It has been a hectic month for me, with the continuous business trips and most importantly the parting of a family member.
My grandmother just passed away at the age of 92. She fell ill 7 weeks ago and was since bedridden. I wasn’t her favorite grandchild but it was disheartening to see her grow old and suffer so much in her final days.
Apart from a mild stroke and incontinence, she also had bruises all over her body and some parts of her skin just fell off, exposing raw flesh. She was fed via a nasogastric tube and often struggled in the night. We could only communicate with her by reading her expressions through her eyes and corner of her mouth. Her skin was so dry and fragile that I had to apply lotion to her much more gently than I wash my own face. It seemed that her skin would just peel off anytime.
The doctor’s diagnosis also pointed to pneumonia and it was revealed that her skin condition was due to lack of collagen. Her blood vessels just ruptured easily because it had weakened because of low collagen levels. (It’s interesting to note that collagen gives support and bulk to blood vessels and other organs, not only skin!)
My family was so sad to see her in this condition but it was too late and there was nothing they could do. At that time, it dawned on me that many people are still unaware of collagen breakdown, either due to aging or lack of intake. We often take for granted that with every tick of the clock, we are aging and losing collagen in the process.
After this experience, I am even more determined to spread this message to as many people as possible. My family members who witnessed this (yes, all of them) have started consuming collagen. If you already take collagen supplements, then keep it up. On the other hand, if you are new to this, then I will be happy to guide you. Like I said, I am on a mission to make sure people live healthier lives by making sure their collagen levels are perfect. So, don’t hesitate to get in touch and join the bandwagon.
I know somewhere, my grandma would be very proud of this and I hope I can help many others like her before it is too late.