Mom's Daily Tests & Meds: 2004 - 2006

Daily postings of Mom's in-home tests, administered medications, food eaten and the relationship among the three and her life.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

BM Full Stat Day:

A.M. Blood Glucose:
    Time:  1327
    Reading:  115
Blood Pressure:
    Not taken

P.M. Blood Glucose:
    Time:  1941
    Reading:  115
P.M. Blood Pressure:
    Time:  1939
    BP:  115/44
    Pulse:  56

    I simply forgot to take her blood pressure in the morning. Her evening blood pressure shows some dehydration. I had a devil of a time getting her to drink fluids today. I'm not sure why.
    She got a sweet roll, again, for breakfast, but it didn't seem to make much difference in her evening blood sugar, which is good.
    I served home made chicken soup (with home made stock) for dinner, loaded with vegetables and only a few noodles. I figured this would help hydrate her. She ate most of it, but on some days noodles tend to bother her and she rarely eats everything I put in front of her if it contains noodles.
    Her Bowel Movement occurred at 1830: Fairly poor volume; excellent consistency; very easy elimination; very easy clean-up. Once again, around 1600, just as she was heading in for a nap, she thought she had a bowel movement but didn't. Weird.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Full Stat Day:

A.M. Blood Glucose:
    Time:  1205
    Reading:  113
A.M. Blood Pressure:
    Time:  1241
    BP:  150/55
    Pulse:  65

P.M. Blood Glucose:
    Time:  2030
    Reading:  126
P.M. Blood Pressure:
    Time:  1955
    BP:  116/56
    Pulse:  56

    Today was, indeed, a sugar day for Mom. Breakfast was left over home corned beef hash with an egg and a cherry Danish. She wasn't hungry for "lunch" and I wasn't worried because I knew dinner was going to be a rich tomato/meat/vegetable sauce over just a little butterfly pasta with lots of freshly grated Parmesan and that later I'd be serving strawberry/raspberry shortcake, with home made sweet biscuit for the "cake" part and, as I suspected, she asked to have half & half poured over that. Still her BG numbers looked good, although, actually, I'm wondering about them. It seems that four months after having received a new battery from Liberty Medical for her glucometer, it has, within the last few days, been showing a low battery indication and I just noticed that it fucked up on the day and the time for her readings today. Luckily, I remembered when I took them. In fact, I'll stop and call them right now. Thanks for reminding me.
    Oh, forgot to mention: I gave her a second glipizide at dinner tonight just as a precaution. Oh, yeah. And, I gave her an adult aspirin as she retired (at midnight, straight up, no reading before sleep, tonight) because she was complaining that her legs ached "all up and down", when I rubbed them tonight. We are having a three day snow storm, here, with its accompanying low, so I'm not surprised.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

BM Half Stat Day:

P.M. Blood Glucose:
    Time:  2128
    Reading:  112
P.M. Blood Pressure:
    Time:  2127
    BP:  115/57
    Pulse:  64

    Dinner tonight was home made corned beef hash with added onions. Breakfast was modified by serving polish sausage instead of bacon. Lunch was cottage cheese, V-8 juice and a 1 oz bag of peanuts. Lunch happened at about 1830.
    Her Bowel Movement occurred at 2000: Fair volume; excellent consistency; easy elimination; easy clean-up. It should be noted that, earlier in the day, around 1500, Mom thought she had a bowel movement but there was nothing in the toilet. Could be that it was a very small volume movement that slid down into the pipe immediately upon elimination. Then, again, could have been gas.
    Today's day last almost exactly from noon to midnight, giving 15 or 20 minutes of "bedroom light still on" time after retirement. I'm aiming for a full stat day, tomorrow, and plan on awakening her at noon. I expect it to be a fully sugared day, as well: I'll be serving her a sweet roll at breakfast, as well as the rest of the corned beef hash with her egg. As well, I figure I'd better make the shortcake (which will be biscuit based) and serve some of those marinating strawberries/raspberries and freeze the rest before they ferment into alcohol, or worse.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Combined No Stat Days: 3/7 - 3/8/06

    I'm now in the depths of suffering from a severe cold. Although I've been attending to Mom as usual, I simply haven't had the energy or presence of mind to bother with stats. I'm sure she's doing fine, anyway.
    Dinner tonight was left over home made mac & cheese with all the additions, left over sauerkraut (with fennel seeds) & polish sausage and, hmmm, something else, what was it (I'm recording this two days after the day)...oh, pickled asparagus spears, I think there was something else, too, but I can't remember what it was. Oh well.

3/8/06: Provisional BM
    My cold is even worse, today. I'm finally taking drugs for it, which I try to avoid. So, again, no stats. I'm not worried. She's doing fine.
    Dinner tonight was home corned beef brisket, corn on the cob and pickled asparagus spears.
    The provision Bowel Movement I mention above was as follows: At about 0130 (3/9/06; we're still observing very late retirement times) as we were preparing her for bed she thought she'd had a bowel movement. As it turned out, she eliminated a tiny (maybe an inch by a half inch) turd; consistency was excellent; elimination was very easy; clean-up was almost not required. I expect this means she'll have a full bowel movement sometime "tomorrow".

Monday, March 06, 2006

BM Full Stat Day:

A.M. Blood Glucose:
    Time:  1429
    Reading:  143
A.M. Blood Pressure:
    Time:  1427
    BP:  135/56
    Pulse:  55

P.M. Blood Glucose:
    Time:  2138
    Reading:  88
P.M. Blood Pressure:
    Time:  2135
    BP:  125/60
    Pulse:  57

    I didn't give Mom furosemide yesterday as I was thinking I might. She'd pretty much flushed everything. Her pressures, though, remain somewhat more elevated than I'd like, although part of the reason continues to be due to Kitten Interference.
    Dinner, tonight, was sauerkraut with polish sausage and grilled garlic/Parmesan whole wheat french bread.
    Her Bowel Movement occurred at 1825: Very good volume; good consistency; very easy elimination; still having smeary clean-up problems, not sure why.
    Very late retirement continues: She was up until 0200 3/7/06 tonight.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Full Stat Day:

A.M. Blood Glucose:
    Time:  1340
    Reading:  118
A.M. Blood Pressure:
    Time:  1414
    BP:  129/58
    Pulse:  54

P.M. Blood Glucose:
    Time:  2122
    Reading:  106
P.M. Blood Pressure:
    Time:  2121
    BP:  131/58
    Pulse:  58

    Looks like her BP is suffering from Kitten Interference and will probably continue to do so for the next several days. Every time I seek out a good time to take her BP, along comes Mr. Man to distract her.
    Dinner tonight was rolled flank steak with Portabello mushrooms, baked on top of a thick slice of onion and sprinkled with Worchestershire sauce; with corn on the cob.
    Regarding breakfast, over the last few days I've been serving hard boiled instead of fried eggs (except when we have bulk sausage; I still scramble them into crumbled, fried sausage), which also means I've been eating eggs. I much prefer boiled to fried/scrambled, whatever. I've done this in an effort to cut back a little on her salt and fat intake. Not a big deal nor a big push...I just thought it might be a good time to start instituting some formal notice of these things.
    Her extremely late (or extremely early, depending on how you look at it) retirement continues.