Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Well, there’s that

     Me: Since 10am, I have been alone for a total of 10 minutes, and all of those involved me on a toilet.
     Liza: At least you were alone then...

Monday, November 20, 2017

Skin and bones

     Today she weighs 112 pounds.
     A week ago she was 130, and 126 a week before that.
     "As long as it’s in the triple digits, we don’t worry too much," the daytime aide joked while telling me the number.
     "I did notice yesterday that I can see all the bones in my arm," she mused, seemingly unfazed by the number.
     "She normally weighs 140-150," I told her, "112 is something to worry about."
     The nurse agreed, and we suspect that something went hinky with the measurement either last week or today.  Losing 18 pounds in a week is a little extreme, even for her ... especially when she’s been "doing so much better about eating," as she self-reports. Here’s what was left when she was done with lunch today, and it is indeed "better" than I’ve seen in the past.

(Her idea of a full lunch was 1/3 of a cheeseburger, three bites of yogurt, four bites of sherbet, 1/2 cup of mandarin oranges, and a cup of milk)

     The much-more-conscientious 
night aide is going to re-weigh her tonight to see if the 112 was accurate.  And if it was? Her care team and I are going to have to have an intervention AGAIN to explain why she needs calories to fight her infection and protein to heal her wound. In the meantime, at least she’s lighter for the aides to haul out of bed in the mornings...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

I have a few other things to do, you know

     "So I know you wanted to get Christmas gifts for all of the aides and nurses, but that’s like 20 people if we count all the shifts. How about I get these cool insulated cups from 5 Below, and we can fill them with candy or cookies or something."
     "And for the ones I really like, you can order some really choice ground beef and hire a chef to come to their houses and cook it for them!"
     Gretchen blinks.  "Or I could just get them Dunkin Donuts gift cards."
     "Yeah, that would work, too."

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Historical Society Research Library


Not shown: three hours of her at the "Manuscripts" table, carefully reading through documents from the 1960s and 70s to learn about Cleveland’s history of school desegregation. Not a peep of complaint the whole time, either.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Time for more research

It’s going to be hard to heal your wound or eliminate your infection if you refuse to eat more than half a dozen bites at a meal and you keep threatening to throw your tray at the nurse when she brings your medicines.

I wonder which of her meds come in IV form ... 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

You have to find the humor where you can

Apparently referring to her vitamin drink as "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Urine" makes her laugh so hard she isn’t physically able to drink the stuff for five minutes, which is not especially helpful (but is highly amusing).