Thinking as always:
It always amazes me, how your mind can just wonder off without you even taking it to the place where you’re unconscious thoughts are busy trying to make sense of things. And I have certainly spent a lot of time recently, trying to make sense of things!
I recently addressed my thoughts on the events that have filled my life for the past 15 months, all related to caring for my dad, as you know!
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the recovery process and how I have been encouraging my dad to eat more, eat little and often, and drink plenty of fluids. Up to now, this has been working and the additional information I always provide on a white board in my dads kitchen has given him prompts and reminders.
This strategy had potential and reasoning, but somehow it doesn’t seem to be working now due to a number of things.
- My dad suffers from memory loss (does he just forget to eat)
- My dad has little or, at times, no appetite (the reason I make sure he eats with me at every opportunity)
- My dad has no sense of smell (impossible to prompt interest when cooking food for him)
- My dad has never been a big eater (has always ate small portions, and ate when he was hungry)
- My dad is on multiple doses of medication (this alone can result in loss of appetite, taste changes etc. . )
- My dad has Parkinson’s disease (therefore swallowing can be an issue as the disease progresses)
Therefore while I am encouraging my dad to eat little and often, I am now looking at the possibility that swallowing may have become an issue, although dad isn’t telling me this.
I have noticed him reach for his glass of water at mealtimes more often, and ive noticed he has been coughing in short spells when eating, even showing a choking reflux on rare occasions.
I have had to provide foods that are easy for him to swallow, while still considering the vitamins he needs. I’ve come to realise the many symptoms of Parkinson’s are different for each person, suffering from different episodes that may come along at anytime, and these may now be showing in my dads condition.
So, after considering all of the food options I introduced 12 months ago, while my dad recovered from his heart attack, and the addition of energy drinks (as recommended by the health professionals) I now find myself taking a few steps back and looking at this as the next option again. . Hence the term I have used for this post
The definition of ‘A Vicious Circle:
” A situation in which the apparent solution of one problem in a chain of circumstances creates a new problem and increases the difficulty of solving the original problem”
I don’t want to see my dad lose anymore weight, he has always been a slim man, but losing weight over the last year while recovering has shown on him.
I think this time it may be worth me speaking to the experts, the dietitians to get some help and advice with the next stage of this journey.
Just another small step to take, and one I am sure we can deal with!