Tuesday, August 19, 2014

As Alzheimer's Advances The Cogs Are Slipping

The gears are slipping
After mom fell on her butt the other day, I thought she had taken a down hill turn from the fall, but after the last two days I know that's not really the case.

I can see now that as Alzheimer's advances the cogs are slipping. It's apparent now that mom fell changing clothes the other day because her mind is slipping and so is her balance.

When I woke her up yesterday for breakfast she needed help to get out of bed and getting to the bathroom. When I asked her how she was feeling and if her back hurt, she implied that she was fine, but tired. It wasn't until dinner and Paula was helping her that she began complaining about her back, but that's another story.

I woke her up at normal time today, there was no playing the "I can't hear or understand you game," today, she was hungry, she got out of bed by herself fairly quickly, made a short stop at the bathroom and came out to eat. She had a two-egg ham and cheese omelet, some grapes, watermelon and toast. She ate it all even asking for jam for her toast (she abruptly stopped eating jam one day about three months ago and I have no idea why). This all sounds great, but I can tell, I'm with her every day, all day. She's not the same.

She looks feeble and tired, I can see it on her face and hear it in her voice. The gears have slipped a bit more and they'll probably never be the same again. I can tell that she will soon need a walker to get around, she will need more help changing and getting dressed and will need a lot more coaxing to get out of bed each day. It saddens me to see this downward spiral happening so quickly.

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