May 17, 2012

Dotty is Still With Us, Thursday, 7 AM

Its a new day, and I continue to deal with the situation.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dotty is resting comfortably. So comfortable that she is not moving. It is getting very difficult to move her, as she won't cooperate, and she doesn't like it.

Her temperature is up a touch, so I am watching that closely.

She is not talking, although she occasionally says a few words.

She is not responding when I talk to her. Sometimes she opens her eyes, most times she doesn't.

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Dotty is continuing to decline slowly, but surely.

When I rub her right arm she doesn't like it. When I rub her left arm she seems to like it. She is not responding negatively to touch. She seems to calm when I rub her.

I continue to get liquid into her by by putting my thumb on the end of a straw. Sometimes she sucks on her end of the straw. She cannot draw water by sucking on the straw herself.

I need some advice, equipment, and help from the Hospice right now, so I intend to call them when I finish here.

The best I can say by using my eyes is that Dotty is comfortable, but slowly fading. She is very weak.

As always, thanks for the support.

Its a new day, and I continue to deal with the situation. It seems like the end is really near this time. But, with Dotty who knows.

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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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