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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.

Aug. 23, 2013 1:19 am
Judy, I was wondering how your Mother was, but was afraid to ask. I am glad that she is eating, even if it is with her fingers. My 60 year old brother has been in the hospital for the last 8 months, with a feeding tube in his stomach. He hasn't eaten or wanted food for months. And now we are worried about his mental capacity. Thank you on the suggestion of the The Brain book. I will go look for it. I hope that your Mother recovers and that you take time out for your self. You are a good daughter, and your Mom is lucky to have you.
Aug. 23, 2013 1:38 am
Vanillabean, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. He is so young to be going through what he is. I really don't have the greatest confidence in hospitals. My brother recently went to a funeral for the father of one of his friends. The man had a triple bypass that he was recovering fine, and the doctors decided to put him on a medication that unfortunately had possible bad side effect. The man died from the medication, and the doctors pretty much said "Sorry about that". Your brother is way too young to be having the problems that he is.
Aug. 23, 2013 3:23 am
Thanks Judy, it breaks my heart to think of my brother, I wish I could do something. My brother also had a triple by pass, among 7 other surgeries. It doesn't look good, only God knows what will happen. Its hard to stay positive, but I have got to. Take Care and thank you
Aug. 23, 2013 5:35 am
How lucky your mother is to have you, and you, that you are in good enough health to be able to manage what must be difficult daily care. I hope your mother continues to improve under your loving care and research.
Aug. 23, 2013 1:12 pm
You really do have your hands full. How fortunate your mother is that you have the inclination and make time to do the research necessary to form a care plan for her. You may find this interesting reading. http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2013-08/how-you-can-make-your-brain-smarter-every-day?utm_source=PBS&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=merlin
Aug. 27, 2013 11:50 pm
BigShotsMom, This was an interesting article, and the idea is very familiar to me. The brain is constantly regenerating, but as we get older the tools and fuel that our bodies used to supply to the brain are reduced. I have read a book written by a neurologist that also supports this. As we get older, it takes more than exercising the brain. I will expand more on this in my next blog entry.
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I breed large parrots, like to write, raise most of our veggies, completed my AS degree at 65, enjoy cooking specialty dishes and baking bread. I have done extensive study of cooking and eating healthy. A few years ago, I started researching healthy eating for my parrots, and it has since changed focus to the diet of my family. At this point, I make all of our bread using fresh milled flour that I make. We eat primarily pastures fed meats and eggs, and I make many of our condiments. We also avoid GMO foods and ingredients as much as possible. Since my 93 year old mother has moved in with us, we have eliminated the 10 medications she was on, and her physical and mental condition has improved considerably. I totally believe that we are what we eat. What is really best for us is a constant learning experience.
My favorite things to cook
I get bored with cooking daily meals, but enjoy making specialty and new dishes. I also enjoy baking breads from scratch using freshly ground flour made from various grains that I buy in bulk.
My cooking triumphs
One of my cooking triumphs was baking whole grain breads that are light, tasty, and healthy.
My cooking tragedies
My latest cooking tragedy was recovered with some effort. I made the Navy Bean and Ham soup that I posted and after the cooking time, much of the liquid had evaporated. I was tired when it finished and put it into containers and froze it as it was. The next day we had it for dinner and it was way too thick. As much as I didn't feel like it, I thawed 8 containers of the soup, added more broth, and repackaged it for freezing. It was really a pain, but I'm glad I did it. The finished soup was so much better.
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