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3/3/15 9:05 A

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I called Mom to see if Barb was still there and was going to the doctor appointment that she insisted be made. She already left. Without setting the garbage out for pickup. Without taking her own garbage from upstairs out. Mom had the bandage off. She either scraped it again or picked at it.

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3/2/15 7:52 A

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I thought Mom and Barb went to the casino yesterday. Mom called about 7:30; they missed the bus. She told me she needed money. She wants an allowance every month. She wants money for when she does go to the casino (trying for tomorrow). She wants $300 to pay for the doctor today.

If I had a nickle for every time she's asked for an "allowance" in the past month, I'd be rich. It's always when Barb is with her. I have no clue where she got the figure for the cost of the doctor.

I am worried about her. I know she needs someone with her more. I know I can't keep going the way I'm going and doing most of the things for her. I need help. I need to do for me; I'm tired of getting sick. I need to take care of Sherry and Helena right now or their well-being will be in danger. Definitely time for a family meeting.

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3/1/15 4:13 P

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Sandy said the knee still looked bad yesterday - like mom had been picking at it. When Sandy went to go get some bandage tape, Mom told Brooke that she fell when she was hanging sheets on the line. It's been a year and a half since she's done that. I believe she tripped going up the stairs when she was in the basement a little over a week ago. I'm glad she's going to the doctor tomorrow. I think she needs something for her nerves, but I hate for her to take anything else.

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2/28/15 8:07 A

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Mom had her bandage off again. It looked like she had tried to clean it with a kleenex. She's nervous about something and is constantly picking at her eyebrow, her nose, etc. I realized Monday that someone needs to be with her more. Everybody seems to be turning to me. And I keep thinking: Wait. I love my Mom. I have a life. I don't want to give up working to pay my bills, give up my relationship with Tim, give up my time with my girls. Why does everyone think I should give all this up? I can do so much with Mom, but I need help.

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2/27/15 10:37 A

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She had duct tape on her knee yesterday and on the top of the cookie jar that Tim just fixed. It's scary.

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2/26/15 9:34 A

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Somehow the bandage was off when I got there yesterday morning. She didn't know if it fell off or she took it off. I called to make reservations for the casino for Sunday for her and Barb. She got confused as to what day she was going. It was easy to do. There was a ? on Thursday and Saturday, then Barb said Sunday. Mom keeps wanting me to go. I just don't have the money, the time...plus I have a meeting on Sunday.

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2/25/15 10:05 A

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I stopped before and after babysitting. Her knee is looking better. When I came after babysitting, she had already ate. It surprised me a little, but made me feel good knowing that she actually did eat on her own.

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2/24/15 8:17 A

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I took Mom to the doctor for her knee yesterday. When we got there, it was a lot worse. the doctor said she fell. She doesn't remember when she did. I talked to Barb afterwards. She said mom had a bad night Sunday night. I know Barb doesn't handle things all that well, but I wondered why she didn't go with us after knowing Mom had a bad night. Mom wanted Barb to spend the night last night and Barb told her no.

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2/23/15 9:28 A

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Mom showed Cheryl and me her knee yesterday. It's swollen and has a u-shaped rash on it. Cheryl called me last night and said it looks worse. I am taking her into the doctor.

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2/22/15 8:30 A

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When I called her in the morning, she gave me the impression that she was by herself. When I got there, Barb had spent the night. She insisted I give my sister a kiss. Barb asked if anyone was doing anything about Mom's knee hurting, otherwise she would have to. I told her that I took her to the doctor who gave her something, said it was arthritis, and recommended going back to the doctor that replaced the knee. I tried to find out who it was but couldn't. I am giving her an Aleve every morning and will make an appointment with a doctor that was just recommended to me. I should have told her that she could take over.

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2/21/15 8:38 A

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It was casino day yesterday. She was dressed before I got there.

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2/20/15 9:36 A

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Mom was unsure about a few things yesterday. Not sure what got her out of her routine, other than the fact that Barb spent the night Tuesday night.

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2/19/15 10:55 A

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I talked to Mom 3 times yesterday and told her I was in an accident. She didn't remember. When Lisa called me when she was there, Mom didn't remember talking to me.

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2/18/15 1:03 P

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Mom asked me again for an allowance again yesterday before she went to the casino. When I got there, she was dressed and had cleaned a bit.

This morning she said she hurt a bit from the ambulance ride.

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2/17/15 10:10 A

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Sunday night, Mom realized that she didn't have her passport. Instead of calling me, she looked everywhere and even called Barb. Barb told her to call me and she didn't. I still had it in my purse from when we went to the hospital.

She called me last night and said she wanted to talk to me but wouldn't say what it is about. I don't know if she will remember today or not. Sometimes when she says that, Barb has given her some ideas (that are usually wrong) and then she gets to questioning things.

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2/16/15 10:08 A

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Although I knew what Mom needed in the house, she wanted me to make a grocery list when I got there. Harry was there when I did get there. But I still took the garbage to the curb and made a grocery list. I started going through Mom's closet and managed to get a tall garbage bag full of stained clothes. I took them right out to the garbage and I don't think Mom noticed.

I was getting ready to leave and she asked if she could have money at the beginning of each month. (Sounds like a Barb suggestion to me.) I told her that I had already given her the money and her purse was ready for the casino. She wanted to double check. Her purse didn't have the candy, the Canadian money and most of the American money in it that I had put in there on Friday. As I started to look for it, she remembered that it was in the basket under the cloth.


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2/15/15 9:52 A

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Sharon was with her yesterday. DTE Energy did come and get the refrigerator from the basement - $50 for Mom and one less thing in basement. Sharon said they talked about Barb. When I got on the phone with Mom, she sounded down and not quite right.

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2/14/15 8:30 A

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When I got to Mom's, Barb was there. She spent the night after telling Sharon she wouldn't.. She came downstairs and said, "I see the next shift is here. I'm leaving." and she walked over the garbage bag on the landing and left. Mom went to lay down. Pretty soon she called me in there and told me to not leave, that she didn't feel good. Her chest hurt, she was sweaty, then cold, then clammy. She started getting worked up and breathing shallow. She told me to call 911 and started praying. I couldn't get in touch with anyone and she was getting more worked up, so I did call the doctor then 911. She was taken to St. John Macomb. By the time they let me see her, she was better. An EKG was done, an x-ray, a urine test, and blood work. They all came back normal, so she was sent home.

She kept apologizing to me. When we got home, I had her take a shower and made her some soup and a half of a pork sandwich. She ate good. She sent me home. I called after I got out of the shower and she sounded tired but okay.

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2/13/15 9:58 A

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Mom still didn't feel good yesterday. She apologized to Sharon and Lisa, but they didn't know what she was apologizing for. I think I was the only one that she told that she wondered if someone had gone through her purse on Saturday.

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2/12/15 9:47 A

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I found out Mom didn't take her pills Monday night. After all the talks I've had with Harry, he still doesn't go down and watch her take them. So...it's back to me again.

I changed Mom's sheets and washed her bedspread yesterday. She wanted to lay in bed after and asked me if I could help her. She said she didn't want the blankets down first because they were picky. I had to pull them down and show her that the sheets were on the bottom.

Her knee bothered her again. She was supposed to go to Lisa's but wasn't sure if she wanted to. I tried to talk her into it because I know it will be cold for the next few days. She called Lisa after I left and said she wasn't coming. She still had the thought in her head that some guy at Lisa's went through her purse on Saturday, even though I assured her nothing was missing.

When Sharon called her to remind her that she was coming to pick her up, mom told her she wasn't going. She also said that no one was there. Harry and I were both there.

Sharon tried to talk to her about assisted living again. Mom still wants to plant tomato plants, etc. this summer. She hardly got around last summer and I was the one that spent the time watering when I could. A lot of plants died for lack of care. She's gotten to where getting around is even harder for her. I don't think she'll be able to do anything in the yard this year.

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2/11/15 9:33 A

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Sharon was with Mom from about 11:30 until about 6. It felt great to know that someone else was spending quality time with her. I just wish Sharon was around more.

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2/10/15 10:13 A

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Mom knew she went over to someone's house for dinner Saturday, but didn't remember who. She did remember that they celebrated Meg's birthday. She said that some boy had taken her purse and she wasn't sure if anyone was in it or not. I went through her money with her and don't think there was any missing.

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2/9/15 10:03 A

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Mom called me twice while I was at church. When I called back, she said the cat needed food. It took me a minute to realize she was talking about canned food. I stopped and got some and went over. I knew I had to take the garbage out. It had been three weeks since it went out.

Cheryl brought some bags to the door when I got there. She did clean the litter box for me. There was a bag in the middle of the yard. No clue how it got there. I collected another bag when I was there.

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2/8/15 9:02 A

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I called Mom after Becky came. She was supposed to be here by 12 and she didn't leave until about 2. Mom said she was getting ready to go to Lisa's for dinner to celebrate Meg's and Brendan's birthdays. I'm glad she didn't back out.

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2/7/15 9:13 A

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I got busy yesterday morning and didn't get over.

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2/6/15 8:03 A

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When I got there yesterday, she was curled up in bed with Diamond. She complained about her knee again. I started the chili and she got up. She ate some chili and looked at pictures and videos with me. She really enjoyed that. But then it was back in bed.

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2/5/15 9:47 A

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Mom called me early yesterday asking about Tim. As I was going to babysit, she called again. She asked me what was going on with Barb. I told her that Barb hasn't talked to me in a long time. I can't lie to her and say she has. I did remind her that Barb goes to the beat of her own drummer. She often goes for a long time without talking to people.

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2/4/15 8:22 A

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I stopped by for a couple hours yesterday. She was making something to eat when I got there. Her leg is still bothering her. She commented about having nothing to do because I did the dishes and cleaned the bath. I'd love to spend more time there. Still working on schedule.

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2/3/15 10:49 A

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I will do the checkbooks then head over. I know she'll need tp, kleenex, etc.

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2/2/15 10:21 A

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I talked to her yesterday and she sounded okay. There's too much snow for me to get over there today. Harry said he'll go down.

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2/1/15 8:38 A

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Tim and I stopped by yesterday to check on Mom and get her pills ready. We went up to the store to get her milk and some sweets because of today's snow. When we got back, she wanted us to get stuff to make chilli. She gets lonely and I often feel bad.

Barb called her when we were there and told her that Bonnie was home. Mom had told me she passed. I don't know where she got that idea. She had to call to hear for herself. I was glad when she answered the phone.

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1/31/15 9:57 A

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I was running late for babysitting when I called Mom to see if she took her pills. She said no and asked if she should take the night or the Saturday morning pills. I went over and she had taken the morning pills. She told me Bonnie passed and that she was thinking going to the casino would help.

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1/30/15 8:51 A

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I promised Mom that I would come over yesterday to color her hair. It was way over-do. When I got there, Barb's car was in the driveway. So, I took a deep breath, and went in. I was there 10 minutes before she realized I was there. I startled her as she came out of the den and I came out of the bathroom. She went upstairs to smoke one. Both TVs were on, the kitchen counter and stove were covered with dishes. So I shut off the TVs and did up the dishes. Got the mail and took out the garbage. She came down with her coat on and said she was going to the credit union and asked Mom if she wanted her to get anything. Mom jokingly said money. Barb quipped about how I was the only one who could do that and left. She looked at Mom and said "hmmm" when she came back in, went back upstairs for awhile, then came down and planted herself on the couch.

Mom was acting like she felt guilty about Barb being there. She also asked me twice who's car was in the driveway. This whole week, Mom's been off.

Today they are going to the casino. Mom asked if I brought her money. I told her we had gotten it together on Tuesday. She asked where it was. I went to get it and it wasn't there. When I went back into the den, she was holding the money; she had it in her purse already.

There were a couple wine glasses on the counter and some white wine in the house that hadn't been there. Mom's been asking for wine lately. It seems so strange because she hasn't drank in years.

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Mom had trouble again making phone calls yesterday. When I got there, she was trying to call Barb and dialing 1-586 and then the last 4 numbers. She had trouble again last night. I wonder if she would be able to handle my old cell phone. It's not like it's like the new ones and it is bigger than the one that Sharon had gotten her. I need to try something. I am wishing I didn't take back that phone I got from Wal Mart.

Sharon keeps saying that she wouldn't get used to anything different, that it would be hard to move her. But she has gotten worse in this past month - or am I just catching her at bad times?

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1/28/15 6:49 A

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Mom called just as i was headed over there. She said she was having problems with her phone. I suspected she was trying to make a long distance call and was right. I am thinking about activating my old phone and putting all the numbers in it that she needs. But, as with the phone Sharon had for her, will she use it?

She wasn't sleeping, but was laying in bed while I was there. I realize that her knee hurts. I know I need to track down who did her knee replacement. I just need time to do everything.

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I got some housework done...changed the bed, did a load of laundry, dusted. I had asked Mom the day before if Cheryl had taken out the garbage, When I was coming down the street, I noticed Harry's bin was out but Mom's wasn't. Nope...they were still full in the garage.

After I left, she called and asked where her candle was. One day last week, she commented on how she needed a new candle because that one had burned down in the middle. When I was there, I noticed it wasn't on the counter. I don't know who threw it away.

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I know I need to go over and dye Mom's hair and do some housework. It's been awhile since I've done both and it will probably take awhile.

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I talked to Mom yesterday and today. Both times she said that she was glad I was finally home. Yesterday, she said I hadn't been over. I will definitely go over in the morning. I know there's housework that needs to be done.

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Mom and Barb went to the casino. I waited until after I knew they left before bringing over some milk and straightening things up. I still don't understand why others don't pick up, especially since the same set of parents raised us and we all had the same schooling through high school.

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Mom had Cheryl call yesterday after I was there to ask where her money is. She didn't remember. Barb was in the background threatening to go to a lawyer again because she doesn't know where Mom's money is. I feel like telling her to take the bank statements with her.

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1/22/15 9:03 A

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I stopped over with food yesterday morning and made her something to eat. I didn't stay long because it was snowing like crazy. When I got home, she called and said to not come because of the weather and she had plenty to eat.

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She called when I was still at the hospital and told me not to come over. She was a little confused about where I was.

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She ate good. Barb called while I was there and mom tried to talk her into coming over and spending the night. She also kept asing me if Tim could come over to fix the latch on the front screen door. She had trouble remembering that we want it open so we could get in.

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Mom still seems to be doing okay. I just wish I could keep going over and spending time with her. She does really do better when in a routine.

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Mom seemed good today. Barb was there Thursday through Saturday and didn't pick anything up. I appreciate her being there, I just wish she picked up after herself.

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Mom and barb went to the casino. Mom called Harry this morning and couldn't find her money. She did find it


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Didnt talk talk to her.

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When I called Mom to say I was on my way, she said she was glad I was back in town. She didn't remember that I was there the day before.

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I stopped by for a minute yesterday about 4 because I knew Sharon was over there and I had to get her Avon to her. I also stopped at the store and got Mom some more Pro-biotics and some black socks. Last week, when going to the doctor, we looked for some. We found one pair with holes in the heels. Mom wanted to keep them anyway so she could use them in the yard.

Mom's knee was hurting her and she said she had a headache. I learned to ask her; on a scale of 1-10, what is your pain? She told me 8, so I gave her a tramadol.

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I got to Mom's about 3:40: later than I had intended. Sharon and Gary showed up a little after I did. We realized that no one gave her the morning pills. Then it dawned on me that when I was teasing Mom about coming over at 5 am, Cheryl took me seriously. Sharon and Gary want to see one person giving her the pills. They think that this person should be paid. Harry and I had talked about the medicine issue. Others don't seem to be consistent. Harry isn't always consistent. So, I think I will do it, bad weather or not.

Mom seemed better yesterday. We still haven't seen the pro-biotics that I bought. I will stop and get some today.

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I didn't stop over after church because I didn't want to run into someone. Cheryl called a bit later and told me that the company left in the early afternoon. Somehow she didn't give Mom her morning pills because she didn't know which pills to give her. The list has been on the refrigerator for 9 months now. The pills were in the organization container and were labeled Sunday morning. I am glad she was there the past few days so mom could have company, but she always does something to screw things up.

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Haven't talked to Mom today. Still worried about her but refusing to go if Barb's there.

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I talked to Mom about 2 pm. She answered the phone "good morning". Barb had spent the night and was going to make a turkey. She didn't know where the pro-biotic bottle was - I had left it on the table.

I know that I will have some cleaning to do when I get there. Barb does NOTHING but eat and get high wherever she is. She may still be there. I won't go over if she is.

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Mom drank more water for me than I have ever seen her drink; not that it was much, but it's still better. She took a pro-biotic and had a little bit of yogurt. She said she went to the bathroom once during the night; it wasn't watery, but she said it really smelled.(a sign of C-Diff).

Barb showed up right after that, blowing a dollar store horn for 5 minutes. She turned the TV on in the den, went upstairs, went out to her car, and started reading stuff on the table before she even went in and said hi to Mom. I told mom I had some errands to run; she said she didn't like us fighting. I told her again that we were not fighting; I really did have errands to run.

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I got over Mom's a little later than I had planned. I got working on paperwork...
It takes awhile to get her ready to go anywhere. We were almost 15 minutes late for her appointment. They still took us right away, which surprised me. We were still there 2 hours. The doctor recommended that we make an appointment to see the orthopedic surgeon who replaced her right knee. He wasn't concerned about the diarrhea. She got a pneumonia shot. She had a UTI - which explains the smell of the urine. At first, I was relieved to know that my instincts had been right. Then I started thinking about how antibiotics can play havoc with the good bacteria. I will go back today and bring pro-biotics and yogurt.

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Mom was sleeping again when I got there about 1. She said she had diarrhea 3 times during the night and she had another accident then. Taking her to doctor today. Cleaned kitchen and bathroom well and finished taking down the Christmas decorations.

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Mom was sleeping again when I got over there about 1. She asked for aspirins and some milk and went back to sleep. A little later, she woke up and didn't make it to the bathroom. I helped her change and wash up. She said she was too weak to get into the shower.

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Patty, Sounds like mom has a urinary tract infection. This can also cause them to be confused so a doctor's visit very soon is needed.



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When I went over yesterday at about 1 pm, Mom was sleeping. When she woke up, she told me that she didn't want us kids to fuss. I asked who was fussing and she didn't answer. She's still having trouble making it to the bathroom and her urine smells really strong. I know she's not eating like she should and certainly not moving much. Must call doctor.

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Harry called me last night to say that Mom called him. She told him that she was all ready to go somewhere and waiting for me and Barb and neither showed up. When I called her, I reminded her that I was sick. She said she wasn't going anywhere.

Today, when I got there about 1, she was in bed sleeping. When she woke up, she said that she wished us kids weren't fussing. I asked her who was fussing and she wasn't sure. She did eat a honey bun for me. Then she asked for warm milk and got back into bed.

She did have another accident when I was there. Her urine really is strong. Must call doctor.

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Tim went over to Mom's this morning to give her pills to her. She sent him out to get some wine. She forgot that there was still some in the living room.

I keep suggesting that she wear those Depends pads that are in the bathroom. Another thing forgotten...but she will put a washcloth on in case of accidents. Must make a doctor appointment.

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Harry called me a little after 10 and told me that he called Mom and woke her up. We got there about 25 minutes later and I had to wake her up again. It took her a long time to get ready. I had to help and remind her that she needed to hurry up. She got side-tracked easily. When we first got to the casino, we went to go to the bathroom. She got turned around and almost went in the wrong door. She spent the time at the same machine - except for when we ate. I don't know how long she will be able to keep going.

Mom used to be so particular about how she looked. She doesn't see that her hair needs to be combed, etc. It's harder and harder for her to get around. I have to call the doctor and make an appointment for her. As we were leaving, she had to go to the bathroom. I went into the handicapped bathroom with her. She had a bowel movement and it was soft. The toilet paper had some blood on it.

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We'll be going to the casino today: Mom, Tim and me. I am anxious to see how she is after taking all those pills last night.

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Somehow she didn't take her night pills last night and had two dosed tonight. Her blood pressure is a little low right now. I will be over in the morning and see how it us.

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she was so-so both today and yesterday. One minute she was sharp and the next, she'd forget. She couldn't find her wallet last night. It was under the chair where her purse was. She called Harry thinking she had heard Barb's voice when she was in the bathroom, and Barb wasn't there this evening.

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I will be heading over in a minute and figure out how she's doing.

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I didn't get a chance to call her yesterday. Today, we'll be traveling all day today and she will be at the casino with Barb. I will be over there tomorrow morning. I realized last week that I would end up going over there twice a day now and Sharon confirmed my realization. What has to be done, has to be done.

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Sharon called yesterday. She said Mom had thought she didn't give us kids anything on Christmas Eve. When I talked to Mom, she had thought she had brought them with her. Not sure if it's just how things are lately or if it's because I wasn't around to talk with her about it.

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I talked to Mom last night. She didn't say anything about how Christmas Eve went. She did ask me what I was going to do on Christmas.

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I didn't talk to her yesterday, either. It seems strange to not talk to her for 2 days. I worry about how she will do.

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I was over twice yesterday and missed her both times.

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I do worry about Mom. I know she gets a bit depressed at Christmas, but she gives me the impression that she's giving up a little more each day.

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I talked to Harry after church yesterday and he told me that Mom went to the casino, so I didn't call or go over. Later on, Sandy called and said the pills were mixed up. I KNOW they weren't the last I checked. I do know that Cheryl said that Mom had taken the night pills on Saturday morning, so I told her to give her the morning pills.

When I went over there today, they were still screwed up. WTF? How hard is it? I looked at the notes and it started when Barb took her to the casino. She said "the pills weren't there so I didn't give them to her". She could have called and asked.

I tried to get her refills today and the pharmacy computer was down. I got one, but have to go back tomorrow to get the rest.

Mom's been depressed and it makes sense when someone isn't on their toes when they give her the meds. I feel bad that I won't be home for a few days, but I really need to go. She made the comment about being ready to go. I don't know what exactly to tell her. I did say that the pills should help. I do need to spend time with her more when I get back and Sherry leaves.

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Mom seemed very uncomfortable over here yesterday unless she was holding Helena. I got the feeling it was very hard for her to hear everyone.

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We took Helena over today and Shannon met us. Mom seemed pretty good - she was happy to see the baby and Shannon. I did get her night pills out and she did seem a little confused about those, however.

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I haven't seen her two days in a row. She still commented today about being down for a few days. The doctor finally called back today and said that I could increase the dose on a couple medicines. I hope it helps.

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I haven't talked to Mom this morning. So, I don't know if she noticed that i cleaned or not. I was actually looking for her driver's license and credit card but didn't find them.

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Mom is going to the casino with Sharon and Barb today. She was really good yesterday - when I got there, she had remembered where the money cards were and had four out with $20 bills in them. She asked about the check right away. We did her hair and got her purse ready. As I left, she asked if she had money for the casino - that was the only hiccup.

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I have to call the doctor and see if I can get the Zoloft increased. I also have to see if I can get her out more.

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She's admitted that she's feeling a little down. I will have to call the doctor tomorrow and see if we can get her zoloft upped a bit.
I called her this morning to ask if she would go to church with the girls and couldn't talk her into it.

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We stopped by yesterday and she was excited to see us. At one point, she looked at us and asked what his name was. What??? Complete brain fade. I tried to joke about it and asked how could she forget Helena's name. Not sure if it was the right approach, but...Then she called Sarah Sherry. At least on that one, she was close.

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I got to spend a few hours with her yesterday just the two of us and I enjoyed it.

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We went over yesterday and had to leave quickly. Mom was upset. She asked about Mrs. Ridlon and I had to tell her that she's better. She called again this morning all worried. I still told her that Mrs. Ridlon is better. I don't want her to get depressed again.

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We took Helena over Mom's yesterday. Mom was ecstatic and LOUD. Helena did great. When we were leaving, Mom told Sherry that this was the best Christmas present.

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Cheryl called here when she was at Mom's yesterday. She took the garbage out for me. Mom is excited to see Helena. It's just be crazy still.

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I was so busy yesterday I didn't even get to talk to her.

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I worked on the bay window for Mom yesterday. She has so many Christmas decorations! She's been giving a lot away, like she senses something and just doesn't want to tell me. But I know her enough to pick up on that, especially with certain things she's told me lately. She's told me a couple times this week that a psychic told her that she will live into her 80s. I did remind her that she will be in her 80s for 6 more years.

Diamond is so funny when we decorate the window. Mom just laughs and laughs at her. It does me good to hear her laugh. I am so glad I got Diamond for her.

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12/5/14 7:28 A

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I didn't get a chance to get back over there yesterday. I did stop at Ace and get the bird seed that's on sale. I will cut short my helping at church and get over there for a little bit.

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12/4/14 8:49 A

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Sharon called me just as I was getting ready to leave for Mom's. She mentioned that Barb is still unsure as to where Mom's money is.

When I got to Mom's, she said she had to ask about her money, too, as Barb was pressuring her. As much as I don't want to do it, I will have to get her copies of what is where. She will feel like she won again. Then there will be something else that she will insist I do.

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12/3/14 9:58 A

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I talked to her early; she said the phone was better and that she hadn't heard from Barb yet. She never called back.I assume she went to the casino.

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12/2/14 8:40 A

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I got there about 4 pm yesterday. I took a look at the phone in the den. The answering machine had been turned off and the ringer was low. So I turned them on. When I called later, Mom said it was easier to hear the phone.

Mom wasn't dressed when I got there. She got dressed right away. I asked her if she just wanted to stay in her pj's, but she didn't. She is supposed to go to the casino with Barb today. I did tell her that if Barb cancels again that I would go. I don't have the time or money, really. But Barb has canceled out on her 3 times in less than 2 weeks.

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12/1/14 11:07 A

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Mom called Harry last night saying she was waiting for someone to bring her some more aspirins. Then I realized I never took them out of my purse.

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I tried to call Mom a couple times yesterday and a couple times today because I heard she was going to the casino with Barb today. The phone just kept ringing. I stopped at Wal-Mart after church today, got her a couple things, and headed over. Harry answered the door and she was home. Barb had "car trouble".

Mom and I talked about a few things. She told me again that a psychic told her that she would live into her 80's. I said that she was only 84; she'd be in her 80s until the day before her 90th birthday. She thought she was older than that.

Mom was dreaming about Dad last night. She could see him clearly and he told her he was just waiting for her. Sherry said she had a dream about her the other night - that we all went to a rave and she had a great time while wearing a hospital gown.

I suspect she's trying to prepare herself a bit.

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I got there about 1 and Cheryl had just given her the meds. She ate for me. I cleaned out the cupboard above the toilet and did a load of clothes. Barb called while I was there. Mom laughed and giggled with her. I felt as if they were up to something. Maybe just my frame of mind.

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