I have very little to do with Mums clothing, bathing etc… All I ever see is the end product the carers produce, then its down to me to keep Mum fed, entertained and generally happy throughout the day, something I’m very good at.
Today Mum lost her slipper and while bending down I gasped, I could put my Thumb and First finger around her ankle. I almost burst into tears… Mum hasn’t walked since June 2018. She eats really well, so I don’t understand why her ankles are fading into obscurity???
I do sympathise. I remember the 1st time I saw my husband’s shoulder blades when the hospital gown slipped. The shock, and I covered them up, for the gown to keep slipping.
As Melly says, it’s probably muscle wastage. Very hard, but try not to despair.
Hi Stephen, My mother’s arms and legs got thinner when she was pretty much confined to bed, even though she did try to do some gentle exercise. At one point one of the district nurses who hadnt visited for a few months noticed mum had lost some weight. She arranged for a nutritionist to visit. In mum’s case he recommended boosting up fats and protein and ordered samples of milk shake powders for her to sip on. Her doctor gave her more on prescription.
It wasn’t possible for mum to be weighed at home and the district nurse spotted mum’s weight loss whereas those seeing mum every day hadn’t noticed the gradual decline.
I’d suggest trying to get a nutritional review to get some helpful hints perhaps. In retrospect, mum’s weight loss was probably caused by muscle wasting due to inactivity and a later diagnosed endometrial cancer.