My mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2010. This is a blog about coming to terms with her absent mind.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

A pondering sort of Hmm

I think the new meds might be slowly kicking in, today is the first day on morning and night.

I can't honestly say that her behaviour has been greatly improved (sorry!) but there are glimmers that it may well do so over the next few days. No doubt just in time for Peter when he takes over on Friday evening.

We've had less tears and I'd put her behaviour at about a 7 on the Skipton scale, unlike the other day when it was an 11. She gets very involved with any tv programme which isn't really a problem other than I can't always tell if she's talking about real people or soap characters. Not that this is any different to a large percentage of the population now I come to think about it...

The biggest problem today has been me! The GP has put me on amitriptyline for my pain problems and I'm not dealing with it very well - today I've been so sleepy it has been a real struggle to keep my eyes open. No fun. It's wearing off now but I don't think I'll be taking any more, I doubt I could drive into town never mind 150 miles down the motorway on Friday if I feel like this. I'll stick with the tramadol and paracetamol double dip and deal with it for the time being and maybe reconsider next week.

Tomorrow is day centre day. I'm hoping she will go without too much drama and trauma, but go she will come hell or highwater. I have plans which involve pjs, Food Network and dozing in my new bed.


I've been pootling in the kitchen again. A spot of pickled red cabbage and an attempt at creating a low-carb souffle. The souffle turned out rather well, if I do say so myself. I used quark instead of making a panada, adding cooked, pureed cauliflower, mustard powder, cayenne, s&p, grated cheddar, crumbled gorgonzola and three egg yolks. Folded in the egg whites whisked to stiff peaks and cooked in a bain-marie for about 55 minutes in the top oven of the Aga. It didn't rise quite as much as a classic souffle but it did look the part. It was very light and fluffy and quite delicious. A keeper. Will try it with other veg purees in future.

Cauliflower cheese souffle

Pickled red cabbage


  1. Suffle looks brill- will try it next week. Pickled cabbage- P cannot get his head round this Northern delicacy and is mesmemrised by our family as we consume it in quantity avec meat and taty pie.

  2. Well of course, it is the LAW.

    I love your husband to bits but sometimes he is mighty strange :)

  3. Well, that looks like a successful souffle to me! Scrummy, yummy! Hope the meds help, you and your mum. Course, yours won't if you don't take them, though sleeping while driving not a good idea! Good luck, hon! :) xx