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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dotty Has a Corn, Poop, Harvey Helps Out


What a day. Dotty takes the prune juice. Takes a sip and tells me its poison. Not really complaining, just making an observation....
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Harvey
Today has been an interesting day. I had to get Dotty up early, into the shower, dressed and ready to go to the podiatrist.

Last week, I noticed s growth on top of one of Dotty's toes. Needless to say, it worried me.


As I was wondering what it was Dotty says, its a corn. I was not convinced, so I called the doctor and made the appointment.

I was worried on the way to the doctor.

We get into the office, the doctor looks and says, its a corn. Relief.

I figure he is going to freeze-dry it off or something. But I ask, how do you get it off? He tells me shave it off. Like with a razor. Huh. He goes ahead and Dotty didn't even flinch.

I ask the doctor, do you see a lot of corn's? Doc says, somewhat common in the elderly.

Well that was the first corn I ever saw. Live and learn.

As is always the case, when Dotty cooperates she gets the positive reinforcement. In this case, the fried egg, bacon, and toast. I ask Dotty, how is that egg? She tells me delicious. I wonder to myself, why don't they make egg flavored ice cream? I could kill two birds with one stone.

Did you know they make garlic flavored ice cream? Don't believe me? Come down to the International Garlic Festival here in Delray Beach next February. Lets just put it this way -- everything garlic and contests every hour to boot.

Dotty did something she rarely ever does today. She asked for a glass of water. Wozo. I guess having a corn removed makes you very thirsty.

Then Dotty says, my back hurts. I push on her stomach. I then inform her its the poopy agita backache. The dreaded ca ca backache. The, I have so much poop in me that it is pressing on my lower back causing a backache backache.

So I say to Dotty, well, I could give you some prune juice and it might flush you out. She looks at me and says, Okay. Can we go get a corn shaved off every day?

What a day. Dotty takes the prune juice. Takes a sip and tells me its poison. Not really complaining, just making an observation. I have Harvey tell Dotty, its good for you, its good for you.

Dotty takes another sip and tells me, its hurting my stomach. Not really complaining, just making an observation. I have Harvey tell Dotty, its god's gift to you, its god's gift to you.

Finally we are almost there, one sip to go. I have Harvey tell Dotty, bottoms up, bottoms up. Prune juice gone.

Dotty tells me, I'm hungry, I'm starving. Harvey tells me, I'm hungry, I'm starving, I'm hungry I'm starving.

So far good day. Now we wait for the poop.




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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 2,560 articles with more than 412,100 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.



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