Most of my clients don’t need to pump their own water though some are on well water.
I recently got a call from adopted family in Africa. ” My wife is sick and the baby is bloated.There are no resources and no medicine and the hospitals are out of reach.”
Have your wife lay down and drink 6 bottles of water each day and give the baby spoonfuls of water. (clean water )
Dont get me wrong water is not the answer to all our problems but hydration is a huge issue for our health.
Many Elderly are not getting enough water (coffee and soda drinks do not qualify as hydrating fluids). I know a caregiver that would stop all fluids at 5 pm so there would be no night-time brief changes. That convenience puts an elderly person at risk.
Elderly people often don’t drink until they are thirsty. All of our senses diminish with ages so most seniors are not getting enough hydration.
I have seen that clients with a better diet and hydration seem to have higher function.
I am all for health for the elderly. I have had several family members who were/are chronic illness and drug free into their 90s. They were all active, ate well and water was their main fluid.
I drink about 80 oz of water each day – how about you?
fall crackles beneath feet
blue eye question
sky hidden behind clouds
arms reach for emptiness
wind blows yesterday
your toes wave at me
another good day
People may not know it but skin is a barrier to disease and in the elderly skin is a battle front. Broken Skin breaks and tears like tissue paper. A little bump against a chair can cause a big bruise or even a tear which can then be a wound. When we are “young” and active a wound heals in days in the elderly that same wound can take weeks to months. The worst wound I saw when I was a wound care nurse was in a bed bound woman whose bed sore had become a tunnel. That tunnel was about 305 mm (approx 1 foot). Through daily care, hydration and diet we were shrinking that tunnel. Needless to say those wounds on your backside are painful.
One of my main goals (with the elderly) is always up and out of bed. If they are now bed bound they need to shift as often as possible. If they can do that themselves so much the better but everyone favors their left or right side so they need to shift. In the hospital we often have to position our patients that used to be every two hours.
If you have a family member who is now in bed, get that person moving. If they cannot use pillows to wedge them on one side then the other. Legs up (on a pillow) legs down. And please keep them clean. Uric acid in briefs and just from our skin breaks down skin.
Places where we become fragile are sacral area (its boney there) elbows, ankles.
If you read my post a few days ago I mentioned water. Water will actually help keep skin cells plumper. Elderly do not drink alot of fluids because then they have to get up (and go).
I think my letter “W” will be for water. I have learned to have a great respect for that molecule.
My leaf photograph reminds me so much of the elderly clients I have had over the years. They are fragile but with a singular beauty.
Any good skin tips? Lotions or awesome soaps????
Hope you are enjoying the A to Z challenge and thanks for your visit.
Squeezed out and fresh
lemons are such a sour fruit
and when in reference to a car
a dud, should be given the boot
But we were speaking of health
“an apple a day”
anything to keep
the doctor away
“At 20 I was a lemon”
“I turned yellow at 30”
we joked about”it”
until tears came to our eyes
“I never expected
to be a ripe and 80
a waver in her voice”
“gladly, we are still running”
“6 feet under
was my other choice”
“cars and bodies are not meant to merge”
“have another glass of lemonade”
“oh no, I couldn’t splurge”
I met a beautiful young woman years ago; we spent the morning talking about being “lemons” or broken down in our prime. I was grateful for my decision to take the daily pain (and look for natural methods) rather than take drugs for relief. This sweet lady was on $2000 a month of narcotics to alleviate the pain caused by a life changing auto accident. Health is so often taken for granted until we lose it.
Today’s prompt at Poet’s United Midweek Motif “Health.”
Thousandth Teardrop is an archived poem about pain
This haiku (in bold) is written by Sono-jo, a haiku poetess and pupil of Buson on grasses and leaves in Spring:
te wo nobete ori-yuku haru no kusaki kani
as I go along,
stretching out my hand and plucking
the grasses and leaves of Spring
Catch the waving breeze
green head of the barley wheat
growing ever strong
growing ever strong
feed to those needing health
need for life’s flow in and through
spring lives in our eyes
Thanks to Carpe Diem’s prompt of the health giving Aomugi or green barley. may spring bring health and vitality to all!
I looked today
What did you say
Did you make a sound
“Honey I love you”
I heard her say
With all we’d been through
My memories at times seem so far away
After speaking with a dear friend whose wife is captive in Alzheimer’s, I was inspired to write this Fiction for him, for her
Thanks to Monkey Man who weekly hosts our flash fiction in 160. Amazing what people can do with a few words. Join us