Larry's Up's and Larry's Downs!
Larry went to have his carotid ultra sound a couple weeks ago. All is well there with no change or need for surgery.
Larry had seen a dietician who was great. She not only said "you need to eat more" but offered suggestions, and spent an hour and a half evaluating his history and diet. He tried the suggestions and has gained 7 lbs. in two weeks. He still struggles with things he doesn't like but at least it is on the upside!
Larry then went to his periodontist as he has gum disease. He sees his regular dentist also in between. Larry had a lot of plac in his teeth due to not brushing or flossing well. No surprise! He is suppose to use the electric toothbrush for 2 1/2 min. twice a day. Now that may seem easy but to Larry, it is a monumental task. I even tried brushing for him and he pushed me away saying it tickled too much. lol I don't think I could handle someone brushing mine either! Then the dentist told us Larry needs to stay away from liquids with sugar. Everything he drinks has sugar! I said "you are telling us just the opposite of what the dietician says to help Larry gain weight" I know Larry's teeth are in danger but so is his nutrition! Anyway, Larry is to drink things all at once and then not sip on things here and there. He doesn't do that anyway. He is to brush more after snacking, etc, etc. It seems like I have to stand behind him all day reminding him of something he should do!
Larry's son, wife and Rachel, our granddaughter, were over Sunday for dinner. Rachel brought our Girl Scout cookies. She had sold 400 boxes, but I think a lot of those were bought by relatives and co workers of her parents. lol Her mom had her work cut out for her keeping track of orders! Rachel was cute and said her prayer at dinner "God is Great.....etc." She is 6 and is going on her first plane ride this weekend on a family vacation. She is doing well in school.
Anyway, before they all came Sunday, Larry was getting up from his chair, lost his balance and fell on his left side on the couch. I was able to get him up to stand but it scared me. He has been asking me to help when he gets up saying his left affected leg is weak. I know good and well it is from lack of movement and exercise! I put the gait belt on and wheeled him arouond the rest of the day. Monday, I called the rehab Dr. and got an appointment for Friday. It's time for more PT. He needs more balance, strength and endurance training. I don't want to go back to the wheel chair as he has been walking, albeit slowly, for 2 1/2 years.
I will be more than happy to see the warmer weather so we both can get out more. Happy Spring - March 20th here! :jig: