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 The Day You Stopped Pushing and Pulling on your LO 
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Post Re: The Day You Stopped Pushing and Pulling on your LO
Regarding the 'grip': I have long noticed that my husband has trouble letting go of things [not talking about emotional baggage here, LOL!]. When I remove his shirt, his hands always seem to hang onto the sleeves and it's true with other things, as well.

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.

Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:41 pm

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Post Re: The Day You Stopped Pushing and Pulling on your LO
Pat, I had to smile about the shirt. I think every time I try to pull his shirts off or his jeans down, it's like he has hooks and I'm always saying, "LET GO", but he doesn't even know he's got a grasp on them. It's not bad enough we have to dress and undress them, but we have to fight to get their clothes away from them. His bath towel is another, as I'm drying him he's got a death hold on part of the towel, I have given him a smell towel to keep his hands busy but he always grabs the one I'm using.
Life if fun, Gerry

Gerry 67, cared for Frank 71, married 49 yrs; dx 2004, passed away October 26, 2011.

Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:53 pm

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Post Re: The Day You Stopped Pushing and Pulling on your LO
The only thing Mom has a death grip on is her walker when she can't remember what to do next. This happens most when she is walking. The first time was out in our garden. She simply stopped and couldn't move, her feet firmly stuck to the ground. Our neighbor, Fire Chief Joe, came over and gently talked her through the mechanics of walking until we got her into the house. Watching him, I learned to explain very simply, one step at a time, that "this foot goes forward now" (touching the leg in question) and then doing it on the other side. I only need to do this for a few steps and then it's like the computer in her mind does a reboot and everything's OK again.

But this is another good reason to have a wheelchair. When your LO gets "stuck" and can't remember the next movement, and with the help of another person, you can retrieve the wheelchair and bring it up from behind. All your LO would need to remember is how to sit.


Kate [i](Cared for Mom for years before anyone else noticed the symptoms, but the last year of her life was rough and we needed to place her in an SNF, where she passed in February 2012)[/i]

Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:51 pm
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