May 18, 2012

Dotty Still With Us 9 AM, Some Enchanted Evening

As I was rubbing her feet, Dotty's eyes popped open and she gave me that sweet little Dotty smile.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dotty didn't say anything most of the day yesterday even though I talked with her quite a bit. She was saying a lot with her face.

Around 6 PM I was standing at the tip of her bed, smiling at her. Out of the clear blue sky she said, "Bobby, I'm thirsty". I might add in a strong voice.

A couple of hours later I went once again to the tip of her bed and started rubbing her feet. I think the feet go first. This was the case with my father.

As I was rubbing her feet, Dotty's eyes popped open and she gave me that sweet little Dotty smile.

Dotty is very weak. Even when she opens her eyes they don't stay open for long.

I am feeding Dotty water and Boost through the end of a straw while holding my thumb on the other end, and then releasing the liquid very carefully into her mouth. I tried a giant syringe but that didn't work well for us. I was worried I would give Dotty the sensation of being water boarded or drowning.

Dotty rested well last night. She is resting very comfortably this morning. More or less, she is going in and out in terms of awareness.

She is clean and still peeing. Her urine is okay. She is laboring while breathing, but not to the point where it seems like the end is imminent.

In some ways she is better than yesterday because she seems more content.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support and prayers. They mean more than I could have imagined.

Thanks to Hospice by the Sea.

One point of clarification. Dotty is under Hospice care, but she is still at home. She is in a hospital bed right next to her bed, in her bedroom.

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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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