Hello, I have an update on Magnesium. I was giving my husband the Magnesium tablets once a day an then I read on the bottle that if there is Kidney Disease, 'ask your doctor'. It seems that Magnesium increases the potassium and I had to stop giving it to my husband because of his kidney disease.
So, ask the doctor.
I give my husband 2-3 stool softeners a day. I take one once in a while and I also eat bran cereal quite a bit.View Thread
Hello Everyone. I've been negligent in checking in. Things have been going well for me and Ken. He is really enjoying yard work, riding mower, using weedeater, and he wanted a lightweight leaf blower so we found a Black and Decker very lightweight blower and he really likes carrying it around and blowing our the 2 garages, driveway, sidewalk and patio. He feels he is really accomplishing something and is a happier man. Then he saw a commercial with an edger with wheels.and he wanted one. We have an edger with the weekeater, but he has trouble with it. He's like a kid with new toys. You know he must feel more self-worth. I beaded on a loom a hatband for his Stetson. He is so proud of it.
He continues to have trouble with his legs and cramps. He can hardly walk at times, but his mind is pretty good most of the time.
I know how much you are so concerned about 'what to do.' My husband is also in the moderate stage. He has this same type of bowel problem. He takes Mirolax every day. Just spoon it into water or juice and stir. It has no flavor in itself. Since you give her liquid in the cup, that is the quantity that I fix. If you delay too long to drink it, it will get thick. So, mix it in a fruit drink and she may tolerate it better. Keep giving it even when she has a bowel movement unless it gets too loose.
One problem with a dry stool is getting it started to move. Ask the doctor about giving a suppository. When my husband is really bound tight, the doctor said to give him Magnesium Citrate oral solution. He drinks all 10 fl. oz. She may not be able to get all of it down, but ask your doctor. It may get her started. I hope something works soon.View Thread
Hi Dave, I was disappointed when you left the AD Community. I've been away for a while too. It must have been hard for you to have gone to a different facility for your Dad. I have considered VA help also, I think we are a long ways from that though.
You have done an excellent job taking care of him. I hope this Father's Day will be a special time for both of you.
Today the Dermatologist's nurse called to speak to my husband who has AD about the report of possible cancer. I said, "you can speak to him, but you need to talk to me also." She said your name is not on the list of contacts. I told her I filled in the form. She stated that I did not put my name in the place for "contact in case of emergency." She spoke to my husband and he asked her to talk to me and she wouldn't do it.
Very frustrating but a good lesson to make sure spouse, caregiver, or whoever are named as the 'emergency contact'. View Thread
Thanks Ro for your reply. Ken's MD was against our doing anything. I did have an appointment with the neurologist without going through the MD but I had second thoughts that the reports would be sent to the MD and he is taking care of the AD.
For now, we won't do anything else. Thanks for the information.
Hi Judy, I talked to the MD who cares for Ken's AD since all the reports and tests would come back to him. He said "No" to tremors medicines because Ken wasn't that bad and the side effects of Parkinson's medicines would be too severe. I guess we'll continue going on as we are.
Hello Everyone, My potted plants are beautiful. I thought 'spring is here at last'. Tonight here in NE Oklahoma we are expecting a freeze--27 degrees. I bunched the planters together and covered them with plastic.
The medical doctor was against my husband being reevaluated for possible Lewy Body Dementia. Dr. said that Ken was already on the right medicine and LBD can't be diagnosed except through a brain biopsy. However, Ken is doing well and if it wasn't for his lower spine giving him so much pain, he would be able to be close to normal. He's been doing yard work and that makes him feel worthy. Enjoy the springtime wherever you are.