May 8, 2012

It's Way to Quiet in Here Right Now

No doubt Dotty is scared. She just can't figure out what is going on.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

No swing channel on the television, no constant yakking. Quiet.

I had to go talk to Harvey so his feelings wouldn't be hurt because Dotty is not paying attention to him. So no Harvey repeating away, or singing with us.

No 90 minute trips to the john, no constant laments, I'm hungry, I'm starving. Quiet.

What is the saying, "be careful what you wish for"?

It is kinda peaceful, too peaceful. Eerie actually.

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I know y'all are wondering how Dotty is doing. Right now it is hard to say.

So far she wants to stay in bed. I get her out and she wants to go back into the bed.

There is some good news today. Dotty took a poop. I think the Align helped us on that one. The pee is flowing. Now here is something I know many of you will find hard to believe. No pee in the bed. No pee in the undies. No pee in the pajamas. All the pee right in the place where it is supposed to go. Head scratcher. Don't worry I am fully aware of the penalties that come with dehydration.

I have Dotty drinking some Ensure. Of course, I told her it is chocolate milk. I have her sipping away on water, and juice. Liquids wise we are doing okay.

Food wise, nothing good to report just yet. Don't worry, I'm working it. For those of you who are wondering, Dotty can still swallow.

I can tell you, Dotty is very very dizzy. Constantly dizzy. Dotty is very very weak. Although, she did sit up on the side of the bed all by herself once.

No doubt Dotty is scared. She just can't figure out what is going on. Don't worry I am working that also. Good communication, tactile communication. I'm on top of it.

Every once in a while Dotty does start yelling, Bobby, Bobby, Bobby. I don't like the sound of her voice. Don't worry, I can deal with it.

I am talking some to Dotty. But not enough. We are not conversing enough for my liking. I'll work it.

I was hoping to take her for a wheelchair ride today in the sun. That is not going to happen. Maybe tomorrow.

Now for the bad stuff. Right now the paperwork for Hospice is in outer space. The old circle jerk. Hospice by the Sea is trying to obtain it directly as we speak.

Thanks for all the emails and comments.

You have any comments or advice, shoot it in.

Everything seems to be under control at the moment.

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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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