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It's amazing how a few weeks of close observation can improve a person! My mother is doing so much better. She isn't as confused as she was, now that she's back on all of her meds. She is eating well, and I make her eat three meals plus snacks and monitor her blood sugar well. The Physical Terrorist gave her exercises to do twice a day, working up to 25 reps. Mostly arm and leg work, and very easy. She's been working so hard on it, and so two days ago, we actually got her on my recumbent bike and she went a mile! She did it again today. Then, surprise, surprise, she is having a much easier time getting up from sitting (doesn't depend on her arms and leaning forward so much), and her gait is very much improved. Her blood sugar is somewhat stabalized, as is her blood pressure. That at least reduced the risks of further strokes, and more degeneration of the dementia.

We're about to go stockpile blood for her surgery. I really do think that after her surgery and month in rehab, she'll be good to move back into her apartment in the senior community, with a home health nurse coming in to check on her 2-3 times a week. As long as she stays on meds, eats well, and I keep an eye on her, she might be able to regain some of her independence instead of moving into an assisted living place.

I'm so happy for her.

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fritzling
Mar. 24th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
and that is good news indeed! :)
standbackstevie
Mar. 24th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
Great news!! I wish we could somehow motivate my mother-in-law to see a physical terrorist! ;) She's becoming more and more immobile and dependent, and I think that a relatively easy exercise program would give her back some independence as well. Your mom is living proof!
semantique
Mar. 24th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, that truly is amazing. Sounds like she may have many more years ahead of her if she keeps it up!
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