When you are dealing with a terminal patient you never know from one day to the next what kind of day it will be. Yesterday, Granny was having difficulty sucking through a straw. I had to coax her every step of the way. She only ate about half of her breakfast and half of her lunch. She just wasn’t having a good day!
Today, on the other hand, she was “bright eyed and bushy tailed” or at least as bright eyed and bushy tailed as you can be when you are confined to a bed 24 hrs. a day! She ate a good helping of greek yogurt and cheerios for breakfast and an applesauce flavored with strawberries.
Her yogurt is flavored with strawberries and honey and I grind up honey nut cheerios in the blender and stir it in. Honey Nut cheerios was always her favorite cereal, but since she’s on a pureed diet I had to figure out how to give it to her.
She always drinks coffee and juice in the morning. Her juice has her ground up meds in it. She also drinks some water. Yesterday she only drank about 1/2 her coffee (150 cc’s), only 40 cc’s of water, and her 150 cc’s of juice had to be given in several offerings.
Today, on the other hand, she SUCKED IT ALL DOWN! Juice w meds was sucked down in one fell swoop with no problem, 300 cc’s of coffe and another 150 cc’s of water!
The moral of the story: Well, I’ve learned that often, if not always, it has nothing to do with me and what I do or don’t do as caregiver and all to do with her and how she’s feeling on any given day. I try to provide her the love and care I’m capable of and the rest is just going with the flow.