I am very worried about my father, who is 78, and fit and active, given his age. He's been healthy all his life, has never had a mojor operation, never been overweight, nor has he had to be prescribed pills... until a couple of months ago.
He started feeling shaky and nauseous, and experienced for the first time in his life, high-blood pressure. (sky high)
His doctor prescribed him pills to combat it, which he is now taking.
Every time I see him he mentions, just a little, about how he is feeling icky, dizzy. And I've noticed that he has rally lost the color from his cheeks.
3 days ago he suffered from a kind of seizure, vomiting, and extremely low blood pressure (like 50/40 or something like that) which meant that the doctor treating him couldn't find a vein to put a drip in! He came around again, and the doctor said that he could literally see the color come back into his face.
It's extremely worrying to watch someone I love, and want to be around for as long as possible. and I feel sure that he is being given warning signs that something is not right.
Still he went for a full health check up 6 weeks ago, and all was fine. Nothing untoward showed up, and the doctors can't prescribe him something just because he feels a 'bit off'.
But, looking at his diet, I'm suspecting that it has everything to do with what he eats.
white bread and jam for breakfast, cup of tea or coffee.
white bread and cheese, crisps, and maybe a jam donut and cup of tea for lunch
meat, potato, 2 veg for dinner (broccoli or coli-flower, sometimes carrots). ice-cream perhaps for desert.
A beer or two, and a glass of wine in the evening.
No water, no high-vitamin/mineral foods. No variation - he literally eats the same 10 foods day in-day out, and has done his entire life!
Now, I'm no doctor, but in my eyes if he could just add in a few more nutritional foods and a little less bread and processed foods it might perhaps help (if not reverse) his health situation. I mean it couldn't hurt, right?!
The thing is, he says,
'I've eaten like this for over 70 years, and I've never been sick'.
'Yeah, Dad, maybe, but you ARE now'. I say... 'so, why don't you just try and lay off the bad stuff for a bit'.'
Ugh. I don't want to just eat lettuce leaves and seaweed!
Of course, it's like talking to a brick wall. There's just no telling him. I'ts like a meal without bread, just isn't a meal. And aging is an inevitably of illness. I mean, old people get sick, right?
Now, I have no way of convincing him otherwise. I try and give him food which I've prepared (he then goes and adds bread rolls to it) but there's no way I could get him to try bone-broth, or seaweed, or vegetable other than what he likes, or mineral/vitamin supplementation. He is so stuck in his ways.
And, while I know that we are not responsible for anyone else other than ourselves (I can't even convince my husband to give up the packaged/processed foods either!) it's just really frustrating and painful to watch him deteriorate in front of my eyes.