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    Hi Chrissie,

    Good to hear that your Grans breathing has improved.

    Love Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynne K View Post
    I don't know how or why your gran would want to stay in bed instead of getting the pain sorted and going outside or in the day room. Has she given up on life already?
    Lynne, I don't know how many times I've asked myself that same question. I am exhausted trying to make life easier for her- even before her walking was completely gone, I was constantly looking for aids to help with the drop foot situation and to ease the nerve pain a little- every single thing I ordered for her was met with 'No, I don't like that' or 'No, I don't want it' or 'It's not worth the hassle'. Sometimes, I think she's cutting her nose off to spite her face as if to appear to everyone else like 'Look, I'm in this dire situation and not complaining about it- aren't I doing well?' Do you know what I mean?
    Her personality is the most frustrating part of her having this awful disease- she's not receptive to any kind of help. When her speech goes, I have no idea what she's going to do because she won't even consider using any technology to be able to talk. I know there's picture cards and things, but you can't sit and visit someone for 1-2 hours when all they're willing to use is picture cards. Sorry- that turned into a lot more of a vent than I intended! xx

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    Hi Chrissie,

    I do feel for you, many of us would love the effort and attention that you have put in to help her. We know most of your frustrations and can only sympathize with you.

    It would be so nice to get her to live life better but seems like she's set in her ways.

    You can led a horse to water but can't make it drink.

    Hugs, Terry

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    Hi Chrissie,

    There's absolutely no need to worry about ranting on here, ranting is most welcome - not so sure about raving, though! Ha ha ha.

    Sending hugs. Take care of yourself.
    Dina

    Trying to keep positive, but not always managing.

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    Hi Chrissie.

    For some people, retaining control over every aspect of their care trumps everything else, given they have no control over their disease.

    You've done so much for your Gran and tried so hard to help her, I guess now the best thing to do is to support her decisions, difficult though that may be It is what it is unfortunately....

    Sending you a big hug.

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    Dear Chrissie,

    I think that you are a wonderful granddaughter. Although it must be frustrating for you if your Gran refuses things that she is offered, the important thing is that you are making sure she knows about them so that she can accept them if she wants to.

    Undoubtedly you are a ray of sunshine for her when you visit and she enjoys your company immensely. Please know that you are doing everything you can for her and although she wants to spend most of her time in her room, to her that is where she is most happy, comfortable and relaxed - and she can always ask to be taken to the dayroom etc if she wants to.

    Regarding communication aids, it will probably all sound very daunting to her and losing her ability to talk is probably not an easy thing for her to contemplate. If your Gran hasn't been shown any communication aids yet, perhaps a speech and language therapist could show her some examples. Your Gran might like time to think about the options before she is ready to decide what she might like to use.

    You always kindly and thoughtfully have your Gran's welfare and well-being in mind. I think it's great that you make sure she is being looked after properly, while respecting her right to make her own decisions as much as possible.

    Love Kayleigh xx
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    Hi Chrissie,

    You are a fantastic granddaughter, who is doing everything possible in very difficult circumstances. Your Gran is lucky to have you and I am sure she knows how much you love her.

    Please dont say sorry for having a rant on here but make sure you take care of yourself and get plenty of rest .

    Love Debbie x

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    Thank you all for your kind words

    I really do think it's a case of her trying to be a martyr- if it does give her that sense of pride and/or being in control as much as she can be then I guess that's the way it has to go.

    I wouldn't exactly say I'm a ray of sunshine when I go to visit- most of the time, my way of getting through this is to stock up on as much info about the condition as possible- i.e. I'll go in to her and let her know when new theories about causes of the disease crop up or I'll tend to inform of certain cases where the progression was particularly slow or particularly fast. I know it's not what she always wants to hear, but, to me, knowledge is power and it helps to know what's coming next etc.

    A lot of it kinda comes out of my mouth like 'word-vomit' because I very rarely have anything new and exciting to talk to her about when I visit (there's not much I can really say has been happening when, since my last visit, all I've done is eaten, done some housework, slept and then gone to work the next day!)

    I've tried the 'usual' things like asking her if she wants puzzle books or dvds or some craft activities to do etc. She refuses everything except for books (I think because the carers would have to assist her with everything else i.e. putting the dvd disc in for her). I am very much now dreading this being a long and drawn-out end where the only thing she does on a day-to-day basis is wake up, stare at the same spot or at the tv, go to the loo, eat the same food and then go to sleep.

    Take care all- it's a crazy and uncertain journey we're all on, that's for sure xx

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    Don't be too hard on yourself, Christine,

    It's a impossible situation when people won't expect anything or try. Just talk about your what your family etc are doing and anything else you can think of. Maybe read her the news or a book. You can get talking books in a compressed format so one disc lasts six or so hours.

    Love Terry

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