Taking one day at a time:
The ups and downs of an aging relative can be heartbreaking sometimes, especially when they suffer with heart disease and Parkinson’s disease. They have good days and bad days, but you have to take it one day at a time in order to cope with the inevitable problems that both diseases bring.
One step forward, two steps back:
Over the last few months I have reported on the positive changes I have seen in my dad, these have been little changes, but significant steps. However, this week it seems we have taken a few steps back, which I am aware is inevitable but, it’s still upsetting to see.
The last few days, dad has been a little bit distant, not as aware or involved as he has been lately. He has been having his quiet times, not making conversation much, having to be promoted with discussion points, he has also been suffering more from balance issues, and is experiencing a lot of dizziness and tiredness, even though he hasn’t really been doing anything that would bring on the tiredness.
I have been making sure that he eats well, and drinks plenty of fluids, but sometimes I do wonder if he needs more intervention to help him with his food intake. It does helps when he joins me and my family for meals as I can then keep an eye on what he eats, which is usually anything I put in front of him, as long as the portions are small.
I do try and encourage him to eat little and often, as this does help to keep his energy levels up. I do worry that left to his own devices dad would go too long without eating, but I can’t be with him 24hrs a day.
I do make sure that dad eats with us as often as possible, and I know he enjoys this family time, Which is very precious to me. .
I was hoping that an increase in his Parkinson’s medication may have made a difference to the dizziness and the balance issues he has been suffering from, but so far there doesn’t seem to be any change after a month, and we await another appointment with the Parkinson’s specialist in the next few weeks.
One day at a time, that is the only way we can deal with this!
Look forward to the good days, cope with the bad days, but most importantly, be happy dad is still with me, and continues to be the important figurehead of my family. . 💕