May 22, 2012

Dotty is Still With Us, 6:24 AM, But Declining

I wrote this because I understand that many of you have become invested in this end of life experience along with me.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dotty is clearly declining and has been for about 8 hours.

I am starting to notice pauses in her breathing. She is not in a cycle of fast slow breathing. I think the best description would be her breathing is abnormal.

She is not eating, and now she isn't drinking.

She does have some respiratory congestion.


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There is a consistent tiny rattle in Dotty's breathing.

Dotty is on oxygen, but she is breathing through an open mouth most of the time.

Dotty is a bit rigid.

Dotty is not talking, or even mumbling. This might change because it is getting light outside. One thing I did notice these last weeks is that Dotty seems to improve a bit when the sun comes out. Vice versa when it gets dark.

There is more but truthfully that is all I want to say.

I wrote this because I understand that many of you have become invested in this end of life experience with along with me. And, that you are fully invested in Dotty.

Thank you so much.

It is very quiet here. I am calm, and Dotty is comfortable under the circumstances.

Someone is coming to check on her soon.

If there is anything to report I will update (add to) this article later. You can come back and check later if you care to do so.

As always, thank you so much for your support and prayers.

Thanks also to Hospice by the Sea.

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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 3,511 articles with more than 297,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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