We celebrated what would have been Nana’s 105th birthday with a Rustico pizza and ice cream at the Midlands Art Centre and a stroll around Canon Hill Park in the sunshine. When I arrived at the care home mum was indoors in front of a television. When I suggested going out she was whiney and anxious but as soon as I got her outdoors she was a completely different person, so happy and contented. When I reminded her of the before and after contrast she started to laugh. It was a glorious Summers day with plenty of people watching to pass the time. Several people stopped to chat to us. A lovely day. Happy birthday Nana x
Mum still appears to be declining her breakfast with random eating patterns and so it was a joy to see her eat so well this afternoon. I ordered the sea bass with green beans and new potatoes for her (as I’d seen her polish it off on a previous occasion) but when the food arrived she decided that she preferred my asparagus risotto instead, which I gladly swapped, pleased at her interest in food. She had no problems putting it away accompanied by ‘yum yum’ noises, with room to spare for a dessert of salted caramel profiteroles with ice cream to follow. Afterwards her mood was greatly enhanced and we spent the afternoon saying hello to the animals in the menagerie in the afternoon sunshine. Due to track closures and train delays via Stafford and Nuneaton it was night fall by the time I arrived home lit with a dazzling full moon surrounded by a beautiful rainbow halo.
Slightly concerned that mum is still losing weight. The home are considering putting her onto milkshakes to try to assist with eating. Consequently now whenever I visit I am making sure that I take her out for a nutritious meal. Fortunately she seems relaxed in my company and will eat a reasonable amount, although she finds it tiring. She made a good effort today. Polished off a whole Salmon steak with some new potatoes and green beans, half an apple pie and a small amount of apple juice. Its very hard to get her to hydrate as she will refuse liquids. However, when she eats properly her mood is greatly enhanced and engages with the stroke choir more actively. And enjoys a couple of Oreo chocolate biscuits with a few sips of tea afterwards.
Mums voracious appetite has declined somewhat over the last few months and she’s lost rather a lot of weight so I’ve been taking her to places to feed her up as she seems to have a good appetite when she is in my company, plus I am on hand to prompt, cut into bitesized chunks and load up forks. As you can see here she finished off a whole Seabass with new potatoes and green beans, plus half an apple pie with ice cream, plus managed to drink half a glass of apple juice. We popped back to the home for a quick change and then went on to the stroke choir to sing some familiar songs where we received a warm welcome. We use a wheelchair friendly cab company and venues with wheelchair access.