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We've just started with Xanax for extreme agitation. I hadn't noticed others using it but for us, it works well. Thanks for the hint.

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Leone Carroll (75); wife of Dale (75) who passed away March 23, 2011


Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:52 am
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Fran did a first this morning, when giving him his meds instead of drinking the water I handed him, he just chewed them up and continued eating his cereal. Ugh


Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:05 pm
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Along with the loss of the sense of smell comes a concommitant loss of being able to taste things. Del also will chew up his pills, especially if he has been eating something that requires chewing. It is as if he cannot make the transfer from chewing a piece of toast to swallowing something else that shouldn't be chewed. Go figure. But as long as he doesn't spit them back out it is a good day. We are having increased troubles with his spitting back the pills even when mixed with something. Like a baby that doesn't want to swallow...he just lets it drool out his mouth and roll down his chin. I didn't think I was going to be a new mom at 67 with a 155 pound baby. Smiles, Nan


Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:14 pm
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Nan, when I'm scooping the cream of wheat off his chin with the spoon and putting it back in his mouth I always think of when I fed my babies. Not as much fun, though, is it? :cry:

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Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.


Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:41 pm
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Feeding Dale has certainly brought back memories. A couple of times today, I tickled his feet and he laughed. I told him that all these diaper changes and feeding activities are sort of fun when the baby is 8-15 pounds. It's not so cute when he's 150 pounds and completely rigid.

I'm getting used to the pill crusher ... but wish it didn't take so much energy.

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Leone Carroll (75); wife of Dale (75) who passed away March 23, 2011


Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:32 pm
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Baby time again. Pat, I am with you on the Cream of Wheat remark. And Leone....I am going to try the tickling of feet. He hasn't laughed in a long time. Seems very depressed. Nan


Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:07 pm
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Great idea Leone, I am going to try it. Hope he doesn't laugh too hard and get the hiccups. Bernie...... who is a mother to a 180 lb baby.


Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:21 pm
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Be careful, Nan! Last time I tried to tickle Derek's feet he kicked me.

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Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:07 pm
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Yikes, I'll watch out for that. Just what I need now...a size 10 to the midrift. Nan


Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:23 pm
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