Jun 22, 2011

Dotty Sniffs Out the Pumpkin Pie, Isn't Feeling Well

In this bizarre world, Alzheimer's World, you never know what is going to happen next? Remember when I told you how Dotty would say over and over every day, "I'm hungry, I'm starving".

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dotty never stops amazing me. She might not be able to tell you what she had to eat 30 seconds ago, but she can still find food. She somehow sniffs it out.

For fun yesterday, I put a piece of pumpkin pie behind the toaster. I did let the edge of the plate stick out so you could just barely see it. After I did it, I forgot about it.

Sure enough a couple of hours later, there is the plate sitting on the counter in the kitchen empty, well there were some crumbs left. I was pretty sure that Dotty would find it, but I wanted to see.

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The best part of this story is that I never heard her rumaging around, nor did I hear her while she was eating.

This differs from when Dotty sneak up on the cereal. I don't hear her getting the cereal, pouring the cereal, or pouring the milk into the cereal. I learn she is eating "another" bowl of cereal when I hear the clink clink clink of the spoon hitting the cereal bowl when she gets near the bottom.

I can tell you seven years ago when Dotty would eat a bowl of cereal after eating a steak and baked potato it would drive me "nutso". My entire body including my brain would just go "crazy". Even though I knew it was because of Alzheimer's disease I still had problems dealing with those situations.

If you watched a person eat a steak, baked potato, vegetables, and then scarf down a bowl of cereal immediately thereafter what would you be thinking? Feeling?

Well that is what I was thinking.

The problem in those days, it was happening over and over and over, day after day after day. Know what I mean?

Over time I learned to deal with these situations by sending myself into the world -- Alzheimer's World. Once you get the hang of it, all things bizarre become normal.

Who knew I would be writing like this eight years ago.

In this bizarre world, Alzheimer's World, you never know what is going to happen next? Remember when I told you how Dotty would say over and over everyday, "I'm hungry, I'm starving". Well, she has not been saying that much for the last few weeks.

I now know when Dotty doesn't say it, she is not feeling well.

Right now she is taking a heavy duty antibiotic and we are trying to get to the bottom of her headaches, wild swings in her blood pressure, changing body temperatures, and sometimes low pulse rate.

So once again, we are hitting the doctor every week and getting tests. So far nothing showing up. Dotty is weak at times but we have not had to use the wheelchair.

I am on top of it, to the degree possible. I'll keep you posted.

I'm happy Dotty sniffed out the pumpkin pie. The old girl is going to be 95 years old in a week.

Now that is really amazing.

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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 2,680 articles with more than 512,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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