Monday, July 17, 2006

Caregiving: and more dog days of summer

     Not all weather related anecdotes are foreboding.

     “Drink plenty of liquids” seems to have replaced ‘an apple a day’ as the proverbial health mantra. 

     Patti, for whatever reasons, has begun to consume less and less fluids over the last few years.  Maybe dysphagia, or maybe a combination of symptoms, who knows? You need to consciously monitor her liquid intake.

     The other night at her care facility I could only laugh at an exchange between Patti and medication nurse over bedtime meds.

     Nurse: “Patti don’t I keep telling you that you’ve got to drink more liquids. Look, I’ve even gotten you a different flavor juice to take them with!”

     She takes a minimal sip of the cranberry juice to swallow the pills.       

     Patti: (handing back the juice) “And don’t I keep telling you - that if you got me a wine cooler, I’d gladly drink it all down!”      


  1. oh, I love Patti's sense of humor with this one :)


  2. Am very jealous of your air conditioning.  I like Patti's sence of humour. Rache

  3. Thank you for visiting my journal, Patrick, and for leaving the link to yours.  Sounds like you are a very caring man, who deals with a lot every day of your life.
    I like your journal..  I'll be back..


  4. I agree with Patti, a wine cooler has a lot to offer! <smiles>  Too bad they can't make a wonderful juice blend that would make her savor the flavor.

  5. Yea those fluids are hard to push!  Linda


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