Month: May 2016

A Life Journey

Seems like LBD is a death sentence but today there was so much life.  Since we are taking shifts caring for mom, for 1/2 of the day I do nothing but work with her to cook, garden, take drives, etc…  I was thinking today that her doc told me that if she wasn’t being cared for at home, she would be in geriatric psych inpatient.  But at home she is happy, laughing at some of her hallucinations, doing things, and living.  Granted sundowning is a nasty part of the day.  But for me I’m getting to love my mother in different ways.  She doesn’t mostly know who I am anymore, but she knows I’m someone familiar and I think she knows I love her.  So today was about living life.  And it was...

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Hope Rising against Hope

God is the God of the impossible. On Wednesday we went to the International House of Prayer to get prayer for my mom.  They prayed healing and such over my mom, but they also felt I had a spirit of heaviness.  (She prayed sweetness in my spirit.)  She is right…about the heaviness.  But how does heaviness help anyone? For some reason the Lord gave me a measure of hope this morning.  LBD is a death sentence but Jesus is resurrection power.  I can go the traditional route of medicines and despair but if you keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, it’s called insanity.  What if there is another way? I remember my friends who lived in the Amazon jungle for 30 years.  When I asked them what medical needs they had, they said none.  The only they need is dentistry, but other than that disease is pretty much non-existent from their...

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The Lord is my Shade

Psalm 121 A song of ascents. 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—     where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord,     the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip—     he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel     will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you—     the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day,     nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—     he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going     both now and...

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Lewy Body Dementia–The Disease No One Wants

To you who read this it is probably because you were thrust into a world that you did not want, and you are desperate for understanding, assistance, comfort and knowledge about the future.  At least that is what I want. For me it started so abruptly 3 1/2 months ago when Mom fell and broke her hip.  I rehab broken hips all the time as a physical therapist assistant.  No big deal.  But 6 weeks post op in the course of 1 hour everything changed.  She began to hallucinate and her cognition was abruptly reduced.  Because of her soft bones and recent hardware in her body, we couldn’t do an MRI to check for a stroke.  We hoped taking her home would change things.  It didn’t. We did what I did not want to do–started her on antipsychotics (Abilify).  In the course of 24 hours her head fell to her chest, she couldn’t hardly move, walk, or talk and looked like someone straight from the nursing home.  Her hallucinations persisted.  Never having felt so bad for making the decision to start her on it, I took her off slowly.  I had to taper because the meds are so addictive–moreso than heroin.  A fact I only found out by research.  Within 48 hours her head came back up, she began to walk better (still with walker and big limp from...

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