I am frankly astonished by the amount Ninny (93 with vascular dementia) can eat. She was less than 100 lbs for 90 years of her life. She is now 115 and rising quite rapidly. It was a bit funny until it became both concerning and, well, EXPENSIVE. Here was what she ate yesterday:
11am - 2 bowls of cereal with milk, back-to-back, a piece of toast with margarine, a cup of tea
12 pm - another 2 pieces of toast with low-sugar jam and 2 cookies
2 pm - a hot dog, a bowl of chicken noodle soup, another cookie
4:30 pm - a sandwich with deli sausage, sandwich spread, cheese and mayonnaise, half a dozen Vinta crackers, a second cup of tea
5:30 pm - half a rotisserie chicken breast, macaroni salad, potato wedges, a dinner roll, 1/2 glass fruit juice. She left some chicken and wedges behind and said she was full (it was a lot of food)
7pm - came and helped herself to yet more cereal, claiming she was 'starving'... again
This woman eats WAY more than I do, and I'm 6 1/2 months pregnant, LOL. I have no idea where she is putting it all. She was never a big eater before the last 3 months or so. I am wondering if there might be something we've yet to diagnose going on here, or if she is perhaps doing it out of boredom? I am going to ask her doctor tomorrow, but wondered if any of you might have any insight or an opinion on this in the meantime. She does have diabetes and receives a daily injection of slow-release insulin, which I know increases appetite, but this seems absurd. She is going to eat me out of house and home!
I don't really want to restrict her access to food but I'm starting to think I might need to (although it will certainly make her mad). Is this a common thing - is there a chance she's just eating a lot because she forgets she has eaten recently? Even then, would she not be stopped by a feeling of fullness? Any and all suggestions are appreciated.