Adjusting to Life Without the Patriarch
First off, it's not going to be easy. My Dad and I locked horns regularly, but he was the one family member who has always been there for me. Of course, it was usually in those little everyday ways. The biggest one, though, will always be a part... Read more
Celebration of Life
Died died yesterday afternoon, just a couple of hours after I posted yesterday. He simply stopped breathing while our son Tobias stood by the bed, stroking his Camper's head.
Not two hours before, he had still clearly recognizes his spec... Read more
The Middle Is Over
I was just too spent last night to write anything. But yesterday and into this morning was clearly the middle.
In retrospect, his burst of energy was yesterday morning. He was very controlling about what got done when and how. He wanted oa... Read more
The Beginning of the End
Dad lay down for a nap about 2pm today. Ever since he woke up, he's been weaker and more confused. That means he's beginning to get argumentative and insist he can do things that he simply can't. He lets me insist on having transfers in and out ... Read more
A Good Day With Dad
Dad's first day home has been as good as expected. We're hoping for at least a couple more before we see any decline.
He slept well last night. It was awkward and exhausting getting to the dining room table. Old house, small doors, standar... Read more
Almost time to say good-bye
We brought Dad home today on hospice. I went to Columbia at 8, expecting the ambulance transfer to the nursing home for rehab at 9. He was up in the chair, but he was just not right. He's not being successful at fighting off the pneumonia. That ... Read more
New news about Dad
First off, I'M doing a lot better than I was yesterday. And thanks so much to all who cared, who prayed, and who thought to remind me to continue to take care of myself and Paul as well as Dad.
His recovery turns out to be a mixed bag. He ... Read more
Update on my Dad
Dad got admitted to ICU with pneumonia early this afternoon. Abrupt onset shortness of breath and chills at the breakfast table at his assisted living facility. For those who never realized, elderly can get terribly sick terribly fast, because t... Read more
Just wanted to let you know that today was not a total disaster, despite starting off with more than 1000 calories before 1:30am. Protein and carbs were within range. Seven veggies and 10 glasses of water. I came in just under 2000 calories for ... Read more
The Good - The Bad - AND... The Ugly
Well, I wrote last night about planning for a Christmas party challenge. And yes, the good news is that I passed that test with flying colors. One small sparerib with BBQ sauce scraped off as much as possible. Estimated 1.5 oz of skinless grille... Read more
Tonight's Christmas Party Challenge
Tonight is the family Christmas Party at the assisted living center where my Dad lives. It's at 5:30, which is supper time for me. It's not for a meal, though; the invitation says "finger foods and holiday treats." So I've made my plan and deci... Read more
What a Morning!
Well, I had outlined a possible first blog, but...
Paul woke me this morning to tell me I HAD to come and see something outside. So I headed out, and heard the strangest squawking cacophony. All I could think as I went toward the lake was ... Read more
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