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Skin and Bones

I was away this weekend with one of my best girlfriends. We spent a bunch of money that we didn’t really have, but we did have a very relaxing time. I ate so much food that I’m not sure I ever want to eat again. It was nice to get away, have some drinks, and talk our heads off.

I stopped by my parents’ house on Friday before I left. Mom seemed more lucid than she has in a long time, which was great. I brought her a bouquet of pumpkins. I’d never seen anything like them before, but I figured that since it was October, she might want a little bit of fall in her room. They had thorns: quite a surprise! Mom’s cousin was there, so I got to visit with her for a few minutes before I ran back out again. They told me mom had only had a couple bites of eggs and that they were hoping she’d eat more. I asked mom, and she said she was “so full of food” that she didn’t want any more. I made a fresh smoothie, and she had three spoons of that, but that was all I could get her to take.

Dad’s been talking about finally getting a hospital bed. I think it’s a good idea. It will be better for our backs when we care for mom, and maybe the ability to get mom to sit up at an incline will help her eat. I can’t imagine it’s easy for food to get from her mouth all the way through her system when she’s just lying there. Maybe that’s why she feels full.

I came back on Sunday because I’d gotten tickets for me and my dad to see Weird Al at DPAC. I got to their house around 4 so we could leave around 5. I was exhausted, so I just laid down on their bed and took a cat nap. I kept my hand on mom’s arm so she’d know I was there. She’s just skin and bones. I can almost wrap my entire hand around her upper arm where her biceps should be. That doesn’t seem right.

I’m heading back over there tomorrow for my usual Tuesday rounds. I have a physical for myself scheduled for around lunch time, and then I think we’re going to try to get mom settled in a new bed. I hope that goes well.


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