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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 ... 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
Gratitude for Everything (really?)
Sunday, November 23, 2014      14 comments

I heard some wonderful messages today about living with a grateful heart. It is rather easy to be grateful when things are going well. It is much more of a challenge to feel gratitude for the bumps in our lives- the losses, the misfortunes, t... Read more
Activity Brings Motivation
Tuesday, October 14, 2014      15 comments

I really didn't feel like walking after dinner tonight. Why not? I was absolutely exhausted; the tornado sirens had awakened me at 3:30 this morning, and I never went back to sleep. I had to drive home from DDs this morning in a downpour of t... Read more
Walking in October
Friday, October 10, 2014      11 comments

We have had a beautiful October in north Georgia...some cooler days and some warmer days. Sunshine abounds; we could actually use more rain. DH and I explored Georgia's newest state park with its walking trails through the woods. We packed... Read more
A Mini Vacation
Friday, August 22, 2014      16 comments

My husband and I were able to get away for a few days for a little respite. We chose to go to Callaway Gardens, a lovely vacation spot south of Atlanta. When I was 10 years old my parents began taking the family to Callaway for a week long vac... Read more
Hospice: An Update
Friday, July 11, 2014      21 comments

Those of you who shared with me the positive side of hospice were all correct. Although there are difficult moments, there are also many sweet moments to savor. Sunday was my father's 90th birthday, and a joyous day it was. Thankfully, he wa... Read more
June in a Nutshell
Wednesday, July 02, 2014      16 comments

The month of June has surely been a tough one for me. My dad was in the hospital for 2 weeks, and he has been home with 24 hour caregivers these past 2 weeks. Tomorrow the hospice nurse will meet with the family. Understandably, I have... Read more

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