bennington, vt.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

she began shrinking


She looked wretched 
Cheeks are sunken
Dark circles about her eyes
Her arms were bone thin and a patchwork of purple
She began to cry 

I signed her out.  
No one asked to show me 
I knew how to transfer her from wheelchair to car, etc.
I placed her in the car, returned their chair, and headed for "home."  
I got her out of the car and into the wheelchair my brother had acquired.
I got her up the 3 stairs and into the house . . . somehow and without injury to either of us.

When I texted this . . . my S-I-L said she considered that a miracle and that she had had no idea how I would accomplish it.

She had NO interest in food.  
I pulled all the frozen meals out of the freezer, that she had bought herself.  None looked good to her.  I begged and pleaded for every bite.

The Home Health Nurse, (two days later), and I managed to weigh her.  After two days of eating half a Lean Cuisine, (and you know how small those servings are), at each meal, with snacks in between, (half a small banana, half a container of applesauce, half a container of pudding, etc.), she is missing at least 20 pounds.

I guess I know why she has no energy.
I guess I will be here longer then a month.


Rudee said...


Judy said...

Thinking of you...

Sue said...

So sorry she's not doing any better, and that you're going to be there longer than you had hoped. Hang in there.