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Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 08-27-2012, 04:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 26,677
Posted By Martha H
Re: Coconut Oil as a treatment

The best thing about this method is that it does no harm ..unlike so many drugs prescribed for this condition which do not do any good but do a LOT of harm!
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 07-08-2012, 06:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 963
Posted By Martha H
Re: Passed away

Dear Nina, you have my condolences. I'm glad it was peaceful. Now you have to get on with your life.

Love,

Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-04-2012, 03:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,259
Posted By Martha H
Re: Update on Mom

I hope there is improvment today. Yes, a UTI is always a possibiity. Sorry you have this new worry. God bless you and all caregivers.

Love,

Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 05-26-2012, 03:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,412
Posted By Martha H
Re: Not so hidden costs of "But She Seemed Really Fine"

The saddest thing about all this is how many people (corporations) are willing and quick to take advantage of a person's confusion to make money for themselves. Mom was 94 when a bank employee...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 05-01-2012, 06:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,783
Posted By Martha H
Re: So many losses...

I am so glad it was not thyroid cancer! I hope everything troubling you is now gone for a time of peace and calm.

Love,

Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-24-2012, 12:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,783
Posted By Martha H
Re: So many losses...

It's not realistic to move your Mom to NM. Even getting her into an assisted living facility there may be harder, some states require residency for X amount of time.

If you can get her into an AL...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-24-2012, 03:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,783
Posted By Martha H
Re: So many losses...

Dear Jan, I am so sorry that you are going through a rough time. Things in life do build up, and we all have a snapping point. I'm glad you did get on the next fight and fly home, that s HUGE! You...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-09-2012, 04:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,426
Posted By Martha H
Re: My mum hates me - I'm her carer - help

Dear Pretenette,

You have my total sympathy and understanding. My Mom also forgot who I was and said she could not have a daughter this old. In her mind she was a young woman but in reality, in...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-09-2012, 04:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,140
Posted By Martha H
Re: Vaseline in hair???

I kind of think that nothing but time will work. Eventually it will all be absorbed. Who knows, it may even give her shiny soft hair.

You are indeed fortunate that your Mom allows showers. Every...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-02-2012, 03:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,082
Posted By Martha H
Re: My life is changing

After living with Mom for 5 years, I told my kids that if I get dementia in my old age, I want to live in an assisted living or nursing hme! I have visited many friends now living in those places, ...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-01-2012, 03:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,082
Posted By Martha H
Re: My life is changing

Mom passed away in December 2007 ... over 4 years ago. I stop in here now and then, mainly to see how the people I knew back then are coming along. It is encouraging to know this Board is still...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-25-2012, 03:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 26,677
Posted By Martha H
Re: Coconut Oil as a treatment

Mike, no one here would condemn you for trying it .. as former or current AD caregivers we too tired everything, and I do mean everything! I am glad your Mom shows some improvement, and I also...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-19-2012, 03:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,203
Posted By Martha H
Re: Know it all family members

Dear Dillinda, this is much more common in Dementia caregivers than you may think. I got all kinds of comments and suggestions from well meaning (and otherwise) family members. One kept saying Mom...
Board: Liver & Pancreas Disorders 03-14-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,222
Posted By Martha H
fatty liver

My sister, 74, has been diagnosed with fatty liver. Her cholesterol readings are all normal to excellent. She is not an alcohol abuser. What can be the cause? What can be done? She has switched to...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-07-2012, 03:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,298
Posted By Martha H
Re: How do you deal with all the friends with ideas and cures?

Mom took a statin drug after a heart failure episonde, although her cholesterol was normal. 6 months later she had dementia. The doctor said ''no connection" but we took her off the drug....
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-07-2012, 05:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,298
Posted By Martha H
Re: How do you deal with all the friends with ideas and cures?

If a person calls to helpfully recommend a quack cure, just say "thanks for the info. Very interesting." However, if they call to tell you you are doing everything wrong, and it is your fault that...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-13-2012, 06:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,041
Posted By Martha H
Re: Mom is Gone

I am so sorry for your loss. As much as it is expected, it still comes as a shock. I hope the funeral goes well, and you will continue to have the support of family and friends. God bless you.
...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-10-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,752
Posted By Martha H
Re: He's Gone...

Dear Jan, you are OK, and it is going to get better. It's a tough day, but there will be good days. It is hard, terrbly hard, but in the end it will all turn out all right. You have the peace of...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-05-2012, 11:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,015
Posted By Martha H
Re: Late December

Things seem to get into perspective after some time has gone by. During the caregivng years I was obsessed with Mom. For the first few years I thought she did not have Dementia, but would...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-05-2012, 04:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,015
Posted By Martha H
Late December

Happy New Year! I am so glad December is over. As much as I love Christmas, I am always reminded of the deaths of both my parents.

My Dad passed away on December 31 a long, long time ago, and my...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-04-2012, 03:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,752
Posted By Martha H
Re: He's Gone......

Jan, you have been a great help to others in this forum. It is just better when you have other people with you on the same journey. I pray you get through the funeral and the mourning period well,...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-31-2011, 03:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,485
Posted By Martha H
Re: Hospice and fading fast......

Jan I am so sorry you are going through all this pain. My thoughts and prayers have been with you all week, and I have been checking every day to see if there was further news. Hang in there. Try to...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-25-2011, 05:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,863
Posted By Martha H
Re: New doctor - new meds

I'm so sorry, I know how it feels.

My Mom was n hospice care at he same NH where she had lived for 2 years. They were kind and caring, but just knowing it was close to the end was difficult....
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-18-2011, 03:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,746
Posted By Martha H
Re: Fast moving AD

I fear they are only doing custodial care. I find it all very strange and unsettling. If it were my relative I would be yelling for answers.

The only thing I ever heard of that goes this fast...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-18-2011, 08:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,746
Posted By Martha H
Re: Fast moving AD

I spoke to my neighbor today and found out that this lady was hospitalized for a week when her bizarre behavior first began around 3 months ago. They did CT scans and MRIs, reviewed her history and...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-16-2011, 01:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,746
Posted By Martha H
Re: Fast moving AD

Good thoughts. I will tell my neighbor and find out what has been done. A couple of months ago the doctor diagnosed Alzheimer's Disease, and she was put in a nursing home. Just a few weeks later the...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-16-2011, 02:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,746
Posted By Martha H
Question Fast moving AD

There is a case in my circle of friends here, a woman who was fine 3 months ago, then started acting 'strangely' and is now in a locked unit of an Alzheimer's Disease nursing home. No one I know has...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-13-2011, 11:56 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,106
Posted By Martha H
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

Let us know how the extended visit went. I wish you luck. Glad for you that the visit with your cousin went so well.

Love,
Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-07-2011, 01:32 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,106
Posted By Martha H
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

I think my Dad had the right idea, and he was poor enough to make it happen. He said "I will not leave any will. No one will be happy when I die." He didn't. We weren't.

Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 11-06-2011, 10:47 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,106
Posted By Martha H
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

Nothing like new life to wipe out thoughts of old age etc. Glad you had some cheering up!

Love,

Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-11-2011, 06:25 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,106
Posted By Martha H
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

I'm so sorry Jan. Hope he gets it under control and lives a long long and happy life!

Love,

Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-11-2011, 06:22 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 19,359
Posted By Martha H
Re: It's over and she is free.

My brother and sister in law spent a week in Murphy NC this summer. What a small world!!!

Love,
Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-05-2011, 05:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,772
Posted By Martha H
Re: my father in law

Sorry to hear of your loss, Debbie. Every death is sad, but we have the good memories of that person as he or she was in life . I am thinking of you.

Love,
Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-02-2011, 03:35 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,106
Posted By Martha H
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

No, TC, it will not break your spirit .. it will make you an even more understanding and compassionate person than you already are!

Love,
Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 09-30-2011, 11:38 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,106
Posted By Martha H
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

Going to HB and whining kept me halfways sane for 5 years! What are friends for?

Love,

Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 09-20-2011, 03:32 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,106
Posted By Martha H
Re: I ***HATE*** This Disease!!!

I'm so sorry that you are suffering so badly. It brings back memories. In my opinion it is the hardest sickeness to care for, bar none. Well, the person with AD is at least not in pain, but...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 09-18-2011, 10:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,149
Posted By Martha H
Re: Appalled

You are right, Beginning ... judging others is wrong. I just don't like the way he bent the bible verse to make it sound OK .. Having Alzheimer's Disease = being dead. Otherwise everyone is...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 09-16-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,149
Posted By Martha H
Re: Appalled

Absolutely, the law of love applies to anyone of any religion or no religion ...love, human caring and sympathy are not limited to any one religion!

It always amazes me that some people are not...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 09-16-2011, 07:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,149
Posted By Martha H
Angry Appalled

Are any of you also angry at the statement from Pat Robertson, TV evangelist, who said a man could divorce his wife and remarry on the grounds of her having Alzheimer's Disease?

He said she was...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 08-31-2011, 03:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,948
Posted By Martha H
Re: Frozen

Before I read the others' answers, just a tip or two from my long experience with Mom. Bring some hand lotion with you, or use any she may have there, and rub it into her hands. Comb her hair,...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 08-20-2011, 07:12 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 19,359
Posted By Martha H
Re: It's over and she is free.

Just after Mom's funeral, when I got back to Indiana and started going about my normal business again, I found I could not concentrate. I took books out of the library, read a few pages, could not...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 08-19-2011, 08:56 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 19,359
Posted By Martha H
Re: It's over and she is free.

Meg, that is awesome, that you have the energy left to go and help others. You are one in a million. Amazing.

Love,

Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 08-06-2011, 05:38 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 19,359
Posted By Martha H
Re: It's over and she is free.

One of the few pleasures in life left to my Mom in those final months at the NH was being taken out into the courtyard and watching/feeding the birds who came into that area to get bread from...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 08-04-2011, 03:18 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 19,359
Posted By Martha H
Re: It's over and she is free.

I'm so glad you are doing well and you are aware of your Mom's presence ..I was too,
shortly after Mom's death and now every so often ...

Love,

Martha
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 07-29-2011, 03:32 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 19,359
Posted By Martha H
Re: It's over and she is free.

Dear Meg, I am so very sorry. It is hard. The dreaded call, and all the rest. All I can say is your title says it all: she is free. She and my Mom are dancing and flying around in the great beyond,...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 07-25-2011, 08:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 649
Posted By Martha H
Smile greetings

Hello to all my HB friends from faraway Germany. I have not been on HB for weeks, but will be home tomorrow. I love to read positive comments such as hope for a cure or new ways to treat AD victims. ...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-18-2011, 08:15 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 56,330
Posted By Martha H
Re: What's always the same!

I used to think that when we have a chronic or acute illness, it is the drugs that keep us alive. I finally learned from an old friend who is a retired physician that mainly the drugs just stimulate...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-18-2011, 07:18 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 56,330
Posted By Martha H
Re: What's always the same!

One thing about prescription drugs: My Mom stopped processing food around 8 months before she died. At the same time blood tests showed that none, not any, of her 5 or 6 different heart/BP pills...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-17-2011, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,298
Posted By Martha H
Re: new granddaughter

Her name is Marion Lydia! 6 pounds 3/4 oz. Beautiful - I have rec'd pictures via internet, and will see her in person very soon (they live far away.)

Thanks for your good wishes.

Love,
...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-16-2011, 03:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,298
Posted By Martha H
Smile new granddaughter

To all my Alzheimer Care friends ..my new granddaughter was just born a little while ago, fine and heathy. I had to think of the old quotation "in the middle of death, there is life." Lots of...
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