Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Betty and Trish:
Well, mom survived the extractions and new plate but her mouth is very sore. She had soup and ice cream for supper and sucked on hard candy during the evening. She and I watched the Stargate marathon on the SciFi channel to keep her mind off her mouth. She had to sleep sitting up in grandpa's rocking chair in the bedroom. She did slip into bed during for a few hours before getting up to go to 7:45 am appointment with Dr. Chang. She needed to sit upright because of the residual bleeding and swelling. She has to keep the plate in her mouth as much as possible to see where sore spots develop so Barb can make adjustments in the plate. Overall, mom was a trooper. She made jokes and laughed at herself for how she probably looked with a swollen mouth and lip. I stayed close to her all evening and combed her hair alot. She also took Tylenol to relieve the pain. I told her we would celebrate at the end of the week by going out to eat Friday night and to a movie on Saturday. Keep her in your prayers.
When hearing about the experiences Mom and you are going through due to her dental situation, I am SO glad that one of us could be with her through this. You made me sniff a bit when you said you hung out with Mom watching SciFi, combed her hair, etc. *smile*
Monday, January 06, 2003
Betty and Trish:
I had one of the nicest weekends with mom since she has been here. She is more like her old self; yes, a little rampaging but not bad. She actually took an interest in the old phonograph and began trying to play the cylinder disks. She was in her element at the party Saturday night and really enjoyed the jokes and laughter of the guests. She got to tell some interesting facts about herself, her crafts and her life. It really stimulated her.
She got up Sunday morning and had breakfast. Because of her fluid retention problem, she stayed home from church but she had made herself a ham sandwich and a cup of tea by the time we got back from church. Then we eat and drove north to see the kids. When we returned, she had made herself supper. While we were gone, she had watched TV, read and taken a nap. She stayed up til 11pm and then took an ambien and promptly went to sleep.
One interesting observation about the last couple of days: When in this mood, she doesn't get weepy and cry as much about Dad. Yes, she misses him but she seems to handle it with more grace and maturity. I guess we can only pray that this pattern takes hold but only time will tell. We watched the SciFi channel together as well as
the Practice and the Star Trek, The Next Generation marathon. She wants to make some chocolate fudge this week so I'll accommodate. I plan to take her shopping at Catherine Pluses this weekend as they are having 70% off sales and also take her to see The Two Towers. Bill and I want to see Gangs of New York.
Friday, January 03, 2003
Yes, Mom has had accidents likes this before. We were on the way home from eating out, and bad cramps came upon her, I had to stop asap to let her use a bathroom. When she came out she smelled horrible, and when I asked she started crying and said she had had an accident. She said there was a mess in the bathroom. I went in and it was ALL over the floor in the bathroom and the toilet seat and in the toilet bowl with tons of toilet paper all over. I could have told the management, but I didn't. I left it - it was horrible! I had Mom sit on a paper on the way home to protect my car seat. I immediately arranged a shower for her at the Manor and personally helped her undress and showered her myself. The whole time she was crying from shame. I felt SO bad for her...It would so hard for any of us to go through!
Betty and Trish:
Mom had an accident on the way to the bathroom just before I got home last night. She left some of her bowel movement on her bedsheets, hallway carpet and some on bathroom floor before she made it to toilet. Bill cleaned up some of it and I did the rest when I got home. She did not have any underpants and pads on. She had been wearing them but when she got in her rampage mode, she was determined not to wear them. I have now convinced her she must wear her underpants with a heavy Assurance pad to bed so she has some protection when she gets a belly ache. I also have bought her Assurance panties that look like a grown up version of diaper panties with elasticized leg holes and waist that she can wear at home or when she is out in public. Has she had accidents like this at the manor? I don't know for sure if she is loosing control or if the accident was because of diarrhea. Needless to say, if she is loosing bladder and rectal control, she may not be able to travel in the future and her future at Moorhead Manor will be shortened.