My mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2010. This is a blog about coming to terms with her absent mind.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Good bits and bad bits

Not a good start to the day with a full set of bedding to wash but the Enablement ladies got her cleaned up, dressed and ready for breakfast..

The baby food fruit puree idea worked quite well, she ate half a jar and also had about two sips of a milky coffee. And all was fine until a mid-morning trip to the loo. Another shower and a full set of clothes later she was back in the living room.

It has taken all day to dry the mattress protector on the Aga. I am SO getting a tumble drier tomorrow.


Thank you for all the helpful comments and suggestions for getting Ma to eat and drink. Unfortunately she won't eat fresh fruit or anything remotely crunchy, she doesn't like yoghurt or smoothies. She's gone off mashed potatoes and chips, biscuits and cake, won't eat pasta, rice or cous cous. So....

Today she's had the fruit puree I mentioned (it went down okish but I'm not sure she'll eat it long term) and half of a soft boiled egg, but left the bread and butter. However, this is approximately 100% more than she ate yesterday and therefore no bile attack tonight. I'm hoping that a steady supply of tiny portions might bring her appetite back a little bit.


Peter is coming tomorrow. It's 20:00hrs and she's already been up three times asking me where he is. This may be a long night.


  1. Today sounds a really trying one Bee, ref the drinking we knew some one who wouldn't drink water but he would take his "medicine" on a spoon. The carer used to put water on the spoon and told him he had to have medicine which he accepted, it was the only way to get fluid down him.

  2. THAT is a genius idea Cleggers, thank you! Thank you for taking the time to comment, I do appreciate it. Hope your Ma in Law is ok too x

  3. Worth a try Beezer,hope it works for you.
    Mother in law has been taking extra morphine for back pain due to the way she has to sit and I'am sorry to say has been virtually knocked out by it. She is not in a good place at the mo, when she is awake her tongue is still as sharp as ever!

  4. I'm really very sorry to hear that. I still chuckle about the bin lorry - every time the microwave pings as it happens :)