Watch and Learn From The Professionals

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Until Jim’s dementia diagnosis 13 years ago, I had never lived with anyone who had dementia or serious memory problems. I had no knowledge of the disease and never imagined that it would be something that would impact my life. But as the years progressed after Jim’s original diagnosis, he started having real problems negotiating his daily routine. I realized I better get educated.

I obtained lots of information from internet sites and articles in magazines and newspapers, but found that I’ve picked up some of the most valuable information by simply watching the professionals as they cared for Jim. They are on the front lines every day, and they have the inside scoop on the most effective, efficient ways to get the job done.

I learned this last year when Jim had a 17-day stay in the hospital. As you can imagine, I had a lot of time to get to know the nurses and watch them work. One of the first things I picked up on was the crushing pills. It was almost impossible to get Jim to swallow pills and he was only taking about half his medicine. At the hospital they crushed 100 percent of the pills given to Jim. Now that’s what I do too. We crush them in healthy treats like unsweetened, organic applesauce or a combo Amasai/coconut milk/berry shake. (Amasai is a cultured dairy product packed with protein, healthy fats, and powerful probiotics.) Taking pills is no longer an issue.

The nurses also had Jim’s complexion looking fantastic – always hydrated with few visible wrinkles. They did this with a product called Critic-Aid Clear. It is inexpensive and quite the beauty secret! I expanded Jim’s skin care regime to include facial serums that help mature skin with ingredients like retinol and antioxidants. One added tip I discovered was that using a moisturizer before the serum improves the penetration and effectiveness of the serum – a trick that works for everyone

Here’s Jim an hour after his release from the hospital – with fantastic looking skin thanks to the excellent nursing care he received!


Jim Out of Hospital

Nurses also dress patients very efficiently. Their systematic approach looked like it had been designed by an industrial engineer. They taught me to think about how things could be done in combination. For example, underwear and slacks are put on as a unit – a great time saver when you are rushed.

Paying close attention to how nursing staff and medical technicians do their job has yielded a wealth of knowledge. They spend their lives caring for others and know the “best practices”. And with what we pay for medical care today, the education is a nice added bonus.

18 Responses

  1. I am going to try “Critic-aid Clear!

    Again thanks for sharing everything!

  2. Beth Broadhurst

    Thanks for all your updates. Praying for you, and your care takers.

  3. Vicki,

    What a great tribute to your and Jim’s love and relationship and also a great service to educating all of us following this blog about a very serious disease.

  4. Mary Beth Hohman

    Thanks so very much for the update, Vicki. Praying for the Lord’s wisdom, strength and daily encouragement for you and Jim. Thanking the Lord for such wonderful insights and for all those that are caring for Jim. Praying for God’s Holy Word to continue to be a “Lamp unto your feet and a Light unto your path”—-may the matchless peace of the Lord rule in your heart—Much love—Tom and Mary Beth

  5. Stella Barefoot

    Thank yo so much for sharing your journey with Jim. My father has dementia and I have really enjoyed reading your posts. Rich and I will continue to pray for you and Jim.

  6. Garness R. Thompson

    Vicki I’m praying God strength and blessing for you while you are caring for Jim I’ve been there and done that you won’t regret it, when you know you are doing all you can do. Love you Garness

  7. Paula Baker

    Thank you for the updates. Praying for you and Jim♡

  8. Shelby thomas

    I really wish I had taken the time to write down O.D.’s process of everyday living with his MS. What you are doing will be a treasure for you in the future. It is unheard of for someone to live as long as Jim has and I’m sure it is because of the supurb care you are giving him on a daily basis.

  9. Melissa Selig

    I look forward to each blog. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Carolyn Mayer

    Vic, Jim looks fantastic. His skin just glows. I am so thankful that he has all the help he does. You are truly blessed. I am so enjoying your blog. Thanks I wish I had it when Mom was in the Nursing Home. Love & Prayers Carol

  11. Thank you for the skin care tips. Just ordered some 🙂
    Good read as always.

  12. Will and Sonja

    Absolutely loving the sharing, the insight and supportive prayers of the community.

    Many continued blessings along the journey.

  13. Jody Ballard

    Thank you so much for doing this. How blessed Jim is to have a wife who is not fighting the disease but has joined in the effort to make it as easy as possible. At the same time you are educating us. Thank you Vicki.

  14. Suzanne Mecum

    Your sharing this journey is helping all of us in many ways, including showing us how to deal with the unexpected challenges life brings to everyone with love and grace. Thank you so much.

  15. I’m not demented yet, but I’ve already adopted the simultaneous pants and underwear method. Such a time-saver.
    I love what you’re doing, Vicki. You and Jim are very courageous. Keep it up!

  16. Thank you for sharing your journey!!!

  17. I so admire your approach to dealing with dementia. You are using it as both a learning and teaching opportunity. Thank you for sharing and for your courage in doing so. I will be sharing your blog because I think it is a valuable resource and a powerful message about embracing the present. I am sure this is not even on your radar but this could become a best selling book!

  18. mary lynne huggins

    Thank you very much for an excellent blog

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