Category Archives: elderly parents

Just before going to the cottage…

Today when I visited my parents, Mom was pretty good; we sat in the courtyard and enjoyed the warm though rather gloomy weather. She enjoys tickling and fooling around–swinging the two-person glider the opposite way to mess me up, for … Continue reading

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What happened before, pt III

As I reread parts I and II, I see that I have left events out, and mixed up timing, but the facts are there, even if disorganized.  An important event was that my mother finally gave up driving; my sister reported … Continue reading

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Fast forward to Aug. 20, 2010

Phew. Today’s been busy, since I volunteered for 5 hours at the local hospital in the Surgical Waiting Room, and headed from there to visit my parents in their assisted living facility. Probably it’s too much to do both, but … Continue reading

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What happened before pt. 2

So a few more years trickled by with clues to Mom’s deterioration popping up now and then. One evening, she told a bunch of us visiting that she’d decided when she came to a stoplight, if no one was coming, … Continue reading

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What Happened Before, pt. 1

I first heard the uh-oh bell ring about six years ago. My mother called one summer afternoon from their summer home on Lake Michigan, and said she was making a pie crust and couldn’t remember one of the ingredients. Uh…what?! … Continue reading

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