Teeth grinding from Caffeine or acidic food or drink?
Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:56 PM
I am afraid of bone loss resulting from the empty spaces in her mouth. Dentures was suggested but I don't think my mom would cooperate with the daily removal and placement of them. Dentures takes a lot of steps as do implants so I rather have implants. My sister said the dentist she talked to by phone only does not recommend implants for our mother due to her age and illness. She will have to be under anesthesia for the process. To me they might as well do it all while she is under. She might live another 10 years if I have any say so in the matter and I want her to be able to eat all the foods she's used to eating. I keep forgetting her teeth are over 70 years old so I have take it easy.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:06 PM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:07 AM
I make or buy canned soup and mix rice with it for her so can get fuller that way. Dry cereal has now been replaced by oatmeal but I put bananas in them just like I did with the cereal so there is more substance. What she really likes eating is yogurt but that's not enough to fill her up.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:30 PM
The soup mixed with rice is a very good idea, and I would consider adding cooked shredded chicken or turkey, or ground beef for the protein she needs. Most of the canned soups have very little meat. Also, might she like a tuna-noodle casserole? It's comfort food for many, and doesn't take hard chewing.
Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:01 PM
When will the miracle drug that will take care of PD and dementia come around? I am getting so tired of waiting.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:22 PM
I do hope the slight increase in Stalevo will help, and will not increase the bruxism. It is a never-ending puzzle to try to adjust PD medications on an individual basis, and I commend your continued efforts to help your mother. In my prayers daily is the hope that a cure for PD will be found, and soon.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:25 PM
I have a question about the oatmeal. Shouldn't she be more regular from eating that daily? The only thing that will make her go is Miralax and even that it's still every 3 days or so. My mom has lost the ability to go when she needs to so she lets it build up until it basically has to come out. I do it the digital way and help her every other day. It's actually for my benefit. I rather do this then clean her up after she lets it out in her diapers.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:15 AM
Consider trying a method used for years in hospitals:
Prune Juice Cocktail for Constipation
For people with frequent constipation, a safe and effective remedy is the
"prune juice cocktail," a preparation used in many hospitals.
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 4 tablespoons wheat bran
- 6 ounces prune juice
Mix well, and store in refrigerator. Take a tablespoonful a day at first,
gradually adding more if needed, till you find the amount that works well
for you. The bran helps keep the stool bulky and soft, the prune juice
contains a natural laxative, and the applesauce gives a palatable taste
and texture. Aim for 25 - 40 grams of fiber in the daily diet, and drink
6-8 glasses of fluid daily. It may be helpful to also have a serving of
4-6 stewed prunes 2-4 times per week, for added fiber and additional
This recipe makes about 10 fluid ounces total. The nutrients for the
entire recipe are as follows:
6 grams fat
3 grams protein
54 grams carbohydrates
10 grams fiber
22 grams total sugars
The nutrients per serving will depend upon how much is taken at a time.
One ounce (about two tablespoons), will be about 20 calories, 5 grams
carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, and 2 grams total sugars.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:12 AM
This is dental work and not managing her finances. Of course she needs work done on her teeth so since she can't say anything or know what needs to be done then naturally it falls on the family. It is also paid entirely by me so it's not like she's being taken advantage of or have the wrong decision made for her. Sorry to vent but I don't know what to do. I just want her to be able to eat and smile and have no more pain and to have it done before all her teeth falls out. She's losing weight rapidly because everything she's been eating is mush and when she does finally get to have dental work she will have to eat more mush.
Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:59 PM
- Contact your local Office on Aging, and tell them exactly what you have told me. They should be able to guide you with regard to becoming a legal guardian (which might require a letter from her neurologist) -- this is important in view of her health, both physical and mental, and is likely to become ever more important if her health continues to worsen. They may also be able to help you with local resources, including financial assistance for your mother.
- Ask the contact if it would be helpful to locate an attorney who specializes in Elder Law who can help with legal matters. These attorneys are well versed in social security, Medicare, and other matters and may be able to assist you and your mother in these complicated issues.
I continue to wish you and your mother the very best, and keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.
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