Posted by PAT
on October 06, 2000 at 07:34:49:
In Reply to: Re: WEIGHT LOSS/ALZHEIMERS posted by Annette on September 13, 2000 at 19:24:56:
: ALTHO MY MOM WAS DIAGNOSED BY 4 DIFFRENT DOCTORS ,I STILL HAVE DOUBT BUT THAT IS ON HER VERY GOOD DAYS.SOMETIMES SHE IS SO MUCH MOM AT 8AM BUT BY 10AM SHE IS SO CONFUSED.I ALWAYS THINK SHE IS SSO YOUNG "AGE68" THAT MAYBE SHE JUST HAS A POOR MEMORY. I SWEAR SHE REMEMBERS WHAT COLOR MY UNDERWEAR WAS WHEN I WAS 3 YEARS OLD BUT SHE CANT REMBER WHAT SHE ATE FOR BREAKFAST..I GET SO SAD..I AM ALWAYS WANTING TO TALK TO OTHER CAAREGIVERS.
: she will eat without almost force-feeding her is sweets, hamburgers, fries, and choc. shakes and Frosties. They can't get her to put her teeth in to chew so they pureed her food. Sometimes she'll eat it, but most times not. But I or my daughter can put her teeth in and get her to eat a whole hamburger! Thank goodness she'll dink Ensure and Boost. I think this is just a common thing that goes along with the disease. Some days are better than others. I get really enthused if she eats 70% of her food one day, only to hear that she refused to eat the next. It's an awful disease. Not only does it rob the patient, but it robs the family. Everybody suffers. Guilt is the worst thing I think I face every day---that I'm not able to DO anything. I just say a prayer every day that my mother doesn't suffer any more than is absolutely necessary. I try to cherish every GOOD thing that happens with her.