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Mom, August results and September goals

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Mom had a very rough week. She has developed bed sores. Her temporarily repaired bridge fell out again, and getting to the dentist is very difficult for her. The staff who tried to transfer her from bed to the wheelchair had difficulty with the Hoyer lift; she said it hurt. She cried during the entire transfer. She had the bridge temporarily repaired again; I am worried that she is delaying necessary dental care because travel is so difficult for her, and she will have to see a periodontist to have root canals. She is terrified about accessibility issues, probably because of the problems at her former dentist’s office. I will see her Friday, and I will try to convince her to have the treatment the dentist recommended.

I did not make great progress in August. Or maybe I DID make progress and I’m not seeing the results I wanted. I did not lose weight (but I also didn’t gain). I DID keep up and increase my steady exercise, and increased my stretching and strength training. I had trouble sleeping and did not cut down on caffeine. I DID almost eliminate alcohols (I had 2 alcoholic beverages in the entire month WOO HOO!) I did pretty well at eliminating sweet snacks and desserts. I ate plenty of fruits and veggies, drank my water, adopted the vitamin and calcium habit religiously, and improved exercise.

My goals for September are:
1. Lose 6 pounds. I will continue weekly weigh-ins.
2. Work to reduce caffeine intake. I need to take this SERIOUSLY if I am going improve my sleep patterns!
3. Continue GERD related diet changes. No wine or alcohol; no rich desserts; no overeating.
4. Work to improve portion control. MEASURE portions.
5. Calcium and Vitamin D daily.
6. Weight bearing exercise daily; increase strength training; stretch 2-3 x weekly

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  • KAREN608
    I agree with Maritimer3 about soft foods in the meantime, and make it her decision.
    I don't have many back teeth and live fine, and the one root canal I had near the front to hold my 'new' tooth, well in six months the stump cracked off and a total fail and lost $1200 cost.

    Reducing caffeine is really important. I used to rely on it and now only save it for extremely busy days which doesn't happen that often. You can do it.

    I need to focus on more weight bearing exercise too.
    1597 days ago
    I'm so sorry about your mother's discomfort. Would it be possible for her to have mostly soft foods and enriched drinks so that she wouldn't have to go through the dental procedures? Or does she want to have the work done, in spite of the pain, travel, etc. involved? Hard decision, I know.

    I hope you are able to reduce your caffeine intake so that you are able to sleep better. Do you sleep better when you are camping than when you are home? What about when you are on holidays? I drink almost no caffeine, and have major problems sleeping at home, but sleep very well when I'm away.

    Take care and have a good week,
    Gail emoticon
    1597 days ago
  • DR1939
    emoticon for your mom.
    1598 days ago
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