Thursday, October 17, 2013

Window of opportunity...

The window of opportunity just slammed shut!

Mom has lost a great deal of weight and is very thin.  We try to feed her almost every time we walk by her.  In addition to her regular meals, we give her a lot of snacks.  Because she can still taste and enjoy sweet items, we offer her lots of pudding, yogurt and fruits.  And, those items are perfect to add high-calorie protein powder.  We mix a couple of tablespoons in and she never notices.  She likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, too. We sneak the powder onto the sandwiches, too.

A few days ago, we caught a break. We just couldn't feed her enough.  She was hungry all day, for several days.  And she ate non-stop.  She didn't gain any weight, but she didn't lose any either.  This last Sunday alone, we had fed her 6 times before noon. 

Unfortunately, the blessing was very short-lived.  She's back to being forced to eat almost everything.  Even pudding, which was a sure thing, is returned to us with it barely touched.  With are back to cajoling, promising, threatening, anything we can think of just to get a few more bites into her. 

I recognize this as the normal progression of the disease, but it is very difficult, not to mention frustrating, to watch.   I will end this post with this thought...  When one window closes, somewhere a door opens, so OPEN THE DAMN DOOR!

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