The Lord helped me out with this one because Mom came down with a cold at about the same time she exhibited the UTI symptoms. I didn't recognize the UTI but I did know that she is a pneumonia risk whenever she suffers a cold, and so we put her on antibiotics. And that cleared up her infection.
And we all lived happily ever after? Not so much.
The antibiotic gave my newly incontinent mother diarrhea. Those of you in the trenches of heavy duty caregiving with me understand the devastation I felt over what happened next. End result: laundry was quadrupled, and caregiving became intensive.
Enter the yogurt parfait.
Yes, I know, this seems an abrupt change of subject (and, in this context, not a particularly appetizing one), but stick with me here.
I reached out for help to our area department on aging and asked for products and procedures to help with incontinence. After some stammering, an intern came up with this information: "There is a good medical supply store 90 miles from your location, would you like directions?"
I called our nurse practitioner. "Give her yogurt daily, and if that doesn't help call me back."
This, it turns out, was moderately helpful. Probiotics can help after a round of antibiotics, and yogurt contains probiotics.
I did a Google search for foods that will encourage a firm stool. (Love how Google search histories reveal what is going on in one's life. When nothing much is going on with me my history has queries such as this: "How tall is the actor who plays Thor?" Lately, they've read more like this one: "How to get an elderly parent to appreciate me").
Anyway. Turns out soluble fiber can act like a sponge and help the problem I was desperate to correct for Mom. And, oatmeal is a good source of soluble fiber.
And, people, I have to tell you that IT WORKED! A daily yogurt parfait for 3 days and Mom is not only back to normal, she is BETTER than normal. ( Those of you who are in the trenches of intensive caregiving with me will understand what I mean).
Here's the recipe that is helping us--and as always a disclaimer--clear any dietary or medical advice you read here with your loved one's medical professional. What works for one person may not work for another. This recipe is, for example, too high carb for someone who has diabetes. Anyhow, here ya' go:
3/4 cup quick oats
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons. lite margarine, melted
3/4 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
Place oats in a cereal bowl, drizzle margarine over, press brown sugar into oat mixture until well mixed. Add a little more sugar or margarine if you think it needs it. Layer yogurt and oats in a clear glass or cup.
The oats aren't cooked and I think this makes them more effective as a soluble fiber source.
Hope this post helps someone today, and to those who plow through these posts not because they need caregiving tips but just because they are kind and supportive people--please keep praying for us. Love and gratitude to you and to our Lord.