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An Update on My Mother for Those that have Been Following 
 
Aug. 28, 2014 11:50 pm 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2014 8:52 am
I will get back to the healthy eating theme in the next post, but thought I would provide an update on my mother's progress for those that have been following and have elderly parents that they care for.

In the last couple of months, we have had some accelerated progress. We started her in a physical therapy program that has help a lot in her ability to walk on her own. I think this has also been good for her because she gets out of the house and interacts with different people. Her ability to walk as greatly improved as has some of her other mobility skills.

We have also been taking her to a homeopathic doctor every other week, that, from what he hold us, is working on various autoimmune problems, the blood brain barrier, and strengthening the bladder and brain in addition to other things. In the last few months we have seen some gradual improvement.

The continence issue has gradually improved. We seldom have a wet bed in the morning. I do still get her up in the night to go to the bathroom, but most often everything is dry. She has extreme aphasia, and up until now has not been able to speak any understandable words. She has most often seemed to understand speech, but couldn't speak herself. The last couple of months, we have been hearing more words from her and even quite a few full sentences.

From what all health care professional have told us, dementia patients generally show a constant decline over time. We are not seeing this with my mother. The professionals tell me that what is happening with her is not atypical of dementia. "They don't get better." My mother "is" getting better. She is starting to talk again, and she does show evidence of having sort term memory which is the first to go with dementia. This can only help to prove that dementia is not the end. Something can be done about it, and it can be reversed.

If we can reverse my mother's dementia at the serious level that it was, it seems that someone just starting into it could be reversed more easily. For any of you caring for a parent with dementia, please don't give up on them. I know how hard it is to care for them, but they would do nothing less for you.

For what it's worth, we have also started with home care for the summer. This doesn't help me much, but my husband has more time to get things done outside - like mowing our lawn that is over 3 acres and cleaning a patio that had become overgrown with weeds. The extra help has relieve some of the stress caused by jobs that couldn't get done because of lack of time. Very often, added stress is cause by lack of time to do things that need to be done. A little extra help in caring for your parent can help relieve a lot of that stress.

My next blog entry will go back to addressing healthy eating that will help your family and an aging parent if you have one.
 
Comments
Aug. 29, 2014 8:03 am
I'm so glad your mom is improving! seeking and receiving outside health isessential to more quality time for you and your husband. when my wife suffered her stroke, I was to paralyzed by fear to seek outside help. one of her best friends came by our home and I stopped her in the driveway, because I was embarrassed by how the interior looked. it was a wake-up call and I got the house in order. YOU know when she is improving, medical folks make mistakes! speaking and better bladder control is terrific news! I know i'll eventually have to care for my ma n law, she seems to be experiencing the early signs of dementia. I will research homopathetic treatment .
 
Aug. 29, 2014 10:07 am
I firmly believe healthcare providers are too quick to paste the dementia label on geriatric patients and fail to diagnose other problems because the symptoms are similar. This happened with my father. His actual problem was a bad reaction to a medication, but it took a solid six months to make his doctor realize it. Your mother is so fortunate to have you as her advocate.
 
Abbey 
Aug. 29, 2014 1:38 pm
Hi Judy. I'm so excited for your mothers improvements. That is wonderful! My grandmother was just diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia a couple weeks ago. It was caused by a brain surgery years ago. She's still herself, for now. Nobody knows when the downhill slope will start. Your update gives me hope, and I hope to hear of her continued improvements.
 
Aug. 29, 2014 8:49 pm
BigShotsMom, I fully agree with you about the possibility that some meds can cause dementia symptoms. This also true of a vitamin B12 deficiency. I also think the dietary changes and some of the supplements that are antioxidants for the brain have helped. I believe that I have written about some of these in my previous blog entries.
 
Aug. 30, 2014 6:09 pm
Hi Judy, you are awesome and a loving daughter to care for your mother so. This summer I lost a great uncle, not to dementia. He was the lucky one. He just fell down dead. We learned IMMEDIATELY of the "secret" he and my great aunt had been keeping. She is suffering early Altzheimers? dementia? Unfortunately, she is unable to remain at home. They have no children and it has fallen to my sister to find her care. My sister does not share my holistic philosophy and believes the the "marvels" of Big Pharma. In six short weeks my aunt can no longer walk nor speak. Anything I've tried to add to the discussion has been dismissed. It is very sad, and hard to witness. Bravo to you and very best wishes to your mother.
 
Aug. 30, 2014 11:23 pm
LadySparkle, I am so very sorry to hear about the decline of your great aunt. What is happening to her didn't have to happen. When we took my mother out of the nursing home she had been put into by medical people, she could not walk or talk at all. She was also completely incontinent and on 10 medications. Now she can walk on her own, is mostly continent, is taking only one med for thyroid, and is beginning to say full sentences. Did you ever see the movie "Soilant Green"? That is what Big Pharma and the general medical profession reminds me of.
 
Lela 
Aug. 31, 2014 1:56 am
I am so glad your mom is doing better. Just curious, how did the doctor help her with her bladder?
 
Sep. 1, 2014 1:21 am
Hi Lela, To tell you the truth, I'm not sure. It tend to be a skeptic when it comes to doctors, but a homeopathic doctor is not like anything you have ever seen. The whole thing is based on pressure points similar to acupuncture, but laser lights, and homeopathic pills are used. To tell you the truth, it really looks like a voodoo thing, but this doctor is familiar with every supplement I throw at him. I consider myself to be pretty familiar with supplements and the workings of the brain, and this guy is right there with me more than any other doctor we have gone to. I have talked to a few people that have seen him, and, in their opinions, he works miracles. Although I am still a bit skeptical, he has come through on all of my questions, and he has done my mother more good than any other doctor we have seen - without the use of drugs. Incidentally, his mother is the same age as mine, and she started showing signs of dementia where she couldn't do for herself any more. She is now still maintaining her own house and taking care of herself at 94 years of age. I can't honestly say that my mother will ever get back to what she was before the dementia, but I can say that we have see improvement since we started seeing the homeopathic doctor. Whether this improvement is due to what we are doing with diet and supplements or what he is doing with homeopathic medicine, I can say for sure. Maybe it's a combination of the two. I really don't think there is any one "cut and clear" answer. This is all a new, and unexplored, path that most don't choose to take.
 
Lela 
Sep. 1, 2014 8:52 am
Thanks judy! Sounds really interesting and I am glad your mom is getting better.
 
 
 
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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.
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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.
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One of my cooking triumphs was baking whole grain breads that are light, tasty, and healthy.
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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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