She's still very sharp--only a little memory loss (remembering words for things--she works crossword puzzles!), and she's competent to use the bathroom. But she hates the damned bag and is depressed by it. She's sarcastic and witty and so damned funny, but I worry so much about her!
She's always been tiny, and not much of an eater. I'm currently going broke (well, not really, but it's expensive) trying to supply her with Glucerna and Ensure Hi-Protein drinks which she loves (she must drink six a day).
I make her breakfast (instant Cream O' Wheat--maple flavored, yogurt, apple sauce or diced peaches, and a half a banana) and dinner (often a "Lean Cuisine" or other frozen entree, half a banana and bread or crackers). She makes her own lunch which she writes down for me: little bits of Spam, crackers, yogurt, and a half a banana.
Her ostomy nurse (who we saw once) said she can now eat anything--even though she has a short history of high blood pressure--I guess because she can't absorb as much now.
Mom also has "urge incontenence" which also dehydrates her. I make sure she has a steady supply of water available and she knows the symptoms of dehydration.
Anyway, she started out eating most of what I gave her, but lately she just doesn't get hungry. She says she gets hungry when the food is in front of her and when she takes her first bite. But she only eats about a third of it all now.
Am I doing something wrong? Bringing her too much/wrong food? I've read everything I can find on diet for ostomy patients (there isn't anything specific for tiny, aged ostomy patients). Maybe she just doesn't need as much as I give her? She's never been a big eater.
Any advice would be welcome.