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.