My mother goes through paper products like crazy. She fills 2 waste cans a day with paper and she doesn't have a cold or sinus problem. One week we went thru 20,000 yes I said 20 thousand sheets of toilet paper. For 3 people. She uses close to a box of tissues a day. We have stopped keeping toilet paper in our bathroom. My mother has to take her own roll when she goes and so do we now. She still uses a thousand sheet roll herself a day. anyone else go through this? We only put paper in the bathroom when we have company now.
My mother has a runny nose also. What did the doctor find out that was causing her nose to run? Allergies?
Toilet tissue????? I put up a new roll and she goes in there ONE time, half the roll is gone!
Thank God, thank God, for this forum. Because quite frankly, when I 'lose it' it's here I come to see if anyone is losing it.
I swear when the time comes, I'm going to put tons of tissues in the casket with her!
As to wondering how we will be? I've come to the conclusion I could never 'be' this way. I'd rather DIE from whatever it is that gets me first than go through being elderly with dementia (my mother has vascular dementia with paranoia (which is now being helped by medication that the insurance company is now telling us they will no longer pay for two times a day, only one, because 'they' feel two aren't necessary. So much for the doctor's opinion, huh?
This is going to seem very rude, but I'm going to write it anyway because I'm sure someone else is thinking it -- years ago people died from normal diseases that affected the elderly. They didn't spend their 80th decade being put back together (my mom has had open heart (83); knee replacement (85) cancer's removed (which probably didn't need to be) ; She's on at least ten meds that are keeping her alive, oh, and did I mention the diabetes for which she is currently receiving insulin? Oh, wait, there's also the stage !V kidney failure (which apparently happens to all the very elderly in that their kidneys just can't handle the numerous drugs they are trying to process, plus the foods, etc.
I want to die a natural death. Not be someone's burden. And not have to have someone remove impacted feces (as I had to do the other day because she called me from the bathroom, crying).
Today I am stressed. Everyone thinks I'm such a 'good daughter'. I'm not!
just bought the doughnut pillow $20.00 not how do I wash the foam rubber?
She has an ostomy and wears an appliance. Small PIA, thank goodness I don't have faeces to clean up. I now have to accompany her to the bathroom and supervise/coach her toileting. Never in my wildest imagination did foresee being a caregiver.Alzheimer's is a terrible affliction for both of us.
When the pouch is emptied the smell will take the paint off the walls. But is sure beats wiping her butt.
My mom hoards it everywhere...I empty her pockets before I do her laundry, if not, it's fuzball city on all clothes!! It's stuffed under her pillow, in her drawers, pant pockets , coat pockets, waste bin in the bathroom and yes, even the toilet (she doesn't know it flushes) Hmm....wonder why this fascination with tissue??
The tp wiping has to do with the fact that I am heaver than I was when I was when I was younger. Dribbling comes with age & multipule pregnancies. Just comes to us as we age. Someone mentioned the decrees of nose hair. Makes sense since the hair thins to the point of very little everywhere else. Just didn't think about it.
In many older people, the sensation of postnasal drainage may be the result of nasal airway dehydration. This can be a side effect of medications for high blood pressure, sleep disorders and bladder problems, among others. Drinking too much coffee, tea or alcohol, or not drinking enough water is also more likely to produce nasal dehydration in older adults. Finally, in some people symptoms of certain kinds of gastroesophageal reflux may be mistakenly identified as postnasal drainage."
I think I may buy stock in tissue. :)
That said, he was a fiercely independent man and it is hard to see him reduced to such strange behaviour.
All the very best to you :)