Category Archives: personal care

Finding my way back

After mom’s hip fracture in March of 2011 and move to the Skilled Facility, I wandered for some time, losing words, misplacing hopes, overestimating prognoses, and railing at for profit long term care organizations whose mission it is to imbue … Continue reading

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Of debriding, handholding, and getting tough with mom

Mom took a fall a week ago as she was getting up from her afternoon nap. Rather than pull the “help” string next to her bed, she took the “I can do this myself” route. About the same time her … Continue reading

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From whence my help shall come

A lot has changed since then. Since then, her forgetfulness diagnosis has received an upgrade to severe dementia; vascular dementia, not Alzheimer’s. Vascular dementia is caused by uncontrolled hypertension, for the most part. Approximately 20% of dementia is classifed as vascular in … Continue reading

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We are not defined by our brokenness

My 90 year old mother lives nearby in a an assisted living facility. I’ve had the joy to live in the same zip code with her since she relocated 3 1/2 years ago. On the eve of her moving, I … Continue reading

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Breaking things

Friday I got a rare call from my father to tell me that Mom’s tooth had come out, and he thought I ought to come and look at it. Is there a rule somewhere that things like this happen over … Continue reading

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Just plain tired.

I rolled out of bed early this morning, for the THIRD day in a row. I don’t like to HAVE to get up early, though sometimes I will because I want to, which is then OK. But how I loathed … Continue reading

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