for one meal a day. She loved Creamed Squash Soup and TOMATO SOUP I.
Photo of tomato soup
I also fixed Chicken Spaghetti, FAMILY'S FAVORITE MINI MEAT LOAVES, and BAKED
TERIYAKI CHICKEN. I made sure I chopped the chicken very finely for the chicken spaghetti, and I used boneless chicken thighs for the teriyaki chicken.
Photo of teriyaki chicken
Last week on The Buzz, I asked for suitable recipe suggestions for her and got so many great ideas. I'll be trying a few of them over the next few weeks, assuming she'll still need my care. I'll
be sure to update my blog and let you know how they turn out.