Sep 28, 2010
I have been visiting our dear friend Richard every day for the last 72 days since he had a major stroke in our home July 19, 2010. A month in the hospital passed, and then he was transferred to a nursing home to continue his rehabilitation the month after that. He is improving remarkably well, and the nurses are stunned to see how quickly he is progressing!
We really needed Richard to move in with us to both ensure his physical safety in a one-level home and to be able to give us a boost financially to help make the bills easier to clear and to provide me with the work that I would have taking care of him through my employer. The nursing home is being very vague about any discussions regarding his release, and seem more interested in shuttling him from home to home than simply discharging him and allowing him to continue his rehab on an outpatient basis. Grrr.
My continuing problems with upper abdominal pain after eating for a while had forced me to live off of sugar-free ice cream for two out of three meals every day because it didn't stretch the stomach enough to cause it pain. The downside of an ice cream diet is obvious, however....it's really fatty, even in moderation, and weight loss kind of gets sidelined. I had also become partial to using evaporated milk as a coffee creamer, which does really well, but unfortunately that is also a really fatty habit to get into, as I've found.
Fortunately, it only takes a couple adjustments to get back on the straight and narrow as far as eating goes, and I am actually able to eat more as a result, now that I don't have to make caloric allowances for the fatty stuff. Yay.