Category Archives: doctors and medical

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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Advance Funeral Planning ~ Part 2

After months of not following up on my intended goal to get informed about the funeral home process, which I felt more motivated to do back at the time of my first post on this subject, I took a few small steps … Continue reading

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Saying no to medical clutter – unnecessary procedures, supplements & meds

Mom and I have been letting go and saying no a lot lately. First, she started refusing her supplements and vitamins.  Somewhere in her brain she still knows what the important pills are.  She’ll never decline her thyroid med if … Continue reading

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First Guardianship Hearing Over

First thing this morning I went to court again for Mom, but in a very different way.  Last time we went a year ago was awful – that summer she’d been hospitalized for complications from an undetected UTI that caused her to perceive … Continue reading

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Nowhere to Go

My mother has been in the hospital what seems like most of the summer, though I know it’s not true. This is her second hospitalization for the season, and I think we’re on week 3.  Anyone who’s a caregiver knows … Continue reading

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Back to the hospital for paranoia and delusions

This week I was able to get Mom to the hospital before her staff called 911.  I don’t think I posted about her ER visit last time, which was only a few weeks ago and involved an ambulance. Paranoia and … Continue reading

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Advance Directives and DNR orders -Will they be honored in an emergency?

Moving my mother through three different states and their related legislation regarding advance health care directives in the last two years has woken me up to the many obstructions that can keep people’s lives extended against their will when emergencies … Continue reading

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