Thursday, September 17, 2009
Today is my mother's 89th birthday. Today is also the day we have a conference with her doctors to talk about further care and maintenance.
Two years ago we got together in Boston to celebrate her birthday at my brother's house. She was vigorous and strong. Today she's in a rehab hospital, struggling for breath.
I'm heading for Boston tomorrow - better late than not at all.
She's the reason I'm here: her dieting efforts resulted in malnutrition, which is one of the reasons she's failing. The disease would take its toll anyway, but things are worse because she kept herself too thin by eating fruit smoothies and cutting back on proteins.
Nine weeks after I started this, I can't say I've lost much weight although it's going in the right direction. But I've increased my protein and am working to spread the exercise over the week rather than all in one day. One of these days I may even get it in my head that I'm here to build muscle. That seems like a more positive focus.