Taking Care Of The Elderly - Simple And Easy Natural Cure

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Mom and dad

Mom and dad

Being back from Malaysia is never easy. The jet lag is really making me very miserable this time. It’s still very difficult to stay awake. I feel tired, sleepy and hungry all the time. I am sleeping like about 14 hours almost everyday since I came back, waking up every now and then in between to eat! This is the first time I travelled so far all alone and on a cold season. I count it as a great achievement…..happy! It was wonderful to be back in Aberdeen with my family but greeted by 4 degrees Celcius on landing is no fun. That makes me want to sleep all the more! Really hope I will get over with this whole misery soon. Still trying to smile!

Taking Care Of My Elderly Parents

The main reason I went back this time was because my dad had to go through an eye operation for cataract, his second time. I promised him months ago I would be back. My sister also hoped that I could take care of him for a while after the operation. The appointment was done quite quickly and the laser treatment lasted only a few minutes! That was phenomenal!

But I have never taken care of elderly folks. I was seldom at home ever since I got married. Taking care of my elderly parents would be a real challenge. It was a real learning lesson. It took me much courage and strength but real joy to be able to be with my parents and took care of them for 2 weeks. It wasn’t that difficult at all. We had a live-in maid to cook and wash so I had all the time to talk to them, joke with them and listen to their many interesting stories of long time past.

No Internet, No Shopping, No Local Food To Enjoy

My mom is suffering from quite bad Alzheimer’s disease. Both my parents are 80 years old and very close to each other. But with the cruel disease, my mom would not let my dad rest. It happened the previous time. So, this trip, I was back to babysit both of them! There was no internet there and everyone was away and working, so I was with my parents almost the whole time. I hardly went out shopping or eating all the local food that I wanted to. Was I miserable? No! I was fully devoted to them. It was a real pleasure and delight. This is one of the best trip that I had, very fruitful in all ways and achieved my purpose of going back.

I have lots to share but in this post I will focus on my dad. Will share more on how I successfully coped with my mom and her Alzheimer’s condition in another post.

Nature Has The Best Solution

My dad still has sharp thoughts but is on several types of medication. He had to take drugs for his bladder problem, skin problem (itchiness), high blood pressure (not really high), his feet (swelling) and now his eyes (antibiotics). I was horrified! All drugs are chemicals and long term use is harmful for health. No wonder his health is getting worse each time I went back. Given a choice I would go natural. I believe that nature has the best solution. I always believe what Hippocrates, The Father Of Medicine, said, ‘Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food’. The best is to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle so that our bodies are strong enough to heal by itself. With all the read-ups on natural healing that I gained all these years, I was determined to help dad wean off some of his medications.

Note that it’s important to check out with your doctor if you are on medication before embarking on any natural healing therapies. Doctors are still very important, especially in serious cases.

Ginger To Stop Itchiness

Ginger slice

Ginger slice

The second day I reached home, my right leg broke out in heat rash. My gosh…it was so itchy! Cooling ointment didn’t work. I saw a piece of old ginger. I thought that would probably work. I sliced 2 pieces and rubbed on the problem area. The rough face of the ginger slices brought such a relief. The heat from the ginger just stopped the itch….phew! Each time it started itching, I ran for the ginger. This must be a blessing in disguise.

The next day, my dad had some itchiness on his neck. There were little red swellings. I explained him all the harmful effects of taking so many drugs and handed him 2 slices of ginger. It worked!!! He was so happy. The next moment I saw that my mom was also using it. Both of them were enjoying rubbing their hands, neck, head and even face using the ginger pieces!! Looking at them, I was totally amused! They love the warm feeling from the ginger. I’m sure the rubbing promotes blood circulation and is good for them. What a simple, effective natural cure! In fact dad stopped taking his medication for itchiness after that.

Baby Oil For Dry Skin

Dad also has very dry, paper thin skin that gets bruised or bleeding easily if scratched. He uses medicated cream to apply everyday. I bought him a non-greasy baby oil to apply at least twice a day and it worked. The skin is not as dry and tight after a few days use and he stopped the medicated cream, too.

Drinking Enough Water Is Important

Then the bladder medication. He has been having bladder problem for a long time. I told him about the need for lots of water especially in a hot country like Malaysia. He insisted that he drinks enough water but to me I felt he didn’t.

I explained to him what a Canadian natural healing doctor told me a few years ago. His clinic is full of bottles of water. Any time a patient walks into his clinic, he would pass him/her 2 big bottles of water for free and asked him/her to drink that amount everyday for a week. Otherwise they don’t have to come back and see him. He said that most of the sicknesses were gone before the week is up!

Dad listened attentively. So I made a fairly big pot of herbal detox tea and put it on a small table beside him while he was resting. I made that a couple of times a day. It can hold about 4 cups. He would drink 3 cups while mom would drink 1 cup. On top of that he has to drink more plain water. After a few days, he felt his bladder problem improved. Hope he can stop his medication soon.

Probiotics

Probiotics

Probiotics

Dad was quite weak when I went back. The antibiotics made it worse. I explained to him how antibiotics kill the friendly bacteria in our intestines and can cause our bodies to become weak. It’s often obvious in kids when they are on antibiotics. Sometimes they come down with diarrhoea and sometimes their bodies will feel cold. I always travel with several sachets of probiotics. This time I had about 10 sachets with me so I gave him 2 sachets a day. That helped to replenish back the friendly bacteria killed by the antibiotics. Dad actually enjoyed taking them.

Tonic Chicken Soup

To help dad gain strength, I bought a few black fleshed chicken. Mom used to tell us that these chicken are very nutritious, more nutritious than the normal free range ones. She often cooked tonic soup with them when we were young. As usual, I added red dates and wolf berries. I also added chopped big onions and carrots which I thought would be good for his eyes and skin. Mom and dad loved the soup very much and drank it everyday. We had a live-in maid so cooking and cleaning was easy. Within a few days, dad said that he felt stronger. I could see that he could walk a little faster and more steadily. He told me that before I went back he felt like walking 2 steps backward when he wanted to take a step forward! I’m really glad that the soup helped.

Fruits

Mom and dad love to eat fruits. I bought local fruits for them. Local fruits are always the best as they are higher in nutrients as compared to imported ones and much cheaper too. Each day, they will have a few servings of fruits, mainly pomelo, papaya (pawpaw) and bananas.

Barley Green Powder

I brought back barley green for them. It’s in powder form made into capsules so it’s easy for them to take. They have to take once a day too. Barley green is very high in chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, detoxifying compounds and is a powerful antioxidant. It’s an excellent source of nutrition for everyone. It’s an effective way to make sure that my parents get enough nutrients that’s found in fresh vegetables. My whole family takes barley green everyday, too.

Prop Up Legs And Simple Exercise And Massage

When I arrived home, I was shocked to see that both dad’s feet were quite badly swollen. I took him to see a Chinese doctor and not the conventional one as I won’t want another drug given to him. It was a relief that it was not kidney problem. The doctor said that his body was weak and gave him some powdered medication made from herbs. He needs to prop up his legs when he is resting. I taught him some simple ankle and leg exercises and massage his feet gently too, everyday. It really helped to bring the swelling down. A blood test confirms that it’s not kidney or liver problem. With more water and more nutritious food, the swelling has subsided a lot, even without further medication.

Love, Gentleness And Patience

I must say that I’m really happy to be back home this time and was able to be with my parents all the time to help them and see their conditions improve without more medications. It takes a lot of love, gentleness and patience to explain to them and do things for them while laughter and prayers are my strength and wisdom for each day. It’s really not easy to take care of elderlies but when we look at them from a different perspective, they are actually very adorable and often make me laugh. For all that they have done for us, they really deserve all the love and care. I always miss them and hope to see them again soon.

It is Possible At Last

I was in Sibu for only a few days and then successfully took my parents to my eldest sister’s place in another town. This has been the most challenging task, close to impossible all these years.  The best for them is to stay with her as they will be well taken care of. Will share more on how my influencing skills worked in another post.

Do you have any simple and natural cures to share?

Quote of the day……

“Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.”

Hippocrates


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45 Comments

TasteHongKong  on November 11th, 2010

It is not easy to be a good caretaker particularly for the elderlies, but apparently you did. Your parents must be proud of you. Even your mom is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, she knows you care, I’m sure.
And take care yourself, Mary!

makcikmanggis  on November 11th, 2010

very touching:(…mary anda seorang anak yang baik.Terima kasih kerana sudi berkongsi petua-petua yang sungguh berguna terutamanya bagaimana nak kurangkan penggunaan drugs…dan memperkenalkan probiotics.Thanks Mary.

Belinda @zomppa  on November 11th, 2010

You are a wonderful daughter! I feel like everyone should print this list out - ginger for itchy skin? Your parents are adorable, and it must be wonderful for them to have each other and you.

suituapui  on November 11th, 2010

Well, I’ve been babysitting my bedridden mum for almost three years now…since early 2008. Thankfully, she’s quite healthy except that she cannot work. So I would have to sit and talk to her, buy things for morning tea, watch tv together and then give her lunch. After that, my dad and my sis would be home so I would go back to my own home. There’s an Indon maid to help out, so there isn’t very much to do…just that I would have to be there which means that I cannot do a lot of things that I would have done (like going to visit my daughter in NZ) if I had not been tied down by all this.

But after so long, I’m getting used to it - something like a routine already so it’s quite o.k.

suituapui  on November 11th, 2010

*except that she cannot walk…

anncoo  on November 11th, 2010

Mary, a touching post of how you taking care of your parents and I’m sure your parents are very happy when you’re with them during this time.

busygran  on November 11th, 2010

Mary, your very presence there was good medicine to them besides all the food you got prepared for them.

j3ss kitch3n  on November 11th, 2010

mary, this post of yours brought tears to my eyes, very touching and the way you explained things to your parents, healing, medication etc it’s really very touching hope your parents get well soon!

Jess @ Bakericious  on November 11th, 2010

Mary, you are such a wonderful daughter, thanks for sharing, I enjoyed this post that written full of love.

Faith  on November 11th, 2010

This is such a sweet, heartfelt post. Your parents are lucky to have such a loving, caring daughter. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Mary.

DG  on November 11th, 2010

That’s so kind and thoughtful of you, Mary! You know every details how to take good care of your parents. How lucky they are to have a daughter like you!

lena  on November 11th, 2010

i believe that there were a lot of valuable and heartfelt moments when you were back with them ..you are such a wonderful person and let me tell you that your parents must be so proud of you..though you are not by their side, what you did, they will never forget your love and your care for them and they know.

lequan  on November 11th, 2010

Hi Mary,

I’m so glad your natural methods seem to be working for your parents. It’s also a blessing that they actually will listen to you. I know some elderly can be very stubborn and not want to listen even if you’re trying to help. You are a very sweet daughter! I grew up living with my grandma and during the times of high school days when my friends would go out and party, I would stay home with my grandma because I didn’t like leaving her home alone. When she got too old and had to be admitted in the hospital I would visit her everyday for hours. So I know the pleasure of taking care of the ones who took care of me. Thank you for all these wonderful tips, Mary. I do hope your Dad will feel much better with the natural methods you are teaching him and your Mom. Take care, my dear, and get all the rest you need.

Katerina  on November 11th, 2010

What you did for your parents was very good. Taking care of elderly people is not easy. We had my mother’s mother at home for 10 years. She had something like Alzheimer’s desease. My mother took care of her and all of us for all these 10 years. Really difficult situation. But I believe that we have to take care as much as we can our parents. We owe them that much.

Stella  on November 11th, 2010

This is the best post I’ve read in a long time, Mary! And I’m about to go grab a big glass of water (smile). I think I forget to drink water sometimes-weird but true;)
Oh, and I hope your Dad feels better soon. My Dad had a kidney infection recently. It really worried me b/c he is over 70 and never gets sick. Anyway, I feel for you, and hope your Dad feels strong again soon.

tigerfish  on November 11th, 2010

I agree. Definitely not easy to be a good caregiver but you did excellent! I am definitely for those natural methods too. I always have a hard time asking my Dad and Mom to eat more vegetables! :O

Skyler  on November 11th, 2010

Mary, you are so giving that you have completely exhausted yourself, now it is time to take some of your own medicine (as we say) and replenish your body and mind. Best wishes to you.

Mimi  on November 11th, 2010

Mary,
A very lovely post. Your parents did a wonder job is raising you to be a loving and giving daughter. How wonderful that you were able to spend this time with them.
Mimi

Ananda Rajashekar  on November 11th, 2010

Kudos Mary what you have done, after certain age i consider it is the duty of children to take care of parents beautiful post!

Mary  on November 11th, 2010

@TasteHongKong - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Maureen! It was a wonderful experience and a real learning lesson for me :D

@makcikmanggis - Terima kasih banyak banyak, makcik! Masih belajar menjaga orang tua. Sungguh gembiralah dapat bersama mereka walaupun hanya 2 minggu saja :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Belinda! Yes, they are indeed adorable and I’m proud to be their daughter :D

@suituapui - You are such an inspiration to me! I’m really so happy and inspired to see how you love and care for your mum all these years. You are such a good son! :D It must be very challenging not being able to have a short break.

@anncoo - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Ann! yes, my parents were very happy and I was very happy, too :D

@busygran - I think laughter is good medicine. I made them laugh…haha :D

@j3ss kitch3n - Awww…thanks very much for your lovely comment! :D Yes, I do hope their health won’t get worse but get better.

@Jess @ Bakericious - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Jess! This post just makes me miss my parents more :( Hope to go back to see them again soon.

@Faith - Awww…thanks very much for your lovely comment, Faith! :D I think I’m very lucky to have such wonderful parents. They really love me all along.

@DG - Thanks very much for your lovely comment! This was really an experiment that turned out well. I’m happy :D

@lena - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Lena! You are very right…..lots of valuable and heartfelt moments to cherish! :D I’m just really proud to be their daughter. I have wonderful parents!

@lequan - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, LeQuan! I’m very inspired to hear that you chose to stay at home to be with your grandma while your friends went out to party and played! And you even visited her in hospital everyday! You are such an awesome grand daughter! yes, it’s not easy telling old folks what to do. Need lots of patience and lots of tricks :D

@Katerina - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Katerina! Wow, your mom is awesome to take care of your grandma and all of you for 10 years! That’s inspirational! :D Thanks very much for sharing!

@Stella - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Stella! You are such an encouragement! :D Haha…I’m guilty very often, too…not drinking enough water. I better go grab a glass too! :D Hope your dad has fully recovered from his kidney infection.

@tigerfish - Thanks very much for your lovely comment! :D Yes, it’s not easy to get old folks to eat nutritious food. My parents don’t have good teeth and so eating harder food can be challenging. That’s why I give them barley green.

@Skyler - Yes, it was an exhausting trip but one that I will cherish for as long as I live. Have been having lots of sleep and good food! :D

@Mimi - Awww….thanks very much for your lovely comment, Mimi! I’m really proud to have great parents! :D It was just awesome spending time with them, even though it was such a short one.

@Ananda Rajashekar - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Ananda! :D Yes, indeed we need to take care of our parents who had sacrificed for us so much as we grew up!

Drick  on November 11th, 2010

such a kind and heart warming post Mary… my father and grandfather had Alzheimer’s and it is such sorry seeing the deterioration occur, I pray for you, sister and your parents for strength and better health - such interesting facts you present and the fact that your father saw a difference in the two weeks is just a great statement to the cause…

Blackswan  on November 11th, 2010

What a great journey u’ve got here! Taking care of the elderly is never an easy job. Your parents r lucky they’ve each other to be with :) Hope they’ll stay strong with the love & care of your family.

We share some similarities here. My mum celebrated her 80th bday last yr & had a cataract opt about 5yrs back. I was also amazed at the speed of the surgery which took only minutes & she stayed awake the whole time. She has bionic vision now & could even thread a needle. Hahaha!

As a Chinese, I strongly believe in tonics. I’d childhood Asthma. So besides taking weestern medication, my mum used to prepared crocodile meat & lots of tonics. I’m well & strong now.

I also enjoy Cooking with Chinese Herbs & you may find some recipes here together with their healthy benefits. Hope u’ll find them useful & feel free to use them.

teresa  on November 11th, 2010

excellent post! i love using nature as much as possible for what ails us.

somewhere in singapore  on November 11th, 2010

No picture of u with your parents? hehe…

Jeannie  on November 12th, 2010

You are really a very good daughter, with so much patience, I salute you:D My mom came and stayed with me for a week recently and she nearly drove me up the wall:P I realised I should have been more patient with her but unfortunately patience is not one of my best virtues!

Cenwen  on November 12th, 2010

Hello Mary:)

I am glad to read you again and sorry to know that jet lag is worse than last time! I hope you’ll soon well again quickly.

I put a lot of time reading your post, it’s more complicated when you talk about cooking and food! :) I’m using google translate to understand and respond.

I am glad that the operation was successful.

I am very sad to read that your Mom has Alzheimer’s disease … It scares me.

I accompanied my Mom and my Granny until their death, and although it was very hard to live, I regret nothing. I learned a lot! And there was so much laugh, much as the tears!

I agree with you, doctors give too much medication, even at young people.

At home, I use clay, plants (valerian, passionflower against stress), herbal teas (verbena, lime, marigold, rosemary, sage, thyme, honey, lemon) and essential oils (thyme, rosemary , tea tree, lemon, grapefruit, geranium, eucalyptus oil …), oil of sweet almond or apricot, and Doliprane (it’s like aspirin, but not aspirin, I’m allergic)

That’s it!

I wish you a sweet and serene day!

Take good care of you!

kisses:)

Mary  on November 12th, 2010

@Drick - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Drick! So, you have also seen how Alzheimer is in your family. Indeed it’s so sorry seeing them :( If only there’s a way to stop it!

@Blackswan - It’s very true…my parents are very lucky to have each other. My dad really takes care of my mom very well. Wow, the laser operation is so amazing! Haven’t heard of my dad able to thread needles…haha. I must try that the next time when I go back :D Thanks very much for sharing your tonic recipes, Shirley. Will check it out.

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! Yes, natural is still best :D The more I read, the more drugs frighten me!

@somewhere in singapore - Haha…I have to hold the camera and take the photos! :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Jeannie! I think it’s easier to be patient when I think of what my parents had done for me :D I also know that one day I will get old too. Hope I won’t be one stubborn woman and drive my children up the wall…haha :D

@Cenwen - Awww….so sweet of you, Isabelle! Always love to read what you write. Google translate is awesome. That’s what I use too all the time :D You are such an inspiration to me to know that you were with your mom and grandma till their death!! It must be very tough but what wonderful memories to cherish! Thanks very much for sharing with me all the natural food for various problems. I have to learn more. I love to use herbs, too…usually Chinese herbs. I have learned a few Western herbs but would love to learn more. Hope you are well and have a wonderful day everyday. Muuuaaak!

Nasifriet  on November 12th, 2010

Hi Mary,

You’ve been a wonderful, filial daughter to your loving parents. It’s a joy reading what you have done and achieved in such a short span of time spent with your mum and dad. I wish I had done that for my dad, but alas, it was too late. My dad passed away in 2004 with too many “internal” complications (ie consuming too many prescribed drugs). I’m glad you’re there sooner to get your parents to use medicine the nature’s way.

I am also a believer of natural herbs/ medicine. It’s the best!

I’m sure your home in Sibu smelled amazingly gingerly :-)

Thanks for sharing…

Tricia  on November 12th, 2010

Hi Mary, Love reading your post. It brought back memories. Both my parents passed when I was quite young (mother when I was 5 and father in my early 20’s). Though I wished I had more times with them, I treasured all the times we had together.

My son who is 6, just started to have eczema/rash about a year ago. After multipule Doctors/Specialist/Dermatologist/Chinese Herbalist … you name it, I’ve tried it … he still has bad eczema/rash.

About about a week and a half ago, we started to see a Hollistic Doctor. This seems to work … though VERY SLOWLY.

My little man has been miserable with constant scratching (which leads to bleeding). I’m going to try your ginger method and see if it helps.

Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Tricia

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on November 12th, 2010

Sorry to hear that your jet-lag is so bad this time. It takes about a week but it will surely get better.

It is very touching to hear about how you helped and spent time with your parents. For those of us who live so faraway, it is always so heart wrenching to hear about their health problems and not be able to be there to help. My dad also had surgery for cataract not too long ago and will need another one soon. Now, mom needs it too and a host of other things.

God bless…..Biren

pigpigscorner  on November 12th, 2010

Great post Mary, lots of love and patience is needed. And thanks for all the tips, I have to try the ginger method.

Angie's Recipes  on November 12th, 2010

That’s a tough job…I have no experience in taking care of elder folks. God bless that my mom stays healthy and happy.

Mary, take some good rest and relax.

Angie

Cheah  on November 12th, 2010

I totally agree with you that taking care of old folks is no joke, more so if they’re unwell. I’m sure your parents will miss you so much. Old ginger will fight off itchiness? I’ll try that next time because each time I return home from overseas, especially if it’s from a cold country, I’ll get rashes all over and need to plaster on aqua cream! And the cream will make my skin sticky because of the humidity! Take plenty of rest, Mary. You truly deserve it!

nisha  on November 13th, 2010

Great Post , I’m sure your parents are proud of you.

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on November 13th, 2010

Mary it’s clear how much you love you parents and I’m sorry to learn that they are not in good health. I think you’ve done your Dad an absolute world of good with your visit and changes that although are each small and manageable, add up to have large effects :)

kristy  on November 13th, 2010

Phew… finally, the site has been running slow lately! Yes, I have to agree with you about the drugs & antibiotics. I don’t bring my kids to the clinic often when they’re sick except it’s really serious or fever more than 2 days. Then I’ll go straight to the hospital. Otherwise, I will make sure they take lots of water, vitamins and detox tea which works wonderfullly. I’m truly blessed because my parents are still very healthy at this moment. My mom don’t even let me to cook whenever I’m back home. The time we spent with our parents are priceless and I’m sure you had a fabulous time with them. Hope you’re having a great day, Mary.
Blessings, Kristy ((hugs))

peanutts  on November 14th, 2010

Hi Mary, so sorry to hear about your mum, I am close to both my parents who are in their 60s but am noticing little changes and scares the hell out of me just to think of them getting sick. And thanks for the healing natural remedies.

penny aka jeroxie  on November 14th, 2010

What an eye opener for me! Thanks for sharing.

noobcook  on November 15th, 2010

hope you recovering well from the jet lag. above all the remedies, your parents must be most happy to see you. thanks for sharing the natural remedies and take care :)

Mary  on November 15th, 2010

@Biren @ Roti n Rice - I’m so glad that my jet lag is finally over…what an ordeal! Yes, it’s hard when we are so far away and can’t be with them in time of need :( Can only keep them in prayers.

@pigpigscorner - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Ann! You made my day :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Yes, it’s tough but a real blessing to be there for them. I do hope that our parents will be in good health always :D

@Cheah - Yes, indeed when they are unwell, it can be very scary. I’m really so thankful I was there for them for 2 weeks. I wish I can do more. But being so far aways is really tough :(

@nisha - Thanks very much, Nisha for your lovely comment! :D

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - Thanks very much for your lovely comment, Conor! I am really so happy that I was able to be with them for 2 weeks :D Hope to see them again soon.

@kristy - Thanks very much for sharing, Kristy! Great to know that you always try the natural ways when your kids are ill. I do that too. I’m really frightened at the increasing use of drugs these days and years or even months later to be told that they are bad and harmful to our health! :( Wonderful to know that your parents are healthy. That’s a blessing! Take care and have a wonderful day! :D

@peanutts - Thanks very much for sharing! :D I really hope that your parents will continue to take good, healthy food and exercise to stay healthy. Ya, it’s scary when they fall sick!

@penny aka jeroxie - You are most welcome, Penny! I’m still learning :D

@noobcook - Oh yes, great relief that my jet lag is at last over! :D And yes, my parents are happy & I am happy too to be able to be together for 2 solid weeks :D

Shirley  on November 16th, 2010

Good to see you back. We started Naturopathy for Joel recently since we felt he was falling sick too often. We began to see the difference in a day! The herbs are bitter and difficult for a child but we are hoping he’ll develop a taste for it.

sweetlife  on November 16th, 2010

Glad you are back, I can imagine how hard it was for you to leave…I am glad you had a chance to be with them and enjoy their company, I hope your dad is feeling better and am sorry to hear about your mom…thanks for the natural remedies..my skin has been quite itchy lately with the change of season, I will try ginger…try to rest

sweetlife

Simply Life  on November 18th, 2010

Oh what a wonderful post!

redkathy  on November 18th, 2010

Hi Mary, Beautiful post and thank you for sharing the healing tips as well. You are the perfect example of a loving child, bless you!

My dad moved in a few months ago.

It is amazing how they are influenced by our words. Before dad moved in he lived very close to my sister. Of course her being so close, he called her with any need or concern. Whatever advice she gave he followed and remembered it although he may not remember the words actually coming from her. He usually credited his doctor for the advice.

Remembering her advice is a miracle in itself as he has had more than four strokes over the years. Now that he is living here, he does the same with me. It seems the words from people he trusts he remembers the most.

Magic of Spice  on December 7th, 2010

Lovely post…I am sorry about you jet-lag, I am hoping that it has passed now.
Such a difficult thing helping your parents through the tough times. The beauty in life can be challenged when confronting challenges, but it is so wonderful for people whom have such love from their children as comfort. Even if it does not seem that hey are aware of this,they are.

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