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Nov. 11, 2014 2:37 am 
Updated: Nov. 21, 2014 12:38 am
I wasn't going to do much more on updates of my mother's condition, but I wanted to offer a word to the wise from our personal experience. For those of you who are caring for a love one with dementia, I'm sure that you can relate to what I have been going through. I had done so much… MORE
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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… MORE
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Aug. 21, 2014 1:25 am 
Updated: Aug. 28, 2014 12:46 am
As I had mentioned in my last blog entry, healthy eating on a regular basis takes some effort. It is so tempting sometimes, and once in a while I relent, to go out for dinner just to have a night off from cooking. My husband loves take-out pizza and often suggests that we get out for dinner.… MORE
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Jul. 29, 2014 12:53 am 
Updated: Aug. 21, 2014 1:28 am
Although sharing my experiences with my Mom will likely help someone facing the same problem, my original purpose for this blog was to discuss healthy eating that will help everyone. In some of my first posts, I discussed the dangers of GMO foods and products, but there is more to it than… MORE
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Jul. 25, 2014 12:47 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2014 5:35 am
I am by no means a doctor, but I do have a good knowledge of medical conditions, medications, etc. through raising parrots for over 35 years and through the many hours of research that I have done. I have learned through experience that doctors and nursing homes will not use anything that is… MORE
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Jul. 18, 2014 12:14 am 
Updated: Jul. 24, 2014 11:36 pm
It has been about 3 months since my last post because things have been very busy here. First of all, I really want to thank everyone that has been following this story and has offered support and encouragement. I do know that there a lot of people going through a similar situation with a… MORE
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Apr. 8, 2014 1:48 am 
Updated: Apr. 14, 2014 6:17 pm
I haven't posted in a while because it has been a difficult and discouraging time since my mother got shingles in her eye and then the UTI she brought home from the hospital stay. Prior to this, she had made so much progress, both physically and mentally, that I was really encouraged.  At… MORE
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Jan. 30, 2014 12:48 am 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2014 2:09 pm
It has been 7 months since the setback with my mother caused by the shingles in her eye and the ESBL UTI she got from the hospital. I know that some of you are dealing with similar problems and have elderly parents that you care for. If you have been following this blog, you know that the… MORE
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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… MORE
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Sep. 26, 2013 1:19 am 
Updated: Sep. 30, 2013 1:36 am
It is now 3 months since my mother got out of the hospital after getting shingles in her eye, and we still have a long way to go to get back to where she was before the shingles and the UTI she got at the hospital. I think we finally beat the bowel incontinence, but urinary incontinence is… MORE
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About Me
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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