In recent days Mum seems to have "forgotten" how to drink When we put the cup to her lips instead of putting her lips round the cup she clamps them tight shut and just sits there with the cup resting against her closed mouth. Having just had a catheter inserted everyone keeps telling us how important it is to get plenty of fluids inside her so that the catheter doesn't block. I was telling the District Nurse how difficult it was to get her to drink and she said "Try an ice lolly"!!
We thought anything was worth a try so I rushed out and bought some child-sized, fruit flavoured lollies. At first, the reaction was the same - lips clamped shut. But then, as the lolly melted slightly and moistened her lips she licked them and before we knew it she was licking and sucking the lolly and it was gone in less than 10 mins!! As I had already spent 45 mins, earlier in the day, giving Mum a glass of juice one teaspoon at a time this seemed nothing short of miraculous!!
Just thought this remarkably simple and effective advice deserved to be shared sometimes the best solutions are the simplest!!