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After work walk, great dinner, Mom

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I hiked Pilot Butte yesterday evening. Pilot Butte is an extinct volcano cone inside the city limits, it is all uphill on the way to the top (and downhill for the descent). The trail winds around the Butte, so you get views south to Newberry Crater, east to Horse Ridge, north to Smith Rocks and Powell Butte, and west to downtown and the Cascade Mountains. I’ll post photos of the views next time I hike it – the sky was very hazy today with smoke from the wildfires. Pilot Butte is a short but steep trail and I am slow but steady on uphill. Last year I had to stop frequently when going uphill – in fact I don’t remember how long it’s been since I could go steadily all the way up the butte. I know other people may be faster but I am THRILLED that I don’t need to keep stopping to catch my breath. emoticon

I had a great dinner last night, grilled fresh wild salmon, stir fried vegetables (carrots, celery, brussels sprouts, broccoli, baby squash, sugar snap peas) with Thai green curry sauce, and fresh corn on the cob (so fresh it needed no butter or salt). But I’m not sure that the calorie count on the Thai green curry sauce, which was a refrigerated sauce from CostCo, is correct. The package states a serving is ¼ cup and 80 calories which seems about right – but the package is also 24 ounces and states it has 3 servings. Last time I checked a quarter cup = 2 ounces (a cup is 8 ounces) so 24 ounce package would have 12 quarter cup servings, not 3. Oh well it was a fast, easy and good meal. And a quarter cup of sauce is PLENTY. emoticon

Mom sounded very sick yesterday when I called her at the nursing home. She was in a lot of pain from her infected bone and the infected knee was swollen and hot to the touch. The doctor came today and suctioned pus and fluid from the knee which unfortunately did not relieve her discomfort. When I called back later, she sounded much better. She finally asked the nurse for morphine, and I am glad she is keeping the pain controlled. Morphine serves a real purpose in relieving pain for people dying from cancer or suffering severe pain. I hope she didn’t delay taking it because of fears of drug addiction or fears that it means she is near the end of life. Pain can REALLY destroy one’s ability to cope and she has been crying a lot when something little goes wrong (like if the aide forgot to reheat her coffee). The hospice nurses emphasize the importance of staying on top of pain levels.

The nursing home is going to stock additional food for special meals that Mom agreed to eat -- Campbell’s Cream of Tomato and Cream of Mushroom Soups, plus hot dogs. She has been just pushing aside their carefully prepared balanced meals. This is a step up from her cookies and potato chips diet WOO HOO!

I am praying for Mom, and very nervous that I should be down there sooner. I previously scheduled my next visit for when my brother will be there August 9-12 (Mom’s suggestion). My sister has promised to let me know if I need to change my plans.
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  • KAREN608
    For you Mom to control the pain is important. It'd be worse stress on her body if she felt bad pain all day. I had a pinched nerve in my neck for 2 months with shoulder pain and my BP went so high, doctor thought 'more medicine' and I thought, pain relief, which did calm my BP right away. Pain relief SO important.

    The food issues: it will make her happy.
    Said from the point of view of me, a picky eater!
    1730 days ago
    With all in your life, you are still true to your goals here in SP. emoticon
    I am glad your mom has decided to get some relief from pain. She probably sounded better on the phone because she felt better. emoticon
    1735 days ago
    ((((((Ali)))))) who perseveres and takes care of herself even in the face of one of the hardest, saddest life events (the serious illness of a loved on). I'm not so sure I could be so strong. Thanks for sharing your strength with all of us. Take good care of yourself. You're in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon
    1736 days ago
  • DR1939
    When my brother-in-law was dying of lung cancer but was hospitalized for heart problems they wanted him on a restricted diet for the heart problems. He was skin and bones and would not eat the food they provided. We brought in hamburgers and malts and beer. He was not a drinker but the beer was something he would drink with nutrition. When I finally talked to the physician, he agreed with us and told the dietitian to give him whatever he wanted and the nurses not to fuss about what we brought in. Go for anything she will eat. emoticon

    BTW, when my husband was in the hospital for two weeks with strokes following prostate surgery I walked every day. It was over Christmas and in Minnesota that usually is cold weather. I was lucky that it wasn't too bad, but I would have walked in 35 below if I had had to. It was my stress-reliever.
    1736 days ago
    I can hear how torn you are from your blog, Alison. I'm so sorry that you aren't geographically closer right now, but understand completely that you can't always just drop everything and go. I'm sure that your sister will keep you advised about anything urgent.

    I hope that your mother continues to accept the morphine so that she isn't always in pain, and that she will enjoy the soups and other foods that she has agreed to eat.

    Take care of yourself; your family is in my prayers,
    1736 days ago
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