Wednesday, September 15, 2021

 I've been very weak since Sunday's cheerful post -- no knitting, no more garden. I am working hard on dehydration. Archie, who was here yesterday, agrees with his mother than malnutrition is at the root of this. My sister thinks I am living on the calories in cider -- alas, no, to that one. I would welcome those calories, but lack of appetite is affecting cider-drinking like everything else.

I have gone so far as to suspend my Italian lessons.

Franklin is in Paris. He threatened to leave us for several days without the daily posts to Facebook which sustain us these days -- but he hasn't done it. I shall worry about him for a good while. Can he live without Rosamund? Does he have enough English-speaking and Paris-resident friends? I know he's been working hard on his French, but he'll need more, just at first. 


  1. So good to hear from you, but it is distressing that you are struggling. Is there a pattern to your weakness or lack of appetite?
    I'm glad your children and grandchildren live near enough to keep an eye on you.

    Please stay strong.

  2. =Tamar4:06 PM

    Some ideas, some a bit harsh, but I think it may be necessary:
    Can you remember what your favourite foods used to taste like? Eat while remembering them.
    There's no need to enjoy food. Eat as a duty!
    Talk to a therapist. Or sign yourself in for anorexia treatment.
    And get tested for Covid anyway.

  3. I think you should be checked for a UTI or kidney infection. A sudden change in health among us elderly is often caused by one of those. You need blood and urine checked. It’s not cider but it’s something.


  4. Ann P in NY5:20 PM

    Jean, did you know Franklin has a Patreon account where you can support him and where he posts content just for his patrons? Like Andrea of Fruity Knitting.
    Also his Instagram page is always entertaining.
    I hope you will be feeling more like yourself soon!

  5. A friend who is an MD said he sees malnutrition in many older people who live alone. “Tea and Toast is not enough!” His quote. Some sort of protein shake?

  6. Your Dr said you were fine recently, but it’s clear you are not. Seems like it is time to get back to the Dr. Perhaps there are additional tests that can explain how you feel. I remeber hearing that anemia makes you lose your appetite. I hope you feel better soon!

  7. Thank you for posting, hope you find a way through. Will be thinking of you.

  8. Syd T.4:10 PM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...I agree, time to see the Doctor and run some tests. You are very dear to us.

  9. Rebecca in MN12:45 AM

    Jean--I hope you discover why you feel so punk, and that you will soon feel better.

  10. Agree - always go with science (God is always there too:))!