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!