Friday, May 27, 2011

Still not quite normal!

Although my life has resumed somewhat of a normalcy, it's not what I was accustomed to. I guess this is my new normal. At least, I am sleeping in my own bed, but there is something about changing diapers on my own mom that is just not right! I didn't think I could do that, but I have had to. I have actually come home a couple of nights before the night caregiver arrived because Mom is asleep and sleeps very soundly. Today, I actually went to Bossier City which is the next city over and much bigger. I was able to get the car washed, get a hair cut and eat some Chinese food. After returning home I have been able to get the yard treated by the yard people and get it watered in since I don't have a sprinkler system. Also, arranged to get the yard aerated next weekend. Finally, a productive day for me. Now, I'm off for my shift with Mom.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hugs to all of you.
I know this doesn't help...but, she did it for you.
Getting out and away is a very good idea. Meet friends for a meal or coffee ....get hold of someone else's world for a bit,to take your mind off of the hard parts of caring for your mom.
You are doing it and the more times you do it the easier it will get,in my experience.
Have you tried the probiotics? You may be able to take care of it. So she will be able to have a bowel movement normally.
Sometimes the stroke has done something to cause it and I think the control can return. Don't give up on it.
You can buy probiotics over the counter now I think....I also think her doc could prescribe it for her and it may be covered by insurance. Does she like yogurt? There are some yogurts with probiotics, but I think it would be best to get it at prescription strength to take care of the balance in her intestines more quickly to make things work right.
A lot of things are trial and error...because each case is different.
Is there one of her meds that may be causing it that she could possibly get off of?? Research...ask her doc , the LPN. She/He has seen a lot in their years of experience. Beth