Update on my Mother and more Info
Aug. 23, 2013 1:12 am
Updated: Aug. 27, 2013 11:50 pm
It's been a while since I have posted because I have been to busy keeping up with my mother and the daily things I have to do to care for my parrots and other animals in addition to the daily cooking for all of us and things that just need to be done around
the house. I apologize for having gone so astray from the original purpose of the blog, but all of us will have to deal with old age at some point in time whether it be for ourselves or for people we love.
We did get my mother over the UTI and past the outbreak of shingles, but as yet, she has not gotten back to the level that we had accomplished before the illness. We are much further along than where she was after getting out of the hospital for the shingles
in her eye. At that time she had become totally incontinent again, and couldn't walk at all. She can now walk again, though not always steady and has a hard time standing from a sitting position. She is still incontinent as far as her bowels, but is better
with urine as long as we take her to the toilet every couple of hours. She still doesn't go to the bathroom on her own as she did before the UTI and shingles. The mental and physical abilities that she had progress to before getting ill have been lost, and
are actually worse than when she came to live with us from the nursing home.
She is still finally eating solid food again, and I don't have to puree everything she eats. This alone is a plus. She doesn't always remember how to us silverware, and often uses her fingers, but I am happy that she is eating however she does it.
I found a book on Amazon that was written the a neurologist who uses many of the supplements that I use for my mother, and I learned about a few new ones. For any of you that are caring for an older person, or just if you are concerned about your brain health,
I think you will find some very interesting information in this book. It is written in a way that is very easy to understand, and the benefits of various supplements are explained medically but in layman's terms. The name of the book is "The Better Brain Book"
by Dr. David Perlmutter. This book can be found on Amazon.com in hardcover or kindle versions.
To get back to the original intent of this blog, I have recently discovered that many of the large ice cream manufactures, including Haagen Dazs, Drey's, Edy's, Baskin Robins, and others are using a genetically modified version of vanilla instead of vanilla
that is made from the vanilla bean. This GMO vanilla is made in labs using synthetic DNA and genetically engineered yeast that excretes vanilla flavor. The FDA hasn't tested the laboratory creation as a new product, and will likely approve it as "Generally
regarded as safe". The fear is that this will be one of many genetically altered ingredients that will be labeled as "natural". In addition, this is one more ingredient in our food that has not, and will not, be tested for adverse effects to our health. We
really need to take a stand against GMO foods and products and stop buying them. If the manufactures can't profit by sales, they will eventually stop making them.