I knew it was going to happen. Cookies had become an important part of my Momma’s day. Milkshakes were enjoyed a few times a week. Ice cream was always in the freezer. Alzheimer’s ravaging her brain.
As we age, our taste buds change. When I was a child, I hated nuts of all kind and seriously disliked tomatoes. Now, I love them both. Momma has Alzheimer’s, and her taste buds are craving sweet foods. As Momma’s Alzheimer’s continues to advance, her desire for sweet and bitter become more prominent. That would explain her strong desire for dessert. (It also explains why she puts ketchup on EVERYTHING she eats. Yes, everything except her dessert.).
Momma’s blood work came back showing an elevated A1C level. She now has a diagnosis of diabetes. A call to the doctor has been scheduled, and I am hoping he will give me a few months to bring the number into the normal range through dietary changes. But, here is the problem. I can tell Momma not to eat the foods that cause her a problem, but she will not remember the conversation. The kitchen staff will not bring her foods she should not eat, but if she walks by the snack table and sees fresh baked cookies, you can bet she will have one.
Diabetes is not a pretty disease. It can cause a host of problems that are life changing and even life ending. I am taking this new diagnosis seriously. Make sure you have your loved one’s blood work done regularly. The numbers are important!
Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.
Not only did I fall off the diet wagon,
I dragged it into the woods,
set it on fire,
and used the insurance money to buy Twinkies!
Sometimes, You’ve Just Got To Laugh!