Six Months Since the Hospital Setback, and Constant Improvement
Dec. 18, 2013 12:36 am
Updated: Dec. 22, 2013 12:48 am
It's been 6 months since my mother was put into the hospital for shingles in her eye and then came home from the hospital with an ESBL UTI. We were set back to less than ground zero. If you have been following this blog, you know that we had seen enormous
improvements in my mother's health and her mental capacity after we brought her here from the nursing home. After the shingles and the hospital fiasco, we had to start all over. When she came home after a 4 day hospital stay, she couldn't walk, talk, understand,
or even eat. All foods had to be pureed, and, again, she was completely incontinent, both fecal and urinary.
Now, 6 months later, she is walking on her own, eating a good diet, beginning to talk and read again, and understand everything we say to her (as long as she has not decided to ignore us). Her blood work is still excellent and, according to her doctor, better
than most 20 year olds - not bad for a 93 year old woman. She is not taking any meds at all - also not bad for her age.
We bought her a cycle that she can use when she is sitting, and we have had her use it at least 15 minutes each day. This has helped to build her leg muscles, and has improved her walking. We have also bought her flash cards that she reads and says the words.
This has improved her reading ability and also her speech. We have also been working on having her do basic things like dressing, going to the bathroom by herself, drying her face after washing, and brushing her teeth (what there are left of them), by herself.
In addition, we have bought her child wood puzzles to help with dexterity and coordination. By doing this, we are seeing improvements almost daily.
At times, she seems afraid to try new things because she is afraid that she will fail. We have continued to encourage her and to assure it will get better as she practices. Fortunately, she has a very cooperative and up personality, and she really wants to
For anyone facing a similar situation with a love one, I am more than willing to share what we have been doing for my mother. We are all on a diet that is primarily healthy and natural, although it is not possible to avoid all foods that have GMO content, preservatives,
etc. She is taking a number of dietary supplements that are primarily antioxidants for the brain. Most of these are antioxidants that our bodies produce when we are younger, but are not produced as we get older. Although most are meant to be used as a preventative
for dementia, I am hoping that we can supply her brain with enough nutrients that it can produce new cells. One of the supplements helps to build new mitochondria, and others to build new brain cells.
Although the brain cells that have been destroyed are gone, the brain is an amazing organ. If given what it needs, it can produce new cells. Once the new cells are produced, it is a matter of developing new synaptic connections. This means re-teaching. In the
last 2 year, I have done hours of research on this subject, and I completely believe that it is possible to rebuild and re-teach a demented brain. If I can prove this through my mother, I am hoping that it will help other elderly people that their family's
have given up on. I really don't believe that the onset of dementia is the end, and I also believe that dementia can be prevented with education and preventative measures.
I do know that I am committed to helping my mother and will not give up on her until she is no longer with me. Fortunately, I don't have health issues to deal with for her any more. We have gotten past that. If you have an elderly love one with health issues
and/or dementia, it is a commitment to get them healthy, but it really depends on how much of your life you want to commit to the endeavor. Believe me, it isn't easy!
My husband and I have gone through a soaked bed every night and linens to be washed, having to puree foods because whole foods couldn't be chewed, furniture that had to be shampooed and floors that had to be cleaned because they were urinated on or fecal matter
had been spread on them. Believe me, it really isn't a fun time, but it can be done if you love the person.