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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.

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  • FT4EVR
    Hope your mother is doing okay. I read this blog a few days ago and it has stuck in my mind. It is an issue that we don't read much about....dieting efforts that result in malnutrition. I see many elderly women with this problem. It concerns me because I could see myself sitting where your mother is now. I am trying very hard to shed my pounds in a healthy way. Thanks for posting this. Wishing you a healthy journey! Laurie
    4186 days ago
    You've got so much going on in your life right now. Hang in there, take some time for yourself and remember we are here for you. You are doing great, you are doing things right. Just keep on doing wha tyou need to do.
    4189 days ago
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