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Challenges, challenges
Friday, February 26, 2016      16 comments

I haven't blogged in a very long time, and I wanted to update my status for my Sparkffriends. My father's dementia continues to get worse, but we are still keeping him at home, not sure for how much longer. He rarely knows who I am now;... Read more
Caregiving a loved one is a 24/7 Job
Tuesday, November 10, 2015      13 comments

My 91 year old lives in his own home with 24 hour caregivers and hospice nurse visits twice weekly. For the past two weeks his favorite caregiver has been away on vacation visiting family. We have had two weeks of sleepless days and nights w... Read more
Continued Progress
Sunday, September 06, 2015      18 comments

My accident where I broke my shoulder was June 5. Yesterday on the three month anniversary of the accident I was able to put on my own socks and lace-up shoes without assistance for the first time. That was a great feeling! Today after my sho... Read more
Baby Steps to Wellness
Monday, August 17, 2015      11 comments

Eight weeks ago I had extensive shoulder surgery. I am on a slow but steady path to recovery. I go to physical therapy sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Now I am going to our warm water pool Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday where I can wa... Read more
Two months out of the loop
Wednesday, August 05, 2015      19 comments

Two months ago, on June 5th, I fell in a church parking lot and fractured my shoulder. I have worn an immobilizing sling 24 hours a day since then. Six weeks ago I had shoulder surgery. I started physical therapy two weeks ago...painful but ... Read more
Three Great-Grandmothers at Christmas...
Monday, April 06, 2015      14 comments

I have two granddaughters who are very special to me. Now nine and eleven years old, they bring joy into my life in immeasurable ways. They live about an hour away in the Atlanta area, and I feel very blessed to have them as a special part of ... Read more
Together Again
Tuesday, March 10, 2015      15 comments

Quick update: both parents are home with hospice care under their own roof. We have two hospital beds set up in two rooms with round the clock caregivers. Because of my dad's dementia and my mother's appearance after a massive stroke, it took ... Read more
Update on the Eldercare
Wednesday, March 04, 2015      16 comments

My mom continues to be cared for in the stroke unit of the hospital. She is on a pureed food diet with nectar thick liquids. I spent over an hour today coaxing her to eat and drink a total of just a few ounces of food/drink, but this was the b... Read more
Ups and Downs of the Week
Sunday, February 08, 2015      11 comments

It was a week of great frustration!! emoticon How did I deal with all of that frustration? Some days I ... Read more
Take Nothing For Granted
Saturday, January 17, 2015      11 comments

Our long trip for the funeral was supposed to end today. DH and I thought that we should have had an easy five hour drive home from Clarkesville, TN to Atlanta, Georgia. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be. There were three very serious accide... Read more
A Mother's love
Saturday, January 10, 2015      33 comments

My mother-in-law died peacefully in Wisconsin before we arrived from Georgia. She had been hospitalized with the flu and developed other complications. She would have been 89 in a few days, but she is spending that birthday in heaven. She has... Read more
Healthy New Year
Wednesday, December 31, 2014      12 comments

I wish all of my Spark friends a very healthy new year. I plan to take steps to make it my healthiest new year ever! These past 7 months have really taken a toll as we have scrambled t to take care of aging parents. We have not seen or felt ... Read more
Christmas Visitors
Saturday, December 27, 2014      16 comments

Christmas morning brought news of a new challenge. My sister discovered a pretty substantial water leak in my mother's basement laundry room. The plumbing is quite old, so this isn't surprising. The only logical solution seemed to be to pack ... Read more
Heart Failure - Learn All About It
Thursday, December 18, 2014      15 comments

I am learning all about heart failure as I care for my parents. Nine days ago my 87 year old mother reluctantly agreed to allow me to take her to visit her doctor. She was so near a heart attack that her physician started her on oxygen and c... Read more
"We Are Not Immortal"
Thursday, December 11, 2014      17 comments

A character played by Loretta Young said this in the movie, Christmas Eve, and these are the last words my mother said to me before I left her at the hospital today. She was admitted there yesterday with heart failure; she has been my dad's ful... Read more

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