Hi again everyone,
Dealing with yet further Urinary and Chest infections and the usual bombardment of Antibiotics! The professionals keep telling Mum she needs to drink more - but they don't tell me how to achieve this!
I've tried coaxing, being firm all without success. Yesterday morning, I could not get her out of bed - laying in what looks like a semi-coma condition, but on past experience, I know that she basically 'blanks' me when she does not want to do what I am asking of her. Refusing to open her eyes, totalling blanking me. Yet I know she is able to understand me - if I ask her if she's ready for a meal there's no hesitation in her opening her eyes and responding! I was unable to get her to take the Antibiotics or a drink. I eventually (yet again) called for the Doctor to visit, because I was concerned about her hydration; she was soaked in perspiration (and I had changed her at 5.30am).
As usual, when the Doctor entered the room - Mum's eyes immediately opened and she said 'Hello' to him! Making me look like a total idiot - yet again!!! I call this her 'trying to prove I'm all right mode', but the Doctors seem to fall for it. Upon his departure, I asked her what was wrong with her drinks - and she replied 'nothing, they're nice'! The Doctor told me to offer her the Antibiotic at the same time as I am offering her a drink - does he not think I've done that a million times already!!
The rest of the day past with me continually trying and failing to get her to drink anything. I could see she was getting irate and I therefore chose to leave it and hope for the best! It's so frustrating when you know what the outcome will be if she doesn't drink more.
Today she's been a lot brighter in herself but still an upward battle with the fluids. I'm tending to give her foods which are made up of a lot of liquids, i.e. large bowl of porridge made with milk in the morning, soups for lunch and jelly, ice creams etc. for sweets after her evening meal.
I am hoping Mum will have improved even more by tomorrow and is able to resume attendance at the Day Centre - I think we both need a break from each other!
As Mum isn't able to concentrate sufficiently to read or watch TV or mobile enough to potter around the house, it's difficult to find things for her to to with her hands (apart from folding things, which she will happily spend hours doing). However, I've come across a new object that she seems to enjoy messing with - bursting bubble wrap - and seems quite relaxed doing it. I just thought this may be useful information for someone else to try.
Anyway, that's all for now - I'm off to make yet another cuppa for Mum - that will no doubt end up being poured away!
Hope everyone else is coping ok - it certainly ain't easy!!