Category Archives: caregiver stress, support, and respite

Trying to Clone my Exhausted Self again: Hiring a social visitor for Mom

I’m exhausted.   Raw.   Completely overwhelmed with no sensible reason that I can pinpoint. I spent the last week trying to get it together, trying to pretend I wasn’t losing my mind and unraveling emotionally, and barely holding together … Continue reading

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Hospice and more ethical-emotional dilemmas

Mom has been with hospice a few months now.  I’d only heard the most fantastic things about them, so felt positive about this transition.  Mom qualified not because she was dying, but because her doctor knew we’d both reached our … Continue reading

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First Outing of 2012 – Accidents happen

Mom lost her glasses 2 months ago.   I haven’t noticed any difference since then in how well she can see or read.  When she started saying that her glasses “didn’t work” anymore, only a month after her last eye … Continue reading

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Farewell to the Watcher

Mom and I are both feeling more than a little heartboken that her sassy best friend at the memory care facility got whisked into a nursing home by her adult children with no prior notice.  This family didn’t visit often, … Continue reading

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Perfectly Imperfect Holidays

My sister and her son drove up from the south for Christmas, especially to see Grandma. The wheelchair collection provided plenty of entertainment. Before they arrived, I was concerned because Mom’s status is so wildly uncertain.  All sorts of thoughts were … Continue reading

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Keeping up Long-distance Friendships for People with Dementia ~ Truth, Ethics, & Editing

This is the third holiday season that Mom has asked me to send out all her Christmas cards, this after she unknowingly disposed of her address book listing contact information for her life-long friends.  Since she tended toward social butterfly, … Continue reading

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Creative Thanksgiving a Success

Our creative, 4-part Thanksgiving worked out very well in the end. The week before, I cooked and stuffed an 18-lb turkey, just for us (and any visitors) to eat all month.  As I mentioned in my last post, I’m quite … Continue reading

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