My Mom's Progress and Addition Information
May 27, 2013 12:31 am
Updated: Jul. 4, 2013 6:08 am
It's been a while since my last post, so I thought I might share an update on my Mother and some more interesting information that I found.
This last we had another full blood panel done on my mother plus urine tests so the doctor would have the results of all the tests before our appointment this week. My husband took her to have the blood drawn, and when he got home, he handed me the container
for urine. This brought back memories of when we had to get a urine sample from our 200 pound English Mastiff. This I thought was hysterical as my husband chased after the dog to get a urine sample as she was running in a stooped position. Well, I guess it
was payback time!! I was pretty sure I wouldn't be able to explain to my mother she had to pee in a bottle when she doesn't always figure out where she has to wipe.
I did figure out a way to get the sample. I cut a large piece of plastic wrap and put it across the toilet with the seat on top to hold it. I made sure that it was pushed down enough to create a sort of trough. So comes time to test this theory. I waited until
she had to go to the bathroom, and fortunately she didn't stop to notice the plastic wrap. When she sat down, I didn't hear anything, and then she started to grunt. OH, NO!! Not that!! When she got up, I was so relieved to see that only urine was in the plastic
wrap. So far, so good.
So my next problem was to get the plastic wrap off the toilet, and the urine into the jar (had only a 2 /12 inch opening) without making a yucky mess. I finally decided to pick up the plastic wrap from the toilet so the sample was in a bubble at the bottom,
hold it over the bottle (cross my fingers), and cut a slit in the bottom of the bubble with a scissors. It worked!! We got the sample back to the lab. Hopefully, this experience helps someone that is faced with the same challenge.
This week we had the appointment with the doctor for an exam and to get the results of all the tests. Prior to this, I had started my mother on a B-12 supplement because supposedly the elderly don't absorb as much B-12 from foods, and a B12 deficiency can cause
problems with speech. In the nursing home, they were giving her a B12 injection, so I assumed she needed it. As it turned out, all of her blood work was perfect except the B12 level was too high. So I have stopped the B-12 supplement. Surprisingly, she is
absorbing enough B12 from her diet that she doesn't need the supplement.
In talking to her doctor, he said that all of her blood work was perfect. After walking from the car to the doctor's office, I was sure that her blood pressure would be elevated, but it was 120/84. Her cholesterol was 172. All levels were in the middle of the
normal levels. Keeping in mind that this is a person that had previously been on 3 high blood pressure meds and one for high cholesterol, and is now on none of these, I think the progress has been tremendous.
Again, the doctor told me that he has never seen such improvement in an elderly person in his entire career. I started to tell him the supplements we were giving her and what they were supposed to do, and all the time, the doctors just sat and smiled. I finally
asked him why he was smiling, thinking that he thought what we were doing was silly or useless. He just said "Everyone should have someone like you taking care of them.". My way of thinking is that if what we are doing for my mother can encourage even one
other family to help an elderly member of their family, my sharing my experience will be well worth the effort.
Now for the educational part of this post. Vitamin B-12 is found only in meats (especially organ meats), eggs, and fish. Vitamin B-12 plays a key role in the normal function of the brain and nervous system, and in the formulation of blood. As we age, we may
be consuming sources of the vitamin, but we may not absorb it in sufficient quantities. In this case, we may require a supplement that can be easily absorbed. Many doctors will prescribe injections but sublingual supplements can also be effective. Sublingual
supplements are dissolve under the tongue for more immediate absorption into the blood stream. Unfortunately, the most common type of B12 in the United States is made from cyanocobalamin. This form of B12 has a base of cyanide. All B12 injections and all over
the counter supplements contain cyanide. The safe form of B12 is made from methylcobalmin. The cyanocobalamin form of B12 has been found to be ineffective, and its use has been banned in the United Kingdom. Yet this is the form most commonly used in the United
States. If you are taking a B12 supplement and it is the cyanide version, cyanocobalamin, it would be beneficial for you to dispose of it and get the methylcobalmin version. I have found this one on Amazon.com in the sublingual form.