Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sunflowers

I planted a few sunflower seeds around the Wall of Junk, but didn't really expect anything to bloom because I planted them so late. I am happy to say I was wrong.

Only two have bloomed so far, but there are many buds on the plants. So bright and cheery.


I had to play around with Poster Edges, of course.

Not good news at the doctor's yesterday. Despite the huge dose of antibiotics, the fluid in Mom's lungs is worse, and she has lost even more weight. Her white cell count is elevated, so there is still an infection somewhere, despite all those antibiotics. We will start another round, but also do a CT scan to see if that tells more. I am very worried. To end on an up note though, I do have a funny Mom story.

For several days, I have had to feed Mom, and she wouldn't eat anything that she had to chew. If she couldn't just immediately swallow it, she just held it in her mouth. This meant that I wasn't giving her her usual beloved waffles for breakfast, but had instead switched to oatmeal. Tuesday morning, after about two spoons of oatmeal, she refused to open her mouth for more. Instead, she sort of glared at me and said "Get me something else." Yay, Mom was back! I made her a couple of waffles, which she ate all by herself and finished. She has been feeding herself and eating more normally ever since. Woohoo!

10 comments:

Cindy said...

If she is eating that is a very good sign. Elderly people do not respond the same way we do to antibiotics. At least that is what I was told when Mom had an UTI. I wish you peace and your Mom better health.

sandy said...

Sunflowers are so cheery, I love everything about them! That's a sweet story about your mom and the waffles, it's so good that she can still enjoy the foods she loves.

Annette said...

Beautiful photos. I'll keep your mom in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

When my mother was in the latter stages of AD, she couldn't eat. But she could sure suck down the ButterPecan Ensure by the truckload. That particular flavor was sometimes hard to find- but she LOVED it cold. I think she thought it was butterpecan ice cream! It had a really lovely, strong scent. I think it was one of the few things she could still smell.

rilera said...

Yay for Mom!

I'm so sorry to hear that they test results still showed an infection. Is it a UTI maybe?

You are both in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry your mother has an infection, but I'm glad to hear she is eating again. Do you suppose there was something going on with her teeth or gums that made it painful to chew?

Julia

Ann Martin said...

Fingers crossed the antibiotics will kick in soon, Annie. It's a good sign her appetite is returning. Sending you strength.

Lily said...

ooh waffles! Feed me too! Best wishes to mum x x

J said...

(((Annie))) It's a very! good sign that she is wanting to eat and that she asked! for something other than oatmeal.
Hang in there.

stringplay said...

I'm glad your sunflowers are blooming and are cheery. Hope your Mother feels much better soon.