Jul 252008
 

Your senior may be having a hard time with watching your senior start losing their site. It can happen in their sixties on up. It is not fun for either of you and as their site deteriorates, they become more dependant on you or your family. The problem is that they don’t know it until they just cannot see. They give you a hard time, dropping pills, bumping into things, how to use the remote, to “who’s here?”, our favorite.

My G-Ma has a sense of humor. When she comes in the room and says “who’s here?”, someone will say…. “Marco” and she will more than likely respond with “polo”.

Lately, her site has really been an issue. With her pills, she will go and stand next to the box, thinking it is time to take the pills. Her site is so limited, she counts the squares (provided the box is right-side up) and then opens the box and tries to get the pills without dropping one. She will also drop one just holding them in her hand. Once a week, my wife or I sit down and load her pill box with EXACTLY what she needs.

She has to take Lirica for her TMJ, which is known for deteriorating the eyesight. Hopefully, we can help her our to regain some of her site as it is getting worse by the month.

Well, that is not good enough for G-Ma. She needs to count them and see them to make sure we have not done anything wrong. Also, when to take the pill. They can be very tricky about not taking a pill, hoping you will not remember and they don’t take them.

Good luck, on this one,

 Os, so her eyes, which is why we are discussing this. My uncle had terrible Macular, almost blind, and went to an eye and Macular specialist in Arizona.  Within two weeks he was seeing 20/20, no joke.  I do not know the process works but it is for real and not holistic or anything like that.

So we got the referral from the doctor in Arizona to Dr. Seabag in Huntington Beach, CA because Dr. Seabag is local to our area. His phone number is 714 901-7777. It turns out that I know of the Dr. from years ago and I understand he and his colleagues are wonderful.

The process takes two or three sessions, from what I understand, a few hours at a time, and has a real good success rate with both wet and dry Macular.

I will let you know how it goes over the next few weeks. It would be a real blessing to my mother-in-law if she can regain some of her site.

Jul 252008
 

Ok, so this is usually the beginning of your Seniors in Transitions experience. It helps if your married or have a good friend that can keep you sane and help you through this one.

Your at work, you have two deadlines to make and the phone rings, a family member calls you, IM’s or text you with “Mom or Dad just went to the hospital”. You really do not know what to do and your trying to figure out who is going to visit them in the hospital or help them.

Many things go through your head, most of them filled with guilt. You ask yourself “what do I do? Go visit them, but they are hours, days, a plane trip away? Get further behind in my work, lose my job?” So …you deal with it. You call the doctors office or your family member and find out just how bad it is. More guilt. Ok, so you found out it is nothing much and they are going back home today. No harm…no foul…. You dodged that one.

Three weeks later, the same thing happens, only this is not looking good. You get ready to pack your office up, make your phone calls, tell your boss and collegues you got to go and you will let them know what is up once you get on the road or later that day.

As your preparing to go to or driving / flying,  on your way to your Seniors, you come up with lots of questions and feelings.

They keep you awake at night and also make working distracted.

Just remember, in most normal homes, they had the same feelings when you were 2years old…. be paitient, be kind, and be understanding.

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