Sunday, August 10, 2008

The weather is absolutely perfect today; sunny with a cool breeze blowing and low humidity. Mom and I sat outside for nearly 2 hours enjoying the weather and the company of our neighbors. Even Olivia came out in her kittywalk. I think Lily was jealous, so next time I need to make sure that Lily gets outside too. Yesterday was Lily's 9th birthday. She had to go have a blood test at the vet. We are monitoring her hypercalcemia. She was not happy about it. We've also started her on Cosequin for her joints. It's a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement that is sprinkled on the the food. She's been looking a little stiff lately. She's also lost a little weight which is hopefully from all the exercise that she gets playing with Olivia.

Getting Mom to and from the bathroom is really hard. She rarely makes it on time and she complains about how much it hurts to walk. I hope I can make it. Poor Mom has lost so much independence. I think I could deal if it was just the ALZ but throw in the inability to walk and the incontinence and it's pretty much impossible for me to care for her as well as she deserves. Betsy, I understand now why your well went dry. We are doing laundry on a daily basis, sometimes more than once in a day.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh rilera,
your mom sounds exactly the way my mom does. Making it to the bathroom because walking is hard, losing her independence and realizing she is. Everything you have said about your mom sounds just like you're describing mine. And its all been happening so very fast. Will we ever get through this. I came upon your blog from another one, and I will be saving it on my favorites list. I'm sorry you have to be going through this, but I thank you for blogging and letting me see so many similarities in our mothers. It helps to know.

Jackie (jackieyo)
from adcaregivers.com

flintysooner said...

Saturday here the weather forecast was for a high of 89 and we hit 104. Just a tiny bit off the mark. It was probably 89 somewhere and it was 89 here for about 5 minutes. Sunday was nice and overnight we've had a lot of rain.

Sorry about Lily. Our old cat is having her problems. Her solution to all issues though is for me to feed her more. (I can appreciate that thought, too!)

The toilet issues are always so difficult for everyone involved. Sounds like you are doing great.

nancy said...

just wanted you to know i am thinking of you. (((((hugs)))))

~Betsy said...

Our weather has turned cooler, too. I really like the heat so I am a bit disappointed.

Since mom's passing, I am floored at how fast I complete the laundry. A few loads and it's done. I guess I never realized just how much it added, but I see it now.

Stay strong, Robyn. You're a special daughter.