Sunday, March 2, 2008


Mom and I decorated some brown paper eggs using paint, glitter glue and sequins. We hung them up to decorate the Easter tree. I thought it looked a little bare so I drafted out some roving bits and draped that around too. We didn't really have enough eggs so I also felted some vaguely egg shaped balls to hang.

I wonder how long it will last. I have it sitting on the air conditioner which I never managed to carry to the garage last fall because the thing is heavy and awkward to handle. The cats like to sit on it and bask in the sun, when it is actually out. The lower eggs and roving will probably be goners early on.

Mom had another seizure Friday and we spent the day in the ER on the advice of her doctor. The little clinic here in town isn't able to do the blood work necessary to check electrolytes. Of course it was terribly windy, major drifting and slippery roads. Cars in the ditch left and right. Joy.

Everything was normal, so now there are decisions to be made about anti-seizure medication. Do any caregivers out there have experience with this? I would love to hear from you.

I almost forgot to share what Mom did in the ER. One of the nurses was trying to get Mom to sit down on the bed, and was talking almost baby talk, in a really high voice, like Mom was a two year old. Mom just looked at her, and then mimicked her voice exactly, same inflection, same high voice. I don't think Mom was even saying actual words, but she definitely let the nurse know who she was dealing with. Yep, she is her feisty self once again.


Cindy said...

I'm sorry. I can't help on the anti-seizure meds. Is your Mom on Aricept or something like that? My Mum is on 7 different meds. I wonder sometimes wonder if the doctors know all the interactions. Talk to a pharmacist. They sometimes have better information than the docs. I love your Easter tree, but with cats, it's doomed:)

rilera said...

Oh Annie, I'm so sorry about Mom and the seizure. I'm glad she is back to her feisty self. You and she have really had tough going this winter. I have no experience with anti-seizure meds, but you can check with the pharmacist or on mayoclinicDotCom. Do they know why Mom is having seizures? Is it just the ALZ? I sending big hugs and prayers to you and Mom.

Your Easter tree is lovely!

cornbread hell said...

i'm not even sure what the seizures you refer to are. is it something i can expect to eventually happen with my mom or is it something more specific to your mom's particular condition/history?

annie, i think it's really thoughtful of y'all to make such a fun looking toy for the cats. i hope they have a blast with it.

Annie said...

Robyn and Rick, as far as the docs can tell the seizures are from the AD. Apparently they are fairly common in the later stages, which I never knew. She had never had seizures before. Rick, unless you really want me to, I won't describe it in detail, but I will say it is the scariest thing I've ever been through, and I fervently hope that you and your mom never experience it. You either Robyn. It is horrible to witness. At least this time I knew what it was.

So far the cats have left the tree alone!

rilera said...

I was wondering if the cats had decided that the tree was a toy. Our cats have left ours alone so far. But then I glue everything down with Museum Gel. Nothing better than that.

I can't imagine how scary your Mom's seizures are.

Miss T said...

I love that your mom talked back to the nurse that way! They really need to stop that baby talk nonsense--it's insulting.